• Class Number 2609
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Lin Cui
    • Dr Irina Orbes Cervantes
  • 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 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.

Class delivery:

Week 1: Live class

Week 2: Live class (approximately 1.5 hours) and discussion (approximately 1.5 hours)

Week 3: Live class (approximately 1.5 hours) and discussion (approximately 1.5 hours)

Week 4: Live class (approximately 1.5 hours) and discussion (approximately 1.5 hours)

Week 5: Live class (approximately 1.5 hours) and discussion (approximately 1.5 hours)

Week 6: Mid-term exam online via Wattle

Week 7: Live class

Week 8: Live class (approximately 1.5 hours) and discussion (approximately 1.5 hours)

Week 9: Live class (approximately 1.5 hours) and discussion (approximately 1.5 hours)

Week 10: Live class (approximately 1.5 hours) and discussion (approximately 1.5 hours)

Week 11: Live class (approximately 1.5 hours) and discussion (approximately 1.5 hours)

Weeks 12: Live class

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


Required Resources

Global Business Today, 12th Edition

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

Both the hard copy and e-copy of the book can be found at the ANU library. Use this link: ANU Library - Global Business Today

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
  • (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 / Globalisation and International Business Assigned reading: Chapter 1
2 Business across cultures – Culture, values and norms Assigned reading: Chapters 4 and 17Assessment: Discussion question 1 (all students)
3 Economic environment for international business – Economic indicators, the evolution of economies Assigned reading: Chapters 3 and 9Assessment: Discussion question 2 (all students)
4 International business interaction with political institutions – Political system, risks and motives Assigned reading: Chapters 2 and 7Assessment: Discussion question 3 (all students)
5 Global financial market for international business – Money and monetary systems, currency exchange, and global financial institutions Assigned reading: Chapters 10 and 11Assessment: Discussion question 4 (all students)
6 Mid-term exam N/A
7 Case presentations (macro topics) Assigned reading: cases 1 and 2Assessment: Case presentation 1 (group 1)Assessment: Case presentation 2 (group 2)
8 International trade strategy: Theory and practice – Trade patterns, trade flows, and export activities Assigned reading: Chapters 6 and 14Assessment: Discussion question 5 (all students)
9 Foreign market entry strategies – Global expansion, entry mode, economy of scale, and greenfield Assigned reading: Chapters 8, 12 and 13Assessment: Discussion question 6 (all students)
10 Ethical international business strategy – Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and stakeholder perspectives Assigned reading: Chapter 5Assessment: Discussion question 7 (all students)
11 Global supply chain management strategy – Porter's value chain, key members, intermediaries and key issues Assigned reading: Chapters 15 and 16Assessment: Discussion question 8 (all students)
12 Case presentations (micro topics) Assigned reading: cases 3-4Assessment: Case presentation 3 (group 3)Assessment: Case presentation 4 (group 4)

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Mid-term exam 30 % 27/03/2024 24/04/2024 1,2,3,4
Final report 30 % 30/05/2024 27/06/2024 1,2,3,4
Weekly discussion questions 20 % * 29/03/2024 1,2,3,4
Group case presentation 20 % * 24/05/2024 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.


Participation is expected in all classes and assessments. Attendance at seminars, while not compulsory, is expected in line with "Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning," Clause 2 paragraph (b). Where students will not be able to attend a seminar they should advise the Convenor and discuss how to address the learning materials instead.


There will be a mid-term exam as described in Assessment Task #1. Further advice will be provided by week 3.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 27/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid-term exam

The mid-term exam will be organised during class period, it will be done in class through Wattle. The exam includes 3 essay-type questions. Answer all three questions. Although not a strict restriction, try to limit each answer within 800 words. The exam will be open book, with a 2-hour duration. Further advice and marking criteria will be made available on Wattle by week 2.

This exam will be during Week 6 on Wednesday, 27th March.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 30/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final report

You are required to write a final report of no more than 3000 words (excluding references and appendices, if any), and submit it on Wattle no later than end of Thursday, 30th May. This final report will account for 30% of the total assessment of this course.


In this report, you need to:

1.      Identify a research question in the domain of international business, namely, a question that is relevant to the international business context, and/or the cross-border activities of businesses. Our weekly discussion questions are good examples of such questions.

2.      Review the related literature to find out what existing knowledge can be useful to answer this question, and what knowledge gap there may be.

3.      Based on your review of the literature, develop your hypothesis or hypotheses – in other words, your educated guess about the answer to the question. You may use a combination of evidence and logical deduction to develop your hypothesis (hypotheses).

4.      Design an empirical study to try to test your hypothesis (hypotheses). You need to explain and justify the key designs – sampling, data collection, measurement, and analytical methods.

For suggested report structure, marking guide, and submission link (Turnitin), please see Wattle.

Please keep the following guidelines when working on this report:

1.      Any content that exceeds the word limit will not be considered for reading or marking.

2.      The use of AI tools, such as ChatGPT, for generating essays or reports is strictly prohibited, as this constitutes plagiarism. Students must exhibit their own critical, analytical, and synthesis skills in producing high-quality work.

Feedback/result will be provided with the release of grade on Thursday, 27th June.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Weekly discussion questions

There are 8 discussion questions, one for each week during weeks 2-5, 8-11.

Students will post their contributions to the discussion questions in an online discussion forum in Wattle, no later than end of Monday of the corresponding week. Refer to the "CLASS STRUCTURE AND CONTENT" section above for detailed schedule. For example, online post for discussion question 1 is due by the end of Monday of Week 2. Students may be asked to elaborate on their online posts during live class.

Oral feedback will be given and discussed weekly in class.

Formal feedback/grades for discussion questions will be provided in two sets:

Formal feedback/grades for discussion questions from weeks 2 - 5 by Friday, 29th March.

Formal feedback/grades for discussion questions from weeks 8 - 11 by Friday, 24th May.

Extensions and late submissions are not permitted for this assessment task. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from completing as scheduled, you must seek the Course Convener's approval.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Return of Assessment: 24/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Group case presentation

There are 4 cases. Students will self-enrol into a case study group, each group will be responsible for 1 case presentation. Refer to the "CLASS STRUCTURE AND CONTENT" section above for detailed schedule. For example, group 1 will present case 1 during the live class of Week 7. More information on group enrolment and formation will be provided on Wattle in week 1.

The presentation should take 30-40 minutes and should cover the following contents:

  • Summarize key information from the case material provided
  • Go beyond the case material and present relevance information from reliable sources
  • Connect the case with related knowledge points from the pre-recorded lecture
  • Answer the case questions
  • Initiate and coordinate class discussion/activity (e.g., ask a question, do a poll, a quiz, etc. Be creative!)

The presentation slides, preferably in PPT or PDF format, should be emailed to the lecturer on the presentation day. The overall presentation performance will be evaluated by the lecturer, taking into consideration the originality and quality of the materials and analyses displayed on the slides, the delivery of the presentation, and engagement with the audience.

Oral feedback will be given after the presentations.

Presentations will be video recorded, which will enable later validation and verification of assessment if required (in accordance with point 7 in the ANU Student Assessment (Coursework) policy).

Grades for case presentations will be provided by Friday, 24th May.

Extensions and late submissions are not permitted for this assessment task. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you completing as scheduled, you must seek the Course Convener's approval.

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

Late submission of written 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.

All quiz and discussion forum assessment tasks must be completed without delay - extensions and late submissions are not permitted.

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. All assessment extension requests must be submitted via the CBE Assessment Extension Request Form.


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 the relevant assessment task details section.

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.

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).
Prof Lin Cui
+61 2 612 56190

Research Interests

International Business

Prof Lin Cui

Wednesday 10:00 11:30
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Dr Irina Orbes Cervantes

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