Course Title: Current Issues in Business

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Current Issues in Business

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


RMIT University Vietnam


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet1 2010

Course Coordinator: Professor Bruce Wilson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2000

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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 in business and corporate levels. ‘Innovation’ is regarded widely as a key resource for economic growth as knowledge becomes an increasingly important ingredient of global value chains. In its efforts to recover from the financial crisis and position itself as a continuing global economic power, it is not surprising that the European Union has committed itself to becoming an ‘Innovation Union’. A broad range of policies and programs have been implemented to achieve this outcome. The potential outcomes and implications of these policies will be explored in this course through a comparative lens which considers some Asian and Australian experience also.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See learning outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

a) Describe the key factors which are shaping European Union and other nation’s innovation strategies;
b) Outline key themes in the research literature on innovation and the significance of place;
c) Analyse key issues which a particular industry sector (of their choice) needs to manage in order to innovate successfully;
d) Describe the different ways in which multi-level government can facilitate regional innovation;
e) Contribute to debate about innovation policy and whether a supranational entity such as the EU can realistically claim to be an ‘Innovation Union’.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be structured with three days of intensive classes supported by online activities.


Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be advised on textbooks and resources upon enrolment.  There is a Learning hub for this course with a variety of materials available.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is designed so that findings and analysis can be actively shared with other students and can contribute to group knowledge and learning. Students are encouraged to explore opportunities to develop leadership attributes.