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International Management (BUS323)
|Description||This unit aims to provide a framework for the analysis of problems and issues in managing an international business. The focus is on contemporary worldwide issues of competitiveness and how these are influenced by the cultural, political and economic environments. Topics: cross-cultural management issues; international strategic planning; international organisational structures; cross-cultural communication, decision-making, motivation and leadership; expatriation and repatriation of managers; and international human resource management and labour relations.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a practical understanding of the major concepts, theories and challenges in international management.
2. Demonstrate problem solving skills and the ability to apply theories to operational situations.
3. Recognise and professionally explain how cultural, political and economic differences challenge multinational business operations and management practices.
4. Demonstrate analytical and operational skills to identify and reconcile conflicts and other issues caused by cross-national differences and similarities.
5. Develop a global mind set so as to adjust, adapt and interact with the changing environment for international business and international management.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 2 hours per week; seminar: 1 hour per week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is experiential which emphasises the important role of experience in learning process. Students are expected to learn not only from textbook knowledge but also from real business cases, group discussions, classroom facilitation and other self-directed and group based learning activities. An understanding approach of learning from students is highly recommended. Students are encouraged to gain live experience and better understand the knowledge by actively and respectfully interacting with and learning from other students with different cultural backgrounds. This unit requires approximately 13.5 hours of learning per week.|
|Assessment||This unit consists of three assignment components: an individual case study analysis to assess students' competence of analysing business scenarios with learnt knowledge; a group based major project that helps students align textbook knowledge to real business operations; and a 2 hour final exam. The forms of feedback in this unit includes but not limited to workshops tutors, assessments evaluations, communication with the unit coordinator by email, telephone and face to face discussion during consultation time; online discussion with the unit coordinator, tutors and peers.|
|Prerequisites||BUS240 Organisation and Management Development or BUS223 Organisational Theory and Behaviour or BUS293 Organisational Theory and Behaviour or BUS298 Organisation Development and Change or BUS297 Principles of Human Resources Management.|
|Exclusions||BUS344 not for credit|
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|