• Class Number 2588
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Fateme Kanani Moghadam
    • Fateme Kanani Moghadam
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

International firms need to formulate company policies that take account of the fact that they manufacture, service, employ and market to or in countries with different laws, different beliefs and different levels of socio-economic development compared to a firm's country of origin. This course examines the contextual, organisational and managerial issues associated with the operation of multinational firms. Interactions between contextual elements and management of an international enterprise will be studied from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The major topics that will be studied include international strategic planning and implementation in MNCs, strategies for international competition international production and outsourcing, international joint ventures and strategic alliances, organisational structure of MNCs, control in outsourcing, control in international operations, intra and inter-firm technology and knowledge management, cross-cultural negotiation and decision making, motivation and leadership in international management, international human resource management and international social and ethical responsibly of firms.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain and illustrate the international strategic management processes used by top level management in multinational enterprises;
  2. Define, explain and illustrate the relationships among philosophic roots and approaches for international strategic planning and implementation, strategies for value chain activity integration, international business strategies, structure of multinational enterprises, and human resource management orientations, and the role which culture plays in managing multinational enterprises;
  3. Creatively apply knowledge from different approaches to strategic management issues and problems of multinational enterprises, demonstrating thorough understanding of the various international strategic management concepts and their practical application; and,
  4. Communicate effectively in oral and written forms about international strategic management using appropriate concepts, logic and rhetorical conventions.

Research-Led Teaching

Key concepts, cases and practical experiences will be presented in the lectures. The lectures will be supplemented with structured learning exercises and activities such as role-playing and case-studies that have well-defined objectives the international strategic management context.

Field Trips

Not relevant

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional costs

Examination Material or equipment

Only paper based dictionary is permitted.

Required Resources

Please check wattle site for required resources

Peng, Mike W, (2014), Global Strategy, 3rd Edition, South-Western Cengage Learning, Mason.

Please also check course wattle site for details about my recommended resources.

The above book is available in the library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Module I: Strategic imperatives of global markets Topic 1: Introduction - Application of theories and tools to make strategic decisions in the international business context Primary reading: Textbook Chapter 1 ,Please refer to the Wattle site for further information
2 Module I: Strategic imperatives of global markets Topic 2: Managing industry competition within and across markets Primary reading: Textbook Chapter 2 Case Study discussion Topic will be available on Wattle
3 Module I: Strategic imperatives of global markets Topic 3: Leveraging resources and capabilities within and across markets Primary reading: Textbook Chapter 3
4 Module I: Strategic imperatives of global markets Topic 4: Institutions, Cultures and Ethics - External analysis Primary reading: Textbook Chapter 4 Case Study discussion Topic will be available on Wattle
5 Module 2: Business-level global strategies Topic 5: Growing and internationalising the entrepreneurial firm Primary reading: Textbook Chapter 5
6 Module 2: Business-level global strategies Topic 6: Entering foreign markets Primary reading: Textbook Chapter 6 Case-study discussion ?Topic will be available on Wattle
7 Module 2: Business-level global strategies Topic 7: Making strategic alliances and networks work Primary reading: Textbook chapter 7
8 Module 2: Business-level global strategies Topic 8: Managing global competitive dynamics Primary reading: Textbook Chapter 8 Case Study discussion Topic will be available on Wattle
9 Module 2: Business-level global strategies Topic 9: International Production, Outsourcing and Logistics Primary reading: To be announced
10 Module 2: Business-level global strategies Topic 10: Diversifying, acquiring and restructuring Primary reading: Textbook Chapter 9
11 Module 2: Business-level global strategies Topic 11: Strategizing, structuring and learning across the world + Governing the corporation across the world Primary reading: Textbook Chapters 10 & 11 Case study discussion:
12 Course review and final exam preparation Primary reading: Previous lecture notes, readings

Tutorial Registration

Not relevant

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
20%- Short answer questions relevant to Module 1 20 % 21/03/2019 04/04/2019 1, 2
10%- Multiple choice questions 10 % 04/04/2019 18/04/2019 1, 2, 3,
40%- Global Business Strategy, Written Report 40 % 16/05/2019 02/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
30%- Summative assessment 2: Final exam 30 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Please note that attendance at and participation in all classes are expected. Also, all assessments should be attempted.


The course has a formal exam.

?Additional examination information will be available on https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/  

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

20%- Short answer questions relevant to Module 1

Individual assessment.

5 Short answer questions relevant to Module 1

Value or Weighting (%20)

Due Date

Week 4, 21 March

Will cover material from Weeks 1-3

Assessment should be submitted via Turnitin

Return of assessment - Two weeks after submission

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 18/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3,

10%- Multiple choice questions

Individual assessment.

Multiple choice questions  

Value or Weighting (%10)

Due Date

Week 6, 4 April

Return of assessment - Two weeks after submission

Will cover material from Weeks 4-5 (held in week 6)

The quiz will be available online. It will feature regular multiple choice questions.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 16/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

40%- Global Business Strategy, Written Report

Group (or individual) assessment.

Due Date

In week 10, Thursday 16 May, 11:00 pm

Value or Weighting (%40)

** This assignment can be done by up to 3 students per group or individually**

There is no extra mark for the number of people in the group, It is up to you to write up a report as a team or on your own.


You will prepare a report evaluating the strategy or strategies used by an actual company in expanding internationally, including your informed recommendations. This analysis should apply the material covered in the course to the context of the actions of a specific firm. The conclusions of the report will also be informed by some of the evidence-based management approaches discussed in the course.

Additional details, including those regarding the structure of the report will be posted on the Wattle site.

Word limit: 2000 words, excluding tables, figures reference list, and appendices.


The main purpose is to apply concepts and frameworks related to International Strategic Management in the course to real world settings.

This task is also designed to help you further develop critical thinking and evidence-based research skills and your ability to compile a coherent and comprehensive report on the strategies appropriate to the situation faced by a company.

Marking criteria

Detailed marking criteria will be posted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

30%- Summative assessment 2: Final exam

Due Date

Exam period

Value or Weighting (%30)


The final exam will be a closed book exam and comprise a combination of Short answer questions and case-based essay questions.

The exam will be comprehensive and will cover all the topics covered in the course.

During this written exam students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of the content of the course as discussed during the lectures, contained in the textbook and in any distributed additional reading. An exam briefing will be held during the lecture in week 12.

The exam will comprise two components:

6 Short answer questions (3 marks each),

2 Case-based essay questions (6 marks each). A mini-case will be presented to you. You will be expected to answer two questions related to the case.


The exam questions aim to evaluate your overall understanding of international strategic management principles

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Feedback will be provided to students submitted assignments via Turnitin

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not permitted

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Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Fateme Kanani Moghadam

Research Interests

International Business, Innovation Management, Dynamic Capabilities, Outsourcing

Fateme Kanani Moghadam

Fateme Kanani Moghadam

Research Interests

Fateme Kanani Moghadam

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