INTBUS 7506OL - International Business Strategy (M)

Online - Quadmester 3 - 2015

The course focuses on the development of skills to understand the issues that managers face in operating in international markets and supply chains. Students will develop an understanding of the conceptual frameworks that clarify the relationships between policies and domestic and global strategies. They will also have the opportunity as a team project to develop a proposal that focuses on a key strategic decision facing senior management involved in entering an overseas market for the first time; or expanding existing operations into a new foreign market as part of a corporate strategy. They will develop an understanding of the constraints and advantages in developing a new overseas market and managing existing offshore operations with new challenges. This course analyses how multinational firms leverage their capabilities and competencies to create competitive advantages in international and global markets. Topics include assessing foreign markets attractiveness; understanding the impact of differences in legal, socio-cultural, political, technological and economic regimes, evaluating international political and economic risks, building and operating global networks, including entry mode choice, understanding how managers design organisational architecture and implement internal control and incentive mechanisms; and assessing the challenges of global citizenship, ethical behaviour and corporate social responsibility for international business. The course will include problem-based learning, with case study workshops, as an integral part of the program.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code INTBUS 7506OL
    Course International Business Strategy (M)
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Quadmester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Corequisites INTBUS 7500
    Course Description The course focuses on the development of skills to understand the issues that managers face in operating in international markets and supply chains. Students will develop an understanding of the conceptual frameworks that clarify the relationships between policies and domestic and global strategies. They will also have the opportunity as a team project to develop a proposal that focuses on a key strategic decision facing senior management involved in entering an overseas market for the first time; or expanding existing operations into a new foreign market as part of a corporate strategy. They will develop an understanding of the constraints and advantages in developing a new overseas market and managing existing offshore operations with new challenges. This course analyses how multinational firms leverage their capabilities and competencies to create competitive advantages in international and global markets. Topics include assessing foreign markets attractiveness; understanding the impact of differences in legal, socio-cultural, political, technological and economic regimes, evaluating international political and economic risks, building and operating global networks, including entry mode choice, understanding how managers design organisational architecture and implement internal control and incentive mechanisms; and assessing the challenges of global citizenship, ethical behaviour and corporate social responsibility for international business. The course will include problem-based learning, with case study workshops, as an integral part of the program.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Miria Lazaris

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to …

    (1) Apply their understanding of what determines the success of firms with regard to competitive, corporate and organizational strategies in the global business environment.

    (2) Use their understanding of theories and conceptual frameworks that explain why and how firms internationalize.

    (3) Develop well-reasoned arguments about current debates and dilemmas in international business, such as ethical dilemmas, CSR in international business, multinationals from and in emerging economies, among others.

    (4) Critically evaluate and discuss academic research in international business.

    (5) Apply the conceptual frameworks learned in this course in a real-life experiential learning project that comprises an analyses of international economic, institutional and market environments, an assessment of the internal resources and capabilities of the chosen firm, the formulation of a foreign market entry and an international marketing strategy, and an evaluation of staffing needs.

    (6) Develop problem-solving skills by addressing relevant managerial problems in international business strategy.

    (7) Apply intercultural communications skills.

    (8) Collaborate in and lead international teams management and solve team-level dispute.
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 7, 8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7, 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    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.

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    Submission

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    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.

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

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