Course Title: Managing Multinational Enterprises

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing Multinational Enterprises

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Yang Yu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399258425

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Multinational enterprises (MNEs) are the major players in today’s global business. This course aims to give you the essential knowledge for successfully managing these firms. It will introduce the fundamental concepts and theories relating to MNEs and analyse the challenges these firms face in relation to strategy and international management. You will have the opportunities to explore, for example, why MNEs exist, how they build competitive advantages across borders, issues arising from the dynamic headquarters-subsidiaries relationships, along with other contemporary topics. By completing the course, you should gain valuable insight into MNEs, identify, and analyse critical managerial problems, and offer practical solutions. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

CLO1: Articulate and apply concepts and theories relating to the management of MNEs. 

CLO2: Evaluate the challenges of managing MNEs due to complex external and internal factors, and present findings effectively.

CLO3: Critically examine MNEs’ managerial activities and offer valuable recommendations in response to key issues.

CLO4: Conduct applied research on MNE management and engage confidently in the discussion of real-world issues. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course employs a range of individual and group activities to facilitate learning. These include completing the required and recommended readings and attending in-class and online activities in which seminars and group discussions take place. Guest lectures may be organised to offer fresh insight from a professional perspective. Course assessments also play a vital role as learning activities. Completing them should enhance your understanding of the course content and help you achieve the learning objectives. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Canvas. In addition to topic notes, assessment details and a study schedule, you may also be provided with links to: relevant online information, readings, audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.  


RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. 

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. 

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  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

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


Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1 & 2


Assessment Task 2: 40% 

Linked CLOs: 1, 2 & 3


Assessment Task 3: 40% 

Linked CLOs:1,2, 3 & 4

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