Course Title: Contemporary Issues in International Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Issues in International Management

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM3229

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Spring2010,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

BUSM3231

Malaysia Institute of Managemt

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 2 10

BUSM4036

Hanoi National Uni of Tech

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Viet2 2008

BUSM4036

RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Viet2 2010

BUSM4037

RMIT University Vietnam

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Viet1 2016

BUSM4037

RMIT University Vietnam

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Viet2 2007,
Viet2 2008,
Viet2 2009,
Viet2 2010,
Viet3 2015,
Viet3 2016,
Viet1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Sarah Kim

Course Coordinator Phone: NA

Course Coordinator Email: sarah.kim@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will review, critically consider and discuss a variety of contemporary issues in international management (IM). With an initial focus on multinational management and comparative management, international management has expanded to include issues concerning the globalisation of the world economy and its effects on competition between firms and nations.
Key components of IM are:

  • Multinational Management—studying the multinational firm, reasons for its existence, the way it conducts business and its effects
  • Comparative management—considering the transfer of management practices across countries, cross-national or cross-cultural similarities and differences of management phenomena
  • Globalisation of the World Economy—focusing on its effects on competition between firms and nations

You are expected to bring to the fore issues that are contemporary and that fit within the main strands of IM stated above.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of a variety of current issues impacting the management of international business
  2. Design creative, pragmatic and sustainable options to address international business issues
  3. Demonstrate advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of contemporary contexts
  4. Synthesise and apply theory and research to explore contemporary issues in international business
  5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary international management issues
  6. Source, appraise and use relevant data, information and viewpoints to address current issues in international management
  7. Practise and develop skills in communicating clearly and effectively
  8. Explore strategies to incorporate new understandings into practice


Overview of Learning Activities

The main learning activities involve a thorough review of twelve Topics, with an emphasis on using the corresponding Topic Notes, working through the activities provided therein, and performing a review and reflection at the end of each Topic which should result in a summary of the key issues covered. To enhance the learning experience and hence student skills and knowledge, students are expected to participate in discussions on-line which cover six of the twelve Topics, and to conduct a detailed analysis of a case study relating to topical and important issues in the international management sphere.


Overview of Learning Resources

There is no prescribed textbook for this unit.
Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard, in addition to the learning resources in myRMIT/Blackboard, students are encouraged to research from a variety of academic material such as refereed journals, textbooks and any suitable materials:

  • books and articles from the RMIT Library
  • academic journals from online resources
  • articles from newspapers and business magazines

If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

All written Assessment Tasks must be submitted to myRMIT/Blackboard and/or Turnitin by the dates and times specified.  You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development in relation to the graduate capabilities.

 

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by the Offering Coordinator in class, through individual or group feedback on practical exercises, and through feedback on each of the Assessment Tasks.  Feedback will also be provided by an industry panel on the WIL project.

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.