Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is International Management?
    • Disengaging Moral Values
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Women in International Management
    • Towards an Ambicultural Approach to Management
    • Are Japanese Firms able to Globalise?
    • SMEs in International Management
    • Corporate Leadership: Relocation of a Business-Unit HQ to Asia
    • Should Google Operate in China?
    • Internationalisation of Emerging-Market Companies
    • Case Studies of Huawei and Haier¿two Powerful Chinese Multinationals
    • Multinational Teams, Top Management Teams and Cross-Cultural Competencies
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

On successful completion of this degree 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Assessment (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 1 (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject we focus mainly on contemporary issues rather than provide a dry run of topics usually taught in most postgraduate international business degrees. With a combination of tackling issues raised by the Subject 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.

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