INTBUS 7016 - Managing Multinational Corporations

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2022

This course addresses specific practical managerial challenges faced by large and small multinational corporations, such as managing organizational complexity, international strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, international human resource assignments, political risk, corporate diplomacy and government relationships, innovation in multinational corporations, multinational operations and financial management, among others. The emphasis of this course varies on an annual basis mirroring contemporary trends and events in the global economy. This course is delivered by experts of international standing in their particular field who employ proven and highly effective teaching methods at their discretion, such as simulations, case studies and experiential learning projects.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code INTBUS 7016
    Course Managing Multinational Corporations
    Coordinating Unit Management
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours per Trimester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge INTBUS 7500, COMMGMT 7006, MARKETNG 7104, ECON 7200, ACCTNG 7025
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/group projects as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Chanaka Wijewardena

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The principal objective of this course is to familiarize students with the complexity of entering foreign markets through equity-based entry modes in form of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) by shedding light on the crucial issues that determine the success of M&As and thus, influence the effective management of multinational corporations (MNCs) undertaking these transactions.

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

    1. Understand the global strategic factors that determine the success of international mergers and acquisitions, and thus the effective management of multinational corporations undertaking these transactions.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to apply fundamental international business concepts and analyze the implications of the key global environmental forces for the effective management of MNCs entering foreign markets through mergers and acquisitions.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to effectively work in teams and successfully complete team-related tasks and assignments.
    4. Demonstrate oral presentation and report writing abilities in a business context.
    5. Identify and describe the complexities of managing international mergers and acquisitions and understand the challenges and opportunities of global economic, political, legal, and cultural differences for the management of multinational corporations conducting international mergers and acquisitions.
    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    3, 5

    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Reading package (articles, notes and cases) will be discussed in the first class session of the term.

    Readings lists and case studies will be provided in the first class session and uploaded to myuni several weeks before the beginning of the course. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.