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MBA9050 - International business

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader: Dr Susan Freeman, Professor On Kit Tam


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Evening)
Caulfield Summer semester A 2008 (On-campus block of classes)
Caulfield Summer semester B 2008 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit examines the current issues, special characteristics and method of analysis relating to the conduct of international business. It provides the conceptual framework and relevant analytical skills to examine the forces that shape changing international business environments and operations, at both the macroeconomic and firm levels. A textbook, selected case studies, supplemented by lecture notes and articles in current journals are used to cover a range of main topics including international trade and investment, economic integration, foreign exchange market, the international monetary system, and the strategy and structure of international business.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • develop a broad appreciation of international business topics in developing and emerging markets
  • develop an understanding of how organisations make market entry and location decisions
  • develop skills necessary for involvement in international operations within large and smaller firms
  • appreciate multiple perspectives of culture, business arrangements and organisational structure and the ethics and the environmental impact of global business activities
  • further enhance communication, inter-personal, problem solving and critical thinking capabilities.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Contact hours

39 contact hours


Students must be enrolled in the MBA program


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses to undertake this unit: 3183, 3184, 3185, 3189, 3190, 3191, 3195, 3196, 3197, 3198, 3837, 3839 or 0028.

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