- Class Number 4585
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Andrew Bradly
- Dr Cameron Gordon
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
This course is a broad survey of the field of international business and provides the foundations for further specialisation in this field. It will begin with a brief overview of international business, focused on the concept of globalisation. The course will then examine the environment for international firms, particularly the political, social economic, technological and other configurations that support cross-border trade and investment. Amongst others, we will look at the role of national policies, cultures and business systems, the evolution of international markets in goods, services and finance, and the supernational mechanisms and infrastructures for trade, investment and finance. The course will then probe international firms: their strategies and organisational design, their entry modes into international enterprise, and their behavioural and control systems.
Discussion of current events/affairs and how these impact on international businesses is a major part of the course, for instance, issues relating to international trade, foreign investment, international political conflict, financial crises, etc.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify the main features of the international business environment and its main institutions;
- analyse the political, social, economic, technological and other configurations that support cross-border trade;
- apply an understanding of the nature of the multinational firm as an institutional structure for the conduct of cross-border trade and investment;
- analyse the key decisions that multinational firms make in relation to the choice of markets and entry strategies;
- apply an understanding of the different modes of engagement with international markets and explore the interconnectedness between these and the economic, legal, governmental, political, regulatory, cultural and other environments in which expanding companies operate;
- research international business issues and apply theoretical insights to the analysis of such issues in the context of a complex international business environment; and,
- communicate effectively in oral and written forms using the concepts, logic and rhetorical conventions of of the subject.
The lecture content will include scholarly research in the field of International Business including the lecturer’s own research. In addition, other data, research and concepts will be presented during the lectures that are not covered in the textbook. This material will be sourced from research institutes, consultants, and international agencies.
During the tutorials, students will have the opportunity to analyse, apply, and present on contemporary international business concepts, issues, and practices.
Lectures may be streamed live or pre-recorded and made available on Echo360 and Wattle; and tutorials will be carried out both face-to face and online synchronously and recorded through ZOOM.
There are no field trips in this course.
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional class costs.
Examination Material or equipment
This course has a final examination. Further instructions will be advised by the convenor during the course and on Wattle by end of Week 12.
Hill, C.W.L. & G.T.M. Hult (2020), Global Business Today, 11th Edition, International Student Edition, McGraw-Hill Custom Publishing, North Ryde.
Details about how to purchase the e-book or hard copy will be provided on Wattle.
The textbook (hard copy and e-text) will also be available in the Chifley Library reserve & short loan collection.
Additional readings related to the weekly topics will also be provided via the links on Wattle.
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
- Academy of International Business: http://aib.msu.edu/
- Asian Development Bank: 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/
- Australian Bureau of Statistics: http://www.abs.gov.au/
- Australian Securities and Investments Commission: http://www.asic.gov.au/
- Australian Stock Exchange Limited (ASX): http://www.asx.com.au
- Company Annual Reports Online: http://www.carol.co.uk/
- Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade: http://www.dfat.gov.au/
- Doing Business (World Bank Group): http://www.doingbusiness.org/
- Global Edge: http://globaledge.msu.edu/
- International Monetary Fund: www.imf.org
- OECD: www.oecd.org
- Pacific Economic Cooperation Council: http://www.pecc.org
- The Economist: www.economist.com
- World Factbook (CIA): http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
- World Bank: worldbank.org
Staff FeedbackStudents 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 FeedbackANU 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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1: Introduction to International Business / The challenge and future of globalisation||Lectures: delivered live via Zoom and recorded (see Wattle for further details) Readings: Chapter 1|
|2||Week 2: Political environments and international business||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom (see Wattle for further details) Readings: Chapter 2|
|3||Week 3: Economic environments and international business||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 3|
|4||Week 4: Cultural environments and international business||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 4|
|5||Week 5: Ethics and international business||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 5|
|6||Week 6: International trade: theory and practice||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapters 6 & 7 Assessment: Online Group Presentation due 11:59pm Monday of Week 6 (29 March 2021)|
|7||Week 7: Foreign direct investment||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 8|
|8||Week 8: Regional economic integration||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 9|
|9||Week 9: Foreign exchange markets||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 10 Assessment: Business Environment Analysis Report due 11:59pm Monday of Week 9 (3 May 2021)|
|10||Week 10: The international monetary system||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 11|
|11||Week 11: Strategy and organisation of international firms||Lecture & Seminar: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 12|
|12||Week 12: Entry strategy and strategic alliances / Course review and preparing for the final exam||Lectures: delivered live via Zoom and recorded Tutorial: Face-to-Face and Zoom Readings: Chapter 13 Assessment: The final examination will be held during the examination period.|
This course will have tutorials or tutorial-like teaching activities. Further details about the structure and teaching activities for this course will be available on the course Wattle site by the start of Orientation Week.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial Participation (10%)||10 %||*||*||7|
|Online Group Presentation (20%)||20 %||29/03/2021||07/04/2021||2,3,6,7|
|Business Environment Analysis Report (40%)||40 %||03/05/2021||24/05/2021||1,2,3,4,6,7|
|Take-home Examination (30%)||30 %||03/06/2021||01/07/2021||1,2,3,4,5,7|
* 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 RequirementsThe 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 AssessmentMarks 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.
Attendance at and participation in all classes is expected. All assessment tasks should be attempted.
This course has a final examination. Further instructions will be advised by the convenor during the course and on Wattle by end of Week 12.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 7
Tutorial Participation (10%)
Details of task:
It is essential to your learning – and the learning of others in the class – that you are fully involved in the course. This means that you need to:
a) Attend class – though much learning will be done outside the classroom, class time is a valuable, scarce resource. You are expected to arrive ready to begin class on time; to not leave until class is over; and to attend all classes. If for any special reason you are unable to meet these requirements, please talk to the course convenor about it.
b) Come prepared – it will be assumed that you have completed any assigned readings and prepared for the discussion questions prior to class.
c) Actively participate in the learning – we owe it to ourselves and our colleagues to participate as fully as possible in the class sessions.
For students studying remotely, participation will be assessed through engagement via Zoom.
To evaluate the issues and challenges pertaining to International Business
This component is intended to evaluate the level and quality of your contribution to tutorial discussions, which should reflect your analytical and problem-solving skills. More specifically, it assesses your ability to understand situations and diagnose problems, and to recommend courses of action in relation to those situations and problems and to communicate your views effectively. This assessment specifically addresses Learning Outcome 7 by evaluating your ability to communicate effectively throughout the semester on international business concepts and issues. As the course will be delivered in a hybrid mode (face-to-face and remotely via Zoom), opportunities will be provided for all students to participate in the weekly seminars and tutorials.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,6,7
Online Group Presentation (20%)
11:59pm Monday of Week 6 (29 March 2021)
Students will form groups of 2 or 3 and present on a recent international business case/issue related to the topics in Weeks 1 to 5 of the course. Each group is required to prepare a 5-minute video presentation and PowerPoint slides on their chosen case/issue. The video presentation is to be pre-recorded and submitted by the due date via Wattle. The presentations should include an overview of the case, issues it raises (e.g. implications for international firms), application of international business concepts and/or theory, and any recommendations for managing the issue. It is expected that each group member will be involved in the presentation. You are expected to use PowerPoint slides (maximum of 5 slides) or other media to enhance your presentation.
The purpose of the group presentation is to sharpen your ability to link international business concepts to practice, develop your critical thinking skills, and to practice your oral communication skills. The group presentation will be marked out of 20.
Further guidelines and marking criteria will be posted on Wattle at the start of semester (Week 1).
The link to your group's video and PowerPoint slides or other media should be submitted via Wattle
Return of assignments:
The marking sheet with your grade and comments will be provided within 5 working days of the due date
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,6,7
Business Environment Analysis Report (40%)
11:59pm Monday of Week 9 (3 May 2021)
2,500 words ±10%
The individual Business Environment Analysis Report (BEAR) takes the form of a detailed report to the CEO of an Australian company chosen from the list provided on Wattle. The report should provide an analysis and assessment of the business environment in one country in which the company does not currently have operations.
A detailed task description will be provided on Wattle.
To develop skills in undertaking research, evaluation of relevant business conditions, and formulation of criteria for decision-making and recommendations. This assessment is intended to further develop your research and analytical skills in issues related to international business.
Further guidelines, marking criteria, and rubric will be posted on Wattle at the start of semester (Week 1).
Assignments are to be word-processed. The use of professional expression and presentation is expected. The Harvard referencing style is to be used. Links to documentation on referencing methods are available on the course website or from the ANU Library website.
You are required to submit an electronic copy of your assignment to Turnitin via the Watttle website. Further information about Turnitin is provided below.
Return of assignments:
Assignments with grade and comments will be returned via Turnitin within three weeks of the submission date.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,7
Take-home Examination (30%)
As scheduled during the Examinations period
More information on the examination reflecting hybrid mode will be made available on Wattle at least 2 weeks before the examination period. This includes details about the length, structure, and expectations for the final examination
To demonstrate your ability to understand and apply International Business concepts and principles covered in the course.
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Online SubmissionThe 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.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an approved 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 the open-book take-home examination during the examination period.
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Referencing RequirementsAccepted 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.
Please see relevant assessment task details above.
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