INTBUS 3002 - Internationalisation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course explores how increasing globalisation, rapid technological change and pressures on sustainability have all opened expansive international opportunities, while also fuelling significant threats for today's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The course highlights the role of international markets for sustainability of small and medium sized organisations which build their competitive edge on creative problem-solving. While this is key to growth and winning against competition, it is resource-intensive and therefore often only profitable by reaching critical mass internationally. Students explore how in today's highly dynamic and interconnected world, enterprises are well-served to use the principles of effectuation to take an iterative path forward using resources at hand as contingencies are identified. Students learn about assessing affordable losses and potential gain, as well as how to co-create with diverse stakeholders to have wide-reaching impact. Further attention is paid to how the internationalisation process has effects on enterprise operations regarding intellectual property (IP), risk management, governance and financing.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code INTBUS 3002
    Course Internationalisation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
    Coordinating Unit Management
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Individual project, topic dialogues, group in-class exercises, quizzes, case studies and participation
    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
    1. Describe the economic importance and the need for SME internationalisation in today’s globalised environment.
    2. Identify and analyse the micro-foundation of SME internationalization including attitudes, mindsets and cognitive approaches associated with exploring international opportunities.
    3. Evaluate the social, political, economic, cultural and ethical challenges of the internationalisation process, and design appropriate responses to overcome these challenges.
    4. Devise strategies for SMEs to acquire knowledge, partnerships, and networks for creating value internationally.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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

    Week Content
    1 Topic:
    Role of SMEs and the Entrepreneur in a globalised world
    2 Topic:
    Global Opportunities for SMEs: responding to risks and uncertainties
    3 Topic:
    Growing and internationalizing the Entrepreneurial firm: Approaches, Mindsets and Structures I
    4 Topic:
    Growing and internationalizing the Entrepreneurial firm: Approaches, Mindsets and Structures II
    5 Assessment preparation week and consultation
    6 Assessment week
    7 Topic:
    Finding and evaluating international opportunities
    8 Topics:
    Internationalization of SMEs through Networks
    9 Topic:
    International Entrepreneurial Entry: Implementation Process
    10 Topic:
    Strategic thinking and Enterprise growth: Niche strategies for SMEs
    11 Topic:
    Speed and intensity of internationalization: Strategic Tripod Approach
    12 Topic:
    Developing creative responses to evolving global needs
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Team and Individual Seminar Activities Pre-class activities (10%)
    In-class worksheet (10%)
    Peer-evaluation (10%)
    30% Individual
    N/A Before and during each
    Individual Project – Export Business Plan Part A (20%)
    Part B (40%)
    60% Individual
    Week 6
    Week 12
    3 & 4
    Quizzes MyUni Quiz 10% Individual N/A Week 6
    Week 10
    1 & 2
    TOTAL 100%
    Assessment Detail

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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

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

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