• Class Number 2197
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Ed Russell
  • LECTURER
    • Ed Russell
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
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 and tutorials. The lectures will be supplemented with structured learning exercises and activities such as case-studies that have well-defined objectives in the international strategic management context. Practical experience adapted from the cases based on research and empirical evidence will be discussed and presented in the weekly workshops.

Field Trips

Not relevant

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional costs

Examination Material or equipment

For each Case Analysis assessment, an Assessment Brief, including the marking rubric, will be provided on Wattle and explained in class. In the rare cases where an oral review is conducted it will normally be undertaken using Zoom or Teams both for convenience and to facilitate recording.

Peng, M. 2022. Global Strategy. 5th edition. ISBN: 978-0-357-51236-4.

This is available for purchase as an electronic text and in hard copy. (Publisher's web site).

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


Magretta, Joan. 2012. Understanding Michael Porter: The essential guide to competition and strategy. ISBN: 978-1-4221-6059-6. An extract from this book will be made available as a course reading, but the whole book is an excellent introduction to the key concepts in strategy. A copy will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection.


The Economist. This is a weekly business and current affairs magazine founded in 1843.

  1. It "typically champions economic liberalism, particularly free markets, free trade, free immigration, deregulation, and globalisation. Despite a pronounced editorial stance, it is seen as having little reporting bias, and as exercising rigorous fact-checking and strict copyediting." (Wikipedia)
  2. The writing is an exemplar of good quality, clear and sometimes witty, educated modern English.
  3. In general its journalists do not have bylines (except for their last article when they retire), so there is no incentive for the attention-seeking, grandstanding and click-baiting behaviour that characterises much modern journalism.
  4. It tries to take a genuinely global perspective; by reading it you will develop a better intuition about the relative importance of your own country in the world. Australians will learn that Australia is not all that important, for example. 
  5. At a minimum it is suggested you read the "World this week: Business" and "World this week: Politics" sections every week. These are very short. Some of their content is also the subject of longer articles later in the edition.

You can access the Economist from the ANU Library here: https://quicklink.anu.edu.au/nrm4 . Follow the link to Proquest.

Staff Feedback

Quantitative and qualitative feedback will be provided on Wattle, in class and by individual consultation.

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.

Other Information

An important resource for enhancing educational quality is a stock of student work which can be de-identified and used as exemplars for future students in ANU courses, for educational research and for training tutors to grade assessments according to ANU standards. If you do not wish your de-identified assessments to be used for any of these purposes please inform the Course Convener by email.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Strategy and the dynamics of competition Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
2 Strategy and the dynamics of competition Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
3 Strategy and the dynamics of competition In-class test at beginning of Lecture. Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
4 Strategy, Institutions, Cultures, and Ethics Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list..
5 Growing and Internationalizing the Entrepreneurial Firm Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
6 Entering Foreign Markets In-class test at beginning of Lecture. Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
7 Making Strategic Alliances and Networks Work Case Study Analysis 1 is due on Monday, 15th April. Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
8 Managing Competitive Dynamics Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
9 Diversifying and Managing Acquisitions Globally In-class test at beginning of Lecture. Primary reading: Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
10 Strategizing, Structuring, and Innovating Around the World Case Study Analysis 2 is due on Monday, 6 May. Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
11 Governing the Corporation Globally In-class test at beginning of Lecture. Primary reading: Refer to Wattle reading list.
12 Course review and final exam preparation Note: Case Study Analysis 3 is due on the first day of the examination period, i.e. 24.05.2024

Tutorial Registration

  1. On-campus tutorial registration will be managed by MyTimetable.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Case study video presentation 1 (20%) 20 % 15/04/2024 03/05/2024 3, 4
Case study video presentation 2 (20%) 20 % 06/05/2024 31/05/2024 3, 4
Case study video presentation 3 (20%) 20 % 24/05/2024 27/06/2024 3, 4
In-class Tests 40% 40 % * * 1, 2

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

Policies

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.

Participation

The course will be entirely taught in person on campus. All course materials related related to the lectures and tutorials, other than the textbook, will be available online.

The weekly lecture will be recorded in the usual away.

Tutorials will be held weekly (starting from week 2). ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, and then self-allocate to small teaching activities/tutorials so they can better plan their time. Tutorial registration will be available two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester and will close at the end of week 1. More details can be found on the Timetable webpage. https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling].


Attendance at lectures and tutorials, while not compulsory, is expected in line with the ANU Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning , Guidline 2(b). Where students will not be able to attend a specific tutorial they should advise the Convenor and discuss how to address the learning materials instead. Lectures will be recorded, but note that paper-based Tests will be conducted at the beginning of the Lectures in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 11, so personal attendance for the first 45 minutes of those lectures will be necessary


Examination(s)

This course does not have a final examination in the end-of-semester exam period.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 15/04/2024
Return of Assessment: 03/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Case study video presentation 1 (20%)

Purpose: To assess achievement of Learning Outcomes 3 and 4.

Instructions: Students will individually record, using Zoom, a short slide presentation - less than 10 minutes, equivalent to about 700 to 1000 words. Deliverables will be the video in MP4 or MKV format and a copy of any visual aids such as slides. A detailed Assessment Brief, including the marking rubric, will be provided on Wattle and explained in class. Any use of AI tools in the preparation of the content o f the presentation must be explicitly noted in the presentation itself.

Assessment Type: Individual

Value: 20%

Marking criteria: The marking criteria will be provided in Wattle at least two weeks prior to due date.

Form of submission: Documents are to be submitted via Turnitin on the course Wattle site. If the submitted document is in PDF format you must keep and be prepared to supply to the Course Convener the original electronic document (e.g. in MS Word, Pages, LibreOffice, LaTeX etc.). Video files must be submitted by other means - instructions will be provided in the Assessment Brief.

Late submission: Not Permitted.

Due Date: 9.00am Canberra time, Monday, 15th April 2024.

Return of assessment: Friday, 3 May, 2024.

Feedback. Individual and global feedback in both qualitative (number of questions correct) and quantitative forms will be provided.


Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Case study video presentation 2 (20%)

Purpose: To assess achievement of Learning Outcomes 3 and 4.

Instructions: Students will individually record, using Zoom, a short slide presentation - less than 10 minutes, equivalent to about 700 to 1000 words. Deliverables will be the video in MP4 or MKV format and a copy of any visual aids such as slides. A detailed Assessment Brief, including the marking rubric, will be provided on Wattle and explained in class. Any use of AI tools in the preparation of the content o f the presentation must be explicitly noted in the presentation itself.

Assessment Type: Individual

Value: 20%

Marking criteria: The marking criteria will be provided in Wattle at least two weeks prior to due date.

Form of submission: Documents are to be submitted via Turnitin on the course Wattle site. If the submitted document is in PDF format you must keep and be prepared to supply to the Course Convener the original electronic document (e.g. in MS Word, Pages, LibreOffice, LaTeX etc.). Video files must be submitted by other means - instructions will be provided in the Assessment Brief.

Late submission: Not Permitted.

Due Date: 9.00am Canberra time, Monday, 6th May 2024.

Return of assessment: Friday, 31 May, 2024.

Feedback. Individual and global feedback in both qualitative (number of questions correct) and quantitative forms will be provided.


Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Case study video presentation 3 (20%)

Purpose: To assess achievement of Learning Outcomes 3 and 4.

Instructions: Students will individually record, using Zoom, a short slide presentation - less than 10 minutes, equivalent to about 700 to 1000 words. Deliverables will be the video in MP4 or MKV format and a copy of any visual aids such as slides. A detailed Assessment Brief, including the marking rubric, will be provided on Wattle and explained in class. Any use of AI tools in the preparation of the content o f the presentation must be explicitly noted in the presentation itself.

Assessment Type: Individual

Value: 20%

Marking criteria: The marking criteria will be provided in Wattle at least two weeks prior to due date.

Form of submission: Documents are to be submitted via Turnitin on the course Wattle site. If the submitted document is in PDF format you must keep and be prepared to supply to the Course Convener the original electronic document (e.g. in MS Word, Pages, LibreOffice, LaTeX etc.). Video files must be submitted by other means - instructions will be provided in the Assessment Brief.

Late submission: Not Permitted.

Due Date: 11.55pm Canberra time, Friday, 24 May, 2024.

Return of assessment: Thursday, 27 June, 2024.

Feedback. Individual and global feedback in both qualitative (number of questions correct) and quantitative forms will be provided.


Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

In-class Tests 40%

Purpose: To assess achievement of Learning Outcomes 1 and 2.

Value: The total value of the four tests will be 40%.

Assessment Type: Individual.

Instructions: Tests will be invigilated, closed-book, paper-based tests conducted at the beginning of the lectures in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 11. The format will be a combination of short-answer and selected response questions.

Due dates: Tests will be conducted at 4:05pm Canberra time on 5 March, 26 March, 30 April and 14 May in the lecture theatre. Each test will take about 45 minutes.

Return of assessment: 10 working days after each test, except for the final test.

Feedback. Individual and global feedback in both qualitative (number of questions correct) and quantitative forms will be provided. The final mark for this assessment, according to the ANU grading scale, will be calculated at the end of the course.

Form of submission: Handing in test paper to invigilator.

Late submission: Not Permitted.

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

The in-class tests for this course will be conducted during lectures and will not be conducted online.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessments is not accepted for this course. Late submission without an approved extension immediately results in a mark of 0.

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted through the CBE extension request portal: CBE Assessment Extension Request Form. Further information on this process can be found at https://rsm.anu.edu.au/study/students/extension-application-procedure

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

Quantitative and qualitative feedback will be provided on Wattle, in class and by individual consultation.

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

Assignments may be resubmitted up to but not beyond the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

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).
Ed Russell
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edward.russell@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Management education, evidence-based assessment and modern test theory, data science.

Ed Russell

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Ed Russell
edward.russell@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Ed Russell

Tuesday 18:00 19:00
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By Appointment

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