MGZ5181 - International business strategy and cases - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dan Wang

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MGF5966Not offered in 2019, MGM5966 or MGS5966 or MGX5966 or MGX9660 or MGZ5966, and achieved 60 credit points.


Students must be enrolled in course 4435, 2098, 4411 or B6008 to undertake this unit.


MGM5181, MGS5181.


This unit looks at international business strategy theories and their application. Topics include the relationship between environmental scanning and strategic planning; methods of developing a strategic plan; corporate and business level strategy; choice of foreign operation and its implications in terms of risk and control; determinants of multi-national corporation (MNC) activity; strategic issues that relate to international wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and alliance modes; impact of multi-domestic, regional and global integration strategies; and international corporate governance.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. describe the concepts and use the tools for assessing country attractiveness and strategic planning in the international environment
  2. formulate and implement strategies for various modes of operations in an international setting
  3. identify and analyse the opportunities and risks involved in international business strategy
  4. evaluate the impact different foreign operations have on the internationalising organisation.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average six/eight hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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