Contemporary Issues in International Management - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assessment (25%) , Assignment 1 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,600.00
International 3,850.00

Students will review, critically consider and discuss a variety of contemporary issues in international management (IM). With an initial focus on multinational management and comparative management, international management has expanded to include issues concerning the globalisation of the world economy and its effects on competition between firms and nations. Key components of IM are:

  • Multinational Management—studying the multinational firm, reasons for its existence, the way it conducts business and its effects.
  • Comparative management—considering the transfer of management practices across countries, cross-national or cross-cultural similarities and differences of management phenomena.
  • Globalisation of the World Economy—focusing on its effects on competition between firms and nations.

The Academy of Management Journal defines international management as the practice of management with a cross-border or cross-cultural dimension. In its curriculum its major topics include: the cross-border management of operations, including multi-country, multi-unit, strategy formulation and implementation; evolving forms and management practices in cross-border business; the cross-border differential impact of cultural, social, economic, technological, political and other institutional forces on strategies, organisational forms, and management practices; the international competitiveness of firms, industries, and nations; and comparative management studies involving two or more industries.

In this unit we focus mainly on contemporary issues rather than provide a dry run of topics usually taught in most postgraduate international business courses. With a combination of tackling issues raised by the Unit Coordinator, students are also expected to bring to the fore issues that are contemporary that fit within the three main strands of international management highlighted above. An active weekly participation on the discussion board and a detailed analysis in case study form of hot contemporary issues should enhance student skills and knowledge on important international management issues.

This unit includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of a variety of current issues impacting the management of international business
  2. Design creative, pragmatic and sustainable options to address international business issues
  3. Demonstrate advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of contemporary contexts
  4. Synthesise and apply theory and research to explore contemporary issues in international business
  5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary international management issues
  6. Source, appraise and use relevant data, information and viewpoints to address current issues in international management
  7. Practise and develop skills in communicating clearly and effectively
  8. Explore strategies to incorporate new understandings into practice.
  • Assessment (25%)
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • 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.
  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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