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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill


Students are introduced to the complex relationships between business and government in the local, regional (State), national and international spheres, eg: regulation of corporations and other business entities; national competition policy; other statutory provisions; government business enterprises, privatisation and the regulation of industry sectors; industry policy; political decisions affecting contractual and other matters; business input to policy; informal relationships. It examines various approaches to the issues of ethics, accountability and probity including reconciling transparency and 'commercial in confidence'.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • explain the relationship between the public and private sectors and the impact that the decisions and actions of one sector have on the operation of the other
  • explain the theoretical basis, range and applications of formal and informal instruments regulating business and affecting self regulation
  • examine the approaches open to business organisations and to government to influence or direct the policy decisions of each sector
  • critically evaluate alternative structures and future directions that the business/ government interface may take
  • design and investigate a research question related to the business and government relationship and report the findings in an assignment, to the expected standard.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Deirdre O'Neill

Contact hours

3 hours per week