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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Steve PerrymanVal Sands (Off Campus)


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:

  1. 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
  2. explain the theoretical basis, range and applications of formal and informal instruments regulating business and affecting self regulation
  3. examine the approaches open to business organisations and to government to influence or direct the policy decisions of each sector
  4. critically evaluate alternative structures and future directions that the business/ government interface may take
  5. 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)

Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill

Contact hours

3 hours per week