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This course deals with management of businesses operating internationally. It will mainly cover issues relating to culture, communication, and human resources management in a global context, along with strategy and execution.
Relationship to other coursesThis course builds on the foundation laid in MGMT221 International Business. This course will help students get an endorsed degree in International Business. The course is also useful for students wishing to enter the Masters Programme in Management. It complements other stage three courses; MGMT301 International Marketing Strategy, MGMT324 International Entrepreneurship, MGMT344 Strategic Management and MGMT345 Strategy Processes & Practices.WorkloadLectures 82Group Assignment 15Mid-term test 21Final Exam 32Total 150
By the end of the course, students should be able to:1. Communicate and make decisions in cross-cultural settings.2. Describe social and ethical issues relating to managing in an international context.3. Explain the development and execution of strategy in global settings.4. Discuss human resource aspects of global management.Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Learning Goals:1. Graduates can demonstrate advanced knowledge of their selected subject major, informed by the broader context of commerce.2. Graduates are able to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address specific problems.3. Graduates can understand issues from a range of ethical, global and multicultural perspectives.4. Graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Assessment One: Group Assignment (50% total)Content assessed: all weeksDue: weeks 6, 9, 12 (online only via Learn links on the ‘Course Information and Assessment’ Section)There will be three group assignments in this course. Each group assignment is based on a Comprehensive Case from the assigned textbook. All students (including online) will be allocated to groups, with regular collaboration between students required either face-to-face or online. Each group must submit via the dedicated course Learn links answers to all 3 or 4 specific questions for each of the three different Comprehensive Cases by the due dates below. Each group should submit only one single Word doc or docx file for each Group Assignment Case. No other formats, not even PDFs, are acceptable and won’t be marked. That single file should contain all the answers to those 3 or 4 specific Case questions (e.g. the one group document for Group Assignment Case 1 should contain 4 answers). Answers to each specific question should begin on a separate page and each answer should be 1 page of A4 maximum, excluding references. Answers should be single-spaced, 11-point or 12-point fonts. Group Assignment Case 1 is worth 10%, Group Assignment Case 2 is worth 15% and Group Assignment Case 3 is worth 25% of overall course marks. You may use information from outside the textbook case itself to bring it up-to-date and/or provide evidence/theories, as long as each is referenced properly.Also, please download and cut-and-paste a cover sheet to the front of each of your 3 group assignments to confirm that the work you submit is the group’s own. This is available on the course Learn website in the ‘Course Information and Assessment’ section.Group Assignment Case 1 (Due 9.00 a.m. NZ time, Tuesday 18th August, Week 6)This assignment is based on the case titled Hailing a New Era: Haier in Japan in the Textbook p. 223; Ninth Edition). Answer the following questions:1. What is special about Haier’s current management system? Why did the company create this system? (25 marks)2. What role has CEO Zhang played in Haier’s development? How would you describe him as a leader? (25 marks)3. What kind of tensions could arise for Haier when implementing its management system in Japan? (25 marks)4. Should Haier adapt to the Japanese culture and change its management system? Or should Haier impose its system in Japan? (25 marks)Answer to each question must start on a new page. Use 11-point or 12-point fonts. Upload your answers as a single MS-Word file to Learn. Each group will upload only one submission containing all answers and a cover sheet.Group Assignment Case 2 (Due 9.00 a.m. NZ time, Tuesday 22nd September, Week 9)This assignment is based on the case titled Wal-Mart in Africa in the Textbook (p. 355; Ninth edition). Answer the following questions:1. What were the reasons for Wal-Mart shifting its focus to Africa? Do you think Africa offers good growth prospects for Wal-Mart in the future? (30 marks)2. Why did Wal-Mart face opposition from trade unions and other government departments over its acquisition of Massmart? Do you think the opposition coalition had a valid point in opposing the deal? Justify your answer. (30 marks)3. What strategies should Wal-Mart follow to succeed in a market like Africa with its low income levels and high poverty incidence? Do you think its low cost model will be successful in Africa? Give reasons to support your answer. (40 marks)Answer to each question must start on a new page. Use 11-point or 12-point fonts. Upload your answers as a single MS-Word file to Learn. Each group will upload only one submission containing all answers and a cover sheet.Group Assignment Case 3 (Due 9.00 a.m. NZ time, Tuesday 13th October, Week 12)This assignment is based on the case titled Ethical Leadership: Ratan Tata and India’s Tata Group in the Textbook (p. 465; Ninth edition). Answer the following questions:1. Corruption is often linked to the qualities of a particular country. Why are some countries more corrupt and prone to crony capitalism than others? (30 marks)2. What role did ethical leadership play in the success of the Tata group and why? (30 marks)3. What should Ratan Tata do to ensure that the group carries forward the legacy of ethical leadership of the Tata Group and does not view it as a burden while operating in emerging markets like India? (40 marks)Answer to each question must start on a new page. Use 11-point or 12-point fonts. Upload your answers as a single MS-Word file to Learn. Each group will upload only one submission containing all answers and a cover sheet.Assessment Two: Mid-term Test (20%)Content assessed: weeks 1-4Date: In class during week 5 The term test will consist of short-answer questions (all compulsory to complete). The test will examine lecture material, text and course readings covered in weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4. The test will be undertaken in examination conditions (or its online equivalent). That is, only pens, student ID card and water bottle will be allowed on the desk during the test. No pencil cases, mobile phones, calculators or dictionaries will be allowed. Students must not forget to bring their student ID card. Questions will be drawn from the Discussion Questions at the end of each chapter in the textbook. Assessment Three: Final Exam (30%)Content assessed: weeks 5-12Date: TBA, exam period The final exam will consist of short-answer questions (all compulsory to complete). The final exam will examine lecture material, text and course readings covered in weeks 5-12. Questions will be drawn from the Discussion Questions at the end of each chapter in the textbook (Ninth Edition).GradingThe marks for assessments may be scaled before a final grade is determined. You should not regard 50% as a pass mark.
Link to purchase the e-copy International management : managing across borders and cultures : text and cases; 9th edition.E-text availableE-text available from Library (up to 3 users simultaneously):https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/canterbury/detail.action?docID=5187790A limited number of hard copies are also in the library.
Coversheets - Group and Individual
Class RepresentativeA class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.Departmental Academic PoliciesThe Department assumes that you have read this document.You should also read the General Course and Examination RegulationsDishonest PracticeThe University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.
Domestic fee $822.00
International fee $3,688.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
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