INTBUS 2001 - International Business Operations
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code INTBUS 2001 Course International Business Operations Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible INTBUS 2500 Course Description This course prepares students for working in an organisation that operates internationally. Students are exposed to different aspects that underpin internationalisation decisions of a firm. They also learn about the input of different functional units within organisations in the success of its international operationists. The broad content themes include international strategy and organisation; entrepreneurial nature of international expansion; different modes of foreign market entry; internationalisation of service firm; international marketing, human resource management, and sourcing. Finally, students have an opportunity to explore ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the international context. The course develops skills in analysing cross-border business scenarios, identifying opportunities and risks entailed in various internationalisation decisions, appreciating the complexity of international business operations, and including ethics and social responsibility as significant factors shaping a firm's behaviour in a home and host country(ies).
Course Coordinator: Dr Muhammad Irfan Tariq
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Apply theoretical concepts and analytical tools to analyse cross-border business scenarios;
2. Identify opportunities and risks entailed in various internationalisation decisions;
3. Appreciate and explain the complexity of international business operations; and
4. Communicate analytical findings in relation to international business operations of a firm.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2-4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesCavusgil, S.T., Knight, G., and Riesenberger, J.R. (2020) International Business, The New Realities (5th Edition) Global Edition, Pearson Australia
Recommended ResourcesBased on their relevance and usefulness, additional materials may be provided in class, including recent journal publications, case studies, and business or government reports.
Online LearningLecture slides will be uploaded to MyUni.
In addition, course communication and possible additional readings and links will be provided in MyUni throughout the course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures (2 hours per week) and tutorials (1 hour per week).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in 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 for a three-unit course of private study outside of your regular classes.
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Timetable
Week Topic/Lecture Learning Activities
Week 1 International Business Operations: An Introduction
Week 2 Strategy of the International Firm
Week 3 Internationalisation as Entrepreneurial Activity/Opportunity Assessment/ Market Selection
Week 4. Mode of Foreign Market Entry: Exporting and Countertrade
Week 5 Licensing, Franchising and other Contractual Strategies
Week 6 FDI and Collaborative Ventures
Week 7 Global Operations, Sourcing and Offshoring
Week 8 Internationalisation of Services
Week 9 International Marketing
Week 10 International HRM
Week 11 Ethics and CSR in International Business
Week 12 Course Review and Exam Preparation
Week Tutorial Content
1 No Tutorial
2 Case Study: Internationalisation of Vodafone
3 Case Study: Global Strategy at Lenovo
4 Case Study: Shifting Ice: Big Changes at Icebreaker
5 Case Study: Inditex and Zara: A Tale of Comparative Advantages
6 Case Study: Subway and the Challenges of Franchising in China
7 Case Study: China’s “Going Out” Strategy
8 Case Study: Boeing 787: A Story of Outsourcing
9 No Tutorial
10 Case Study: H&M International Marketing Success Story
11 Case Study: Sony’s Human Resource Strategies
12 1st Half Case Study: Scandal at Volkswagen, 2nd Half Course Revision
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment Due Date and time Weighting Word Count/Time
Take-Home Test Week 8 25% 24 Hours
(Case Study Analysis). via Turnitin on MyUni
International Business Plan Week 10 30% 2500 words
(Group assignment) via Turnitin on MyUni
Tutorial Participation N/A 10% N/A
Final Exam TBA 35% 3 Hours
Assessment Related Requirements• To gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 45% must be obtained on the examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students not achieving the minimum exam mark will be awarded no more than 49.
• All assignments are to be lodged prior to the due date and time. A late assignment where no extension has been granted will be penalised by a reduction of 5% of the mark given for each day, or part of a day, that it is late.
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Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late.
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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
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