• Class Number 4181
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Lin Cui
  • 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 course includes topics such as international strategic management; international social and ethical responsibilities of firms; cross-cultural management and communication; international human resource management and workplace relations.

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

Bridging the research-practice gap in international strategic management is a key focus of this

course. This gap will be addressed in three ways:

1. Course content based on rigorous scholarly research in fields closely allied to international strategic management;

2. Discussion of ways to apply these research findings to actual practice, including using evidence-based management methods; and

3. Assessment tasks that require students to apply research findings to practical settings.

Field Trips

There are no field trips for this course

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional costs for this course

Examination Material or equipment

Refer to assessment task 4 details and Wattle for further information

Required Resources

There are two options for textbook, you can purchase either one of them. A mapping of chapters between these two textbooks will be provided in class. You have two purchasing options for each of these textbooks (e-book and paperback), either option will be fine.

A copy of each textbook will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection.

Option 1:

Global Business Today: An Asia Pacific Perspective, 4th Edition

by Hill et al. (2016)

>> e-book


>> paperback


Option 2:

Global Business Today, 10th Edition

by Charles W. L. Hill and G. Tomas M. Hult 

>> e-book


>> paperback


The ANU Library subscribes (electronically) to a wide range of academic journals. Journals that may be helpful for your research include:

Academy of Management Review

Academy of Management Perspectives

Academy of Management Journal

Journal of Management Studies

Journal of Management

Journal of International Business Studies

Journal of World Business

International Business Review

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Journal of Business Research

Asia-Pacific Journal of Management

Management International Review

Journal of International Marketing

Strategic Management Journal

Strategic Management Review

Useful Websites

Academy of International Business: http://aib.msu.edu/ (http://aib.msu.edu/)

Asian Development Bank: www.adb.org (http://www.adb.org)

Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy: http://www.anziba.org/index.html


Austrade (Australian Trade Commission): http://www.austrade.gov.au/ (http://www.austrade.gov.au/)

Australian Bureau of Statistics: http://www.abs.gov.au/ (http://www.abs.gov.au/)

Australian Securities and Investments Commission: http://www.asic.gov.au/ (http://www.asic.gov.au/)

Australian Stock Exchange Limited (ASX): http://www.asx.com.au (http://www.asx.com.au)

Company Annual Reports Online: http://www.carol.co.uk/ (http://www.carol.co.uk/)

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade: http://www.dfat.gov.au/ (http://www.dfat.gov.au/)

Global Edge: http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/ (http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/)

International Monetary Fund: www.imf.org (http://www.imf.org)

OECD: www.oecd.org (http://www.oecd.org)

Pacific Economic Cooperation Council: http://www.pecc.org (http://www.pecc.org)

The Economist: www.economist.com (http://www.economist.com)

World Factbook (CIA): http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/ (http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/)

World Bank: worldbank.org (http://www.worldbank.org)

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 Introduction of BUSI7033 International Business Strategy Assigned reading: Chapter 1
2 Business across cultures Assigned reading: Chapters 5 and 14 Tutorial 1 discussion questions
3 No class (public holiday) BEAR team formation due
4 Economic environment for international business Assigned reading: Chapter 7 Tutorial 2 discussion questions
5 International business interaction with political institutions Assigned reading: Chapters 3 and 6 Tutorial 3 discussion questions
6 Global financial market for international business Assigned reading: Chapter 4 In-class quiz 1
7 No class (public holiday) BEAR interim progress consultation
8 International trade strategy: Theory and practice Assigned reading: Chapter 2 Tutorial 4 discussion questions
9 Foreign market entry strategies Assigned reading: Chapters 9-12 Tutorial 5 discussion questions
10 Ethical international business strategy Assigned reading: Chapter 8 Tutorial 6 discussion questions
11 BEAR presentation Team presentation In-class quiz 2
12 No class (public holiday) BEAR final report consultation

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
In-class quiz 1 20 % 01/04/2019 04/04/2019 1,2
In-class quiz 2 20 % 13/05/2019 28/05/2019 1,2
Business Environment Analysis Report (BEAR) 40 % 07/06/2019 21/06/2019 1,2,3,4
Take-home Exam – Case Analysis Report 20 % 14/06/2019 05/07/2019 1,2,3,4

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


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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.


Participation is expected in all classes and assessment.


See assessment task 4

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

In-class quiz 1

Quiz 1 will include 4 short-answer questions covering the topics introduced in weeks 1-5.

All students will receive feedback/results of the in-class quiz by the end of week 6 of semester.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 13/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

In-class quiz 2

Quiz 2 will include 4 short-answer questions covering the topics introduced in weeks 6-10.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 07/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Business Environment Analysis Report (BEAR)

Important notes:

The team will be allocated a 20 minutes slot during week 11 seminar to present their project.

The team project written report is due at 4pm on June 7th, 2019. Submit your report via turn-it-in on Wattle.

The written report has a word limit of 3000.

This assessment task takes the form of a team project towards a detailed report to the CEO of an Australian company chosen from the list provided on Wattle. The report should provide an assessment of the business environment in one country in which the company already has operations. A detailed task specification will be provided on Wattle.

The purpose of this task is to develop skills in undertaking research, evaluation of relevant business conditions, and formulation of criteria for decision-making and strategy recommendations. This assessment is intended to further develop your research and analytical skills (i.e. evidence based management) in issues related to international business strategy.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 14/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Take-home Exam – Case Analysis Report

This individual assessment task is due at 4pm on Friday 14 June, submit via turn-it-in on wattle.

An international business strategy related case, randomly drawn from a pool of cases, will be provided to each student on the last seminar. Students will be required to analyse the given case drawing on the knowledge, concepts, and decision tools covered during the course to answer the questions provided. All cases, together with the marking criteria, will be posted on Wattle after the last seminar.

Students are required to write a case analysis report (500-1,000 words) that addresses the case questions. Your report can be based on the information provided in the case; however you are encouraged to research additional data, information, or evidence to strengthen your arguments.

Academic Integrity

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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

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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

Please see relevant assessment task details above.

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

Unless specified otherwise in the assessment requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards.

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AsPr Lin Cui
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Research Interests

International Business

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