Asian Business Systems - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessment - Strategic plan/Business plan (40%) , Case Study (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

This unit compares and contrasts the dominant characteristics of firms and markets in a number of Asian key-regions defined by their particular social, political and economic environments. Following the literature on Asian business systems, five major types are to be distinguished: (post-)socialist, advanced city, emerging Southeast Asian, advanced Northeast Asian and Japanese.

These systems show major differences that need to be taken into account when business ventures into Asia are considered. Simultaneously, it should be clear that all of them are distinctly different from Western business systems and, as a consequence, cannot be understood through categories identified in the West.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:


  1. Develop specialised knowledge of Asian business systems.


  1. Demonstrate the cognitive skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise relevant literature on Asian business systems advanced during the unit and compare the findings with recent developments in Asian businesses and corporations. 
  2. Distinguish the key management and operational factors that lead to success or failure in the diverse Asian business systems.

Application of knowledge and skills:

  1. Identify opportunities and threats offered by the different Asian business systems for Australian businesses.
  2. Establish a strategy from an Australian perspective how to maximise perceived opportunities and minimise perceived threats when dealing with different business systems.
  • Assessment — Strategic plan/Business plan (40%)
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Group Discussion Board Task — Guided group blog with peers (30%)

Not applicable

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Asian business systems: an institutional perspective
2The colonial origins and development of Asian business systems
3The Role of the State in Asian Business systems
4Financial systems in Asia
5National R&D systems and technology development in Asia
6Culture and social capital in Asian business systems
7Japan's business groups: continuity and change
8The Korean chaebol and the state
9Business groups in Hong Kong and Taiwan
10The mainland China business system
11Business groups in India
12Ethnic Chinese business networks

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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