The Social Context of Asian Business - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay - Reflective Entries (20%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

With the rise of the dragon economies of East and South East Asia, there has been a proliferation of literature on how Asians or Asian residents manage their enterprises. Some of this literature is good, but much of it is superficial and misleading. This literature often outlines differences in how people in various societies do business, using simplistic notions of culture and values as its basis. Culture and values are important in understanding how others behave. However, the decisions people make are not only based on culture and values but on a wide range of other factors in the political economic environment.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. be familiar with variations in business management systems and organisation in Asia
  2. be able to understand the values and assumptions and the political economic contexts which influence Asian businesses
  3. be able to understand the dynamism in any cultural or social system, i.e. that people react to changes in the broad social, political, economic and cultural environment, thus that business systems change
  4. be able to understand the weaknesses in and limitations of cultural explanations of differences in business systems in Asia and the West
  5. be better able to read critically
  6. be able to conceptualise a problem, argue cogently and express their ideas clearly and lucidly.
  • Essay — Reflective Entries (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Report — Information Resource Report (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

While there are no mandatory pre-requisites for this unit, students need to have developed the skills to write essays at university level.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Various Explanations of Differences in Business Systems
2Capitalist Development in The West
3Commerce in Pre-industrial China
4Commerce in Pre-industrial Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia
5Meiji Industrialisation, Zaibatsu, Keiretsu and Japanese Management
6South Korea: Independence, the Korean War, and the Chaebol
7China: Socialist Enterprise, Family Businesses, and 'Economic Miracles'
8Southeast Asia: Overseas Chinese Enterprises and Promoted (Crony?) Capitalism
9Since the 1990s: Dealing with Problems
10Personal Relationships, Guanxi, Networks, Face
11Law and Corruption
12Collectivism, Individualism, Paternalism, Hierarchy; Summary of Culturalist Explanations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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