Doing Business in Asia Pacific Economies - 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 3
  • Assessment: Quiz - Online Quiz (20%) , Report - Business Feasability Report (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

The rise of the dragon economies of East Asia and Southeast Asia has focussed attention on the differences of how businesses operate from one country or economy to another. This unit shows how  the diverse political, economic, social and cultural environments shape Asian business practices and behaviour, including decision making, management policies and strategies, organisational change and leadership, and human resources management. This unit will critically assess the relevant literature and provide lessons learned for Western business people and managers venturing into the Asia Pacific.

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


  1. Develop specialised knowledge of the business environment in Asia Pacific economies.
  2. Develop a familiarity and a critical understanding of core concepts in analysing Asian business context.
  3. Develop an informed understanding of contextual factors that affect management practices in the Asia Pacific.
  4. Develop and improve the ability to engage in comparative analysis.


  1. Acquire and demonstrate the skills of finding relevant sources to continuously update one’s knowledge of recent developments in Asia Pacific economies.  

Application of knowledge and skills:

  1. Assess the significance of Asian economies for Australian business ventures.
  2. Identify opportunities and challenges for Australian businesses in Asia Pacific economies.
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (20%)
  • Report — Business Feasability Report (50%)
  • Review — Literature Review (30%)

Not applicable

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Business in Asia Pacific Economies.
2Asian Leadership and Management Styles
3Culture, Personal Relationships and Business in Asia-Pacific
4Foreign Direct Investment, Economic Liberalisation and Privatisation in South East Asia
5Business in China
6Business and the Asian State
7Asian Business and Community Embeddedness
8The Informal Economy
9Business in India
10Asian Migration and Business
11Gender Issues and Business
12Civil Society and Business in the Asia Pacific
13Asian-Australian Business relations

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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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