Course Title: Business Globalisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Globalisation

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr. Paul R. Cerotti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5785

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Students will gain practical knowledge and understanding of the professional practice and the total management process associated with the western globalisation of business. How does one prepare for the globalisation juggernaut that will affect the new models, the new businessperson and the new corporation will be analysed in this subject. Students will be encouraged to ask very pertinent and sometimes controversial questions regarding the globalisation of business and international trade etc.

Within this context attention will be given to skills development in the areas of the global businessperson for the 21st century. There will be a strong focus on the corporations and careers of the future with a specific country study.

In 2005, the study abroad component will focus on China., whereby students will study investigate and analyse the journey from Empire to Colony to Revolution, to Economic Superpower in a Socialist framework.

This course introduces a range of issues related to the topic of business globalisation within a Chinese context. Advances in transportation, technology and communication have dramatically increased the level of global interaction in China. As a result many issues pertaining to technology, culture, politics, economics, ethics, human resource management and the environment are analysed from a broader global perspective in the beginning and then a narrower regional and Chinese perspective.

Chinese and international site visits and exposure to international practitioners in the all areas of business contribute significantly to the teaching and learning experience of the student.

The knowledge and skills developed throughout the course are relevant to all industries and sectors. They are essential in the development, application and evaluation of business globalisation.

The course will be particularly useful for students who have identified key business globalisation concepts while they have been studying or working. It will also provide students with valuable business skills and to see the relevance of the application of these theories, concepts, knowledge and skills to any discipline of study.

It is believed that all students undertaking the course will benefit from the opportunity to work in multi- and cross-disciplinary teams and from exposure to the ideas, knowledge and skills of their peers from other faculties, other programs and year-levels.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capabilities developed in this course include the ability to:

Ensure that communications are based on a global understanding of cultural differences, the range of business functional perspectives and the specific organisational culture.
A global business environment which necessitates the inclusion of human, economic and environmental consequences in decision making.
Develop and manage the organisation in a global context competently and ethically.

Learning Outcomes developed in this course include the ability to:

Critically appreciate and evaluate relationship between global and Chinese business.
Use reflective practice techniques as part of ethical management strategy for globally networked organisations .
Work effectively as part of a global multi-discipline, collaborative team.
Make culturally sensitive business decisions within a diverse global environment .

Overview of Learning Activities

The on-shore part of the course consists of a number of intensive learning opportunities pre and post the Part Two study abroad component.

During these intensive workshops, participants will engage in experiential learning activities that are designed to explore cross-cultural, social and political issues associated with engaging in business in a global knowledge economy.

These ‘situated learning activities’ will engage participants in activities that require team skills as managers and employees in global organisations.

Each participant will be assigned to a ‘Learning Work Group’ (LWG) for the duration of this course and the Part Two study tour.

Within these LWGs participants will be assigned a role as either a manager or an employee (where possible managers will be postgraduate participants and employees will be undergraduate participants).

In this way participants will have the opportunity to experience the practical challenges of working in global companies.

Overview of Learning Resources

Text and reference books, articles, magazines, websites as well as access to a network of industry specialists.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment consist of individual and group work.