Governance and the International Firm

Subject 325-325 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 1-hour lecture and one combined session of a 1-hour interactive plenary and a 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Entry to this subject is restricted to students who have completed at least 75 points of commerce of which at least 25 points must be Department of Management and Marketing level-2 subjects.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Professor H Dick
Subject Overview:

International business involves dealing with complexity. Crossing borders, crossing jurisdictions and crossing cultures means that home-country values, procedures and behaviours cannot be taken for granted, nor imposed on foreign counterparts. Multinationals and SMEs face fundamental challenges of governance which cannot be resolved by mere compliance or formulae like corporate social responsibility. This subject applies an ethical decision-making approach to Asian and European business environments with focus upon networks, patronage and trust, corruption, leadership, transparency and reputational risk. One-hour lectures are combined with two-hour interactive sessions featuring real-life decision-making dilemmas as they affect employees in offshore locations.


A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%) and written assignment(s) totalling not more then 5000 words (50%).

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Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; collaborative learning; problem solving; team work; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; receptiveness to alternative ideas.
  • Moderate level of development: accessing, evaluating and synthesizing, information from a range of sources.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Management Studies

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