INTBUS 7501 - Global Business Analysis (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2022

This course addresses challenges arising from and in emerging economies and their implications for business and economy. The content themes are updated annually and may include (but are not limited to) multinationals from and in emerging economies, corporate social responsibility in the global market place, global competitive dynamics, state-business relationships, among other possibilities. This course adopts a problem-based and discussion-based learning approach. It places high emphasis on skill development, in particular, rigorous analytical skills, research skills, argumentation, critical thinking and judgement skills. An applied research project in international business is an integral part of this course. To do so effectively, this course requires active engagement of all course participants in a collective knowledge sharing and learning process.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code INTBUS 7501
    Course Global Business Analysis (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours per Trimester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MARKETNG 7104, ECON 7200, ACCTNG 7025, INTBUS 7500, COMMERCE 7039, COMMGMT 7006
    Course Description This course addresses challenges arising from and in emerging economies and their implications for business and economy. The content themes are updated annually and may include (but are not limited to) multinationals from and in emerging economies, corporate social responsibility in the global market place, global competitive dynamics, state-business relationships, among other possibilities. This course adopts a problem-based and discussion-based learning approach. It places high emphasis on skill development, in particular, rigorous analytical skills, research skills, argumentation, critical thinking and judgement skills. An applied research project in international business is an integral part of this course. To do so effectively, this course requires active engagement of all course participants in a collective knowledge sharing and learning process.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Hussain Rammal








    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course focuses predominantly on the skill development of critical analysis.

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to …

    (1) Apply their understanding of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility issues and variation across firms and countries in the global business environment.
    (2) Apply their critical and analytical thinking skills to problems and dilemmas in corporate responsibility and governance.
    (3) Develop well-reasoned arguments about current debates and dilemmas in international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, such as with ethical dilemmas, corporate governance practices, how corporations deal with sustainability and poverty, stakeholder vs shareholder interest debates, among others.
    (4) Develop applied research skills to deal with practical problems in global corporate governance and social responsibility, specifically, problem framing, literature research, data collection, analysis and interpretation, formulation of managerial recommendations.
    (5) Understand the interaction between corporate goverance, sustainable profits and the international trade architecture.
    (6) Develop problem-solving skills by addressing relevant managerial problems in international corporate governance and corporate responsibility issues through team-work and intercultural collaboration.






    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2,3,4,5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3,4,5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No prescribed textbook






    Online Learning
    Online learning resources include: course material (slides, access to case-studies, video clips and films), standardized online quizzes and interactive material
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The following information is provided as a guide to assist students with engaging appropriately with the course requirements. The University expects full-time students (i.e., those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours per week on average for a three-unit course of private study outside of your regular classes. Each student can expect to dedicate approximately 150 hours to undertaking this Course. Students in this course are expected to attend all weekly sessions throughout the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Session Date / Topics

    The following is a guide only, as the timing, order and specific content of topics can vary from year to year pending the mode of learning and other factors. Readings and film clips/DVDs to watch will be announced in class in the introductory session and in module one and throughout the course. Pre-course reading for module one is available on the MyUni course website for INTBUS 7501.


    Module One:

    Session 1A

    Introductions and course overview
    What sort of governance challenges do global corporations face?
    Globalisation and current implications for multinatinal companies
    Taxonomy of perspectives on global corporate governance and corporate behaviour
    What exactly is corporate governance and its role in dealing with contemporary ethical challenges?
    Shareholder and stakeholder theory and analysis
    Introduction to corporate social responsibility (CSR)and its relationship with corporate governance

    Session 1B

    The origins of CSR and implications for corporate governance
    CSR impact on stock exchanges and investment funds
    Case-study exercise
    Corporate law and corporate governance
    The political economy of corporate goverance: task assignment
    Introduction to and work on research assignments and formation of business teams


    Module Two:

    Session 2A

    Revision of module one and research assignment update
    Is it better for governments to increase hard law or is soft law regulation more effective?
    Use of voluntary codes and financial regulation - guest speaker from ANZ Bank
    International trade law and agreements: implications for corporate goverance
    International investment agreements: implications for corporate goverance
    Comparative analysis of corporate governance across political and economic systems
    Liberal market economies
    Emerging economies
    Developing economies
    State controlled capitalism
    Other - eg. family based

    Session 2B:

    International trade law and agreements: implications for corporate goverance
    The importane of trade for MNCs and CSR considerations
    Practical application of trade agreeements and policy to global supply chains
    The Australia - China FTA and Trans Pacific Partnership
    International investment agreements: implications for corporate goverance
    Corporate governance and ethics
    The role of the Board of Directors
    Ethical dilemna for employees, managers and boards
    Case-study exercise
    Wrap up, research assignments and preparation for module 3


    Module 3:

    Session 3A:

    Corporate responsibilty and governance in dealing with poverty and conflict situations
    Corporate responsibility and governance in dealing with sustainable environmental and climate change issues
    Case-study from global corporate CEO/Senior Manager on - "Governance, Profit and Ethics"
    Corporate responsibilty and governance in dealing with gender and social inclusion
    Comparative analysis of industry corporate goverance structures and CSR performance
    Student presentations
    Session 3B:

    Future role of global corporations and strategies in dealing with major contemporary ethical issues
    Case-study exercise and simulated role plays in dealing with governance and ethical dilemnas
    The role of the CEO in governance and corporate responsibility - Mining CEO
    Final discussion and course summary
    Exam preparation
    Evaluations



    Specific Course Requirements
    Assumed Knowledge:
    INTBUS 7500 – Fundamentals of International Business
    ACCTING 7025 – Accounting Essentials for Decision-Makers
    COMMERCE 7039 – Business Research Methods
    ECON 7200 - Economic Principles

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Applied research project Business Teams and Individual 35% 1,2,3,5
    Case-Studies, Quizzes and Presentations Individual 20% 1,2,3
    Oral and active class participation Individual 5% 6
    Online Exam Individual 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Total 100%
    For specific due dates please see the MyUni website and class lecture notes/power-points
    Assessment Detail

    5.1 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT

    The aim of the applied research project, worth 35% of your final grade, is to train in international business consulting and more general applied and critical research capabilities. All projects will take a quantitative as well as a qualitative approach and derive managerial recommendations from empirical evidence. Why is this important? Read this article from The Economist (July 19th, 2014 edition) and you will see: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21607816-businesses-should-aim-lots-small-wins-big-data-add-up-something-big-little 

    5.2 EXERCISES

    In (almost) every class, you will participate in either an individual task or a small group exercise such as work on  a case-study, undertaking a quiz test or presenting the findings of some of your own research work to the class. These marks will add up to a total of 20% of your final grade.


    5.3 ORAL PARTICIPATION

    Your oral participation in class is essential to the course as we will construct knowledge through student-centred in-class discussions. Basically, your participation will be assessed using three levels: (i) (almost) never participates; (ii) participates occasionally; (iii) makes significant contributions to the development of knowledge. Significant contributions are characterized by critical, analytical thinking and well-argued thoughts. Asking relevant questions is considered a form of oral participation. Oral participation will count 5% of your final grade.

    5.4 EXAM

    There will be a 2.5/3 hour exam with plenty of time for reading and then answering questions based on the material, research and case-studies we have worked on and using your knowledge and understanding of key course concepts and material. The exam will count for 40% of your final grade.

    Submission
    All submissions of written work through turnitin. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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