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BUS 804 – International Business Strategy

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Dr Robert Jack
Contact via Via Email or Ph: 98508463
Building E4A Room 643
Tuesdays 15-1600
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(BUS651 or ECON649 or MKTG696) and 16cp at 800 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
This unit is co-badged with MGMT704
Unit description Unit description
This unit draws upon concepts from interdisciplinary sources as well as practical industry and firm-level case studies in order to examine various issues relevant to conducting business across national borders. It will introduce students to vital matters in strategic decision making by providing insights on the practices and policies used by competing businesses worldwide for developing strategies for competitive advantage. Specifically this Unit explores the challenges, dynamics and processes involved in managing a multi-national company. Concepts developed in the unit will be applied to the solution of 'real world' problems through the use of the latest case studies, and other learning strategies throughout the semester.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a deep understanding of the key theories and concepts in strategic management and their implications for international business
  2. Critically apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques to analyze strategic issues in international business
  3. Develop capabilities to make effective recommendations for successful strategy implementation
  4. Collaborate with a team to develop solutions for an international business case

General Assessment Information

WARNING on late submission/assessment task:

NO extensions for any assessment tasks will be granted except for cases in which an application for Disruption of Studies is made and approved. For individual assignments, there will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission - 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Disruptions to Study is made and approved.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Group presentation 40% Weeks 6-13 in class
Individual Assignment (A) 30% Week 7
Individual Assignment (B) 30% Week 13

Group presentation

Due: Weeks 6-13 in class
Weighting: 40%

Introduction of the group presentation:

There will be 12-15 groups for group presentations (subject to change depending on the number of students enrolled). From week 6 to week 13, each group will need to make a presentation in the seminar class, based on an allocated topic. As the reading material (on iLearn) provides only a basic background, students are expected to search additional and/or updated information (e.g. newspapers, periodicals, academic articles and other media sources) relevant to their presentation topics. Students should analyse the allocated question(s) through reference to course material as well as additional research. The presentation should be about 30-40 minutes, depending on the number of students in the group and the allocated topic.  Beyond addressing the question(s) students are encouraged to raise and/or solve additional research questions based on for example updated information about the topic. The presentation will be followed by questions from the audience (class) and discussions chaired by your lecturer.. 

Each group member is expected to participate in the presentation. Each group should determine the format of presentation and prepare powerpoint handouts for the audience. Student presentations will provide a focus for class discussion within these weeks’ seminars. Your lecturer/tutor will mark and comment on a marking sheet and return to you in the following week’s class.

 

Components of this assessment: 20% group mark + 20% individual mark

This assessment is composed of two parts: a group mark on group presentation performance (20%) and an individual mark on individual performance during the presentation (20%). While every group member will receive the same group mark for group presentation performance, it is possible that each member will receive a different individual mark (and hence different total mark for this assessment task) as a result of differential performance at individual level.

On your presentation day, each group MUST submit a Members’ Contribution Report summarizing each member’s contribution to the group project. A separate Group Project Guide on how to prepare for your group project presentation and members' contribution reports will be uploaded to iLearn and will be discussed in classes. The Guide also provides detailed marking criteria for group performance and individual performance.

Research and Practice

The group presentation requires students to collaborate within a team and search additional information (e.g. newspapers and other media outlets) relevant to their presentation topics.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Critically apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques to analyze strategic issues in international business
  • Develop capabilities to make effective recommendations for successful strategy implementation
  • Collaborate with a team to develop solutions for an international business case

Individual Assignment (A)

Due: Week 7
Weighting: 30%

For Individual Assignment (A), each student will need to prepare a 2,000 word (excluding bibliography) essay on a case study. A separate individual assignment document detailing case questions, marking criteria and submission guidelines will be uploaded to iLearn.   Students should search the information (e.g. newspapers and other media outlets) relevant to the case and analyse the case through reference to concepts and frameworks introduced in the unit. Your lecturer will discuss some specific issues on assignment preparation.

 

A hard copy of your assignment should be either submitted to your lecturer in class in Week 7 OR submitted to your lecturer on an earlier date. An electronic copy should be submitted to Turnitin in the iLearn system for checking plagiarism. Note though an electronic submission to Turnitin is not a substitute for the hard copy submission, You MUST submit both by the deadline.

 

FOR LATE SUBMISSIONS, THERE WILL BE A DEDUCTION OF 10% OF THE TOTAL AVAILABLE MARKS MADE FROM THE TOTAL AWARDED MARK FOR EACH 24 HOUR PERIOD OR PART THEREOF THAT THE SUBMISSION IS LATE (i.e. 25 HOURS LATE IN SUBMISSION - 20% PENALTY). THIS PENALTY DOES NOT APPLY FOR CASES IN WHICH AN APPLICATION FOR DISRUPTION OF STUDIES IS MADE AND APPROVED. 

 

Research and Practice

The assignment requires students to conduct original research, which involves the collection and analysis of information from a range of sources. Students may find it useful to look at the following academic journals and periodicals.

 

Academic Journals:

Asia Pacific Journal of Management

Asian Business and Management

Industry and Corporate Change

Journal of Business Research

Long Range Planning

Thunderbird International Business Review

 

Periodicals:

Business Week (Asian edition)

Harvard Business Review

The Wall Street Journal

The Economist


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop a deep understanding of the key theories and concepts in strategic management and their implications for international business
  • Critically apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques to analyze strategic issues in international business
  • Develop capabilities to make effective recommendations for successful strategy implementation

Individual Assignment (B)

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 30%

For Individual Assignment (B), each student will need to prepare a 2000-word (excluding bibliography) critical literature review on the Uppsala Model of firm internationalisation (covered in Topic 3) and explain to what extent this model helps us to understand a firms' process of internationalisation?

To provide a rigorous review and critique, you are expected to read widely and incorporate at least 20 different references from academic articles. A separate Individual Assignment Document detailing the submission guideline and marking criteria will be uploaded to the iLearn.

 

hard copy of your assignment should be either submitted to your lecturer in class in Week 13 OR submitted to your lecturer on an earlier date. An electronic copy should be submitted to Turnitin in the iLearn system for checking plagiarism. Note though an electronic submission to Turnitin is not a substitute for the hard copy submission, You MUST submit both by the deadline

 

FOR LATE SUBMISSIONS, THERE WILL BE A DEDUCTION OF 10% OF THE TOTAL AVAILABLE MARKS MADE FROM THE TOTAL AWARDED MARK FOR EACH 24 HOUR PERIOD OR PART THEREOF THAT THE SUBMISSION IS LATE (i.e. 25 HOURS LATE IN SUBMISSION - 20% PENALTY). THIS PENALTY DOES NOT APPLY FOR CASES IN WHICH AN APPLICATION FOR DISRUPTION OF STUDIES IS MADE AND APPROVED. 

 

Research and Practice

The assignment requires students to conduct original research, which involves the collection, review and critique of the relevant articles from a range of academic journals. The titles below are indicative only for such academic journals and students are expected to search a wider range of sources than the list below.

Academy of Management Journal

Academy of Management Review

Academy of Management Perspectives

Asia Pacific Journal of Management

International Business Review

Journal of International Business Studies

Journal of International Management

Journal of Management

Journal of Management Studies

Journal of World Business

Management International Review

Strategic Management Journal

Thunderbird International Business Review


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop a deep understanding of the key theories and concepts in strategic management and their implications for international business

Delivery and Resources

Classes

  • Number and length of classes weekly: 3-hour block seminar  (except for week 1) 
  • The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/

What is Required to Complete the Unit Satisfactory?

  • Students must make attempts for all assessment tasks and achieve a composite mark of 50

Required and Recommended Reading Materials

  • There is no prescribed textbook for the unit, references for weekly readings will be provided on iLearn.
  • Throughout this course students are expected to search and read all materials in the weekly readings and additional reading material provided

Recommended journals and periodicals

Technology Used and Required

  • Students are required to use iLearn, word processing, Turnitin, and powerpoint for presentation.
  • The web page for this unit can be found at: iLearn http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

Teaching and Learning Strategy

  • The teaching and learning philosophy of the course is ‘We teach principles, you develop capabilities’. The theoretical principles provide the basis of various conceptual frameworks and models, which in turn help us to make sense of a variety of strategic issues firms face in a complex and uncertain global business environment.

  • While these principles constitute the basis for a systematic examination of international business strategy and management, they do not necessarily explain why a particular firm succeeded or failed. The successful application of the concepts and theories introduced in this course depends on your ability to use them in a particular situation that a firm faces.

  • Throughout the course, we will use examples, case studies and discussion questions to illustrate the concepts and frameworks. Students should not only try to understand the theories, concepts and frameworks discussed in the lectures, but also make efforts to apply them in class discussions, presentations and assignments.

Changes since the Last Offering of this Unit

  • assessment tasks

  • topics for presentations

  • reading material

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Develop a deep understanding of the key theories and concepts in strategic management and their implications for international business
  • Develop capabilities to make effective recommendations for successful strategy implementation

Assessment tasks

  • Group presentation
  • Individual Assignment (A)
  • Individual Assignment (B)

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Critically apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques to analyze strategic issues in international business
  • Develop capabilities to make effective recommendations for successful strategy implementation
  • Collaborate with a team to develop solutions for an international business case

Assessment tasks

  • Individual Assignment (A)
  • Individual Assignment (B)

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Develop capabilities to make effective recommendations for successful strategy implementation

Assessment tasks

  • Group presentation
  • Individual Assignment (A)