Course Title: Contemporary Issues in International Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Issues in International Management

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022


Malaysia Institute of Managemt


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 2 10


Hanoi National Uni of Tech


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet2 2008


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet2 2010


RMIT University Vietnam


660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Viet1 2016


RMIT University Vietnam


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet2 2007,
Viet2 2008,
Viet2 2009,
Viet2 2010,
Viet3 2015,
Viet3 2017,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet3 2019,
Viet2 2020,
Viet2 2022


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Saima Ahmad

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 8182

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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 organisations 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 include:

  • 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 opportunities and challenges associated with organisational management in the global environment.
  • Sustainable development – focusing on the role of multinational companies in sustainable development.

You are expected to bring to the fore issues that are contemporary and that fit within the main strands of IM stated above. You will engage in research and critical thinking related to managing in the international environment using case studies from emerging markets. This course provides you with opportunities to explore new developments in the global business environment and apply your knowledge and skills in a real or simulated business context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Demonstrate advanced and critical understanding of contemporary issues impacting the management of international business.

CLO2: Source, appraise and use relevant information and theory to evaluate current issues in international management.

CLO3: Apply knowledge and expert judgement to develop and communicate options to address the contemporary issues in international management.

CLO4: 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

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

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

Overview of Assessment

All written Assessment Tasks must be submitted to Canvas 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: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4

Assessment Task 2: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

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.