Course Title: Contemporary International Management: Integrating Theory and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary International Management: Integrating Theory and Practice

Credit Points: 18

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Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Grad School of Business


Course Coordinator: Clive Morley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5586

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: level 11, building 108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

       Global Business Context is the pre-requisite course.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for students to understand and be able to apply selected areas of contemporary business theory and approaches to current issues at the business and corporate levels. Specific concepts will vary from time to time .

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course draws on and integrates skills and knowledge from other courses.  You will develop the capabilities to integrate and use, as appropriate, skills and knowledge from across the business disciplines. 

Upon completion, you will be able to:

• define one or more key contemporary theories concerning the importance of innovation in business ideas, systems and processes, and the distinction between sustaining and disruptive innovations

• understand and apply key techniques and methods associated with contemporary international management thinking

• identify a series of questions and issues concerning future strategic issues and decisions about likely areas of organisational and business change

• explain the changing relationships between businesses, their markets, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders

• understand and apply techniques to address the need to manage future complexity, dynamism and uncertainty in relation to the organisation’s environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will work in groups, as well as have sessions concerned to introduce them to key issues and theories. A focus of this course is on case examples, and these will be used to illustrate and practise the analysis of situations, integration of information, formulation of strategies, sharing of experiences, as well as accretion and maturation of learning. The action learning mode adopted for this course also requires students to be accountable for their own learning, though the Academic Co-ordinators will facilitate the learning through structuring process and recommending content inputs.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be advised of texts and other resources upon enrollment in the course.

Overview of Assessment

Preparation and submission of a project report on implementing a planned innovation in a specific organisation.  The report will cover the following points:

1. Project objectives.
2. Background of the organisation.
3. Review/restatement of the mission statement, key stakeholders, values statement.
4. Analysis of the organization, its underpinning business concept and the environments in which it operates.
5. Analysis of a potential breakthrough innovation in the organisation.
6. Presentation of an appropriate vision for the organisation in five years time.
7. Preparation of a detailed action plan, including implementation strategy, for the first year.
8. Evaluation and review of the chosen implementation.