Business in Asia

Subject IBUS20001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 325-101 Managing and Leading Organisations, or 325-201 Organisational Behaviour or 325-220 Business in the Global Economy or any subject listed in the Asian studies program offered by the Faculty of Arts.

325-101 Managing and Leading Organisations, or 325-201 Organisational Behaviour or 325-220 Business in the Global Economy or any subject listed in the Asian studies program offered by the Faculty of Arts.

Recommended Background Knowledge: Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Helen Hu


Subject Overview:

Asia is a diverse and complex region. The subject investigates the key elements and dynamics of the changing business environment in Asian countries. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between the economy, business and domestic politics and to the impact of international trends. Topics will include industrialisation and trade, labour force, industrial relations and education, financial liberalisation and foreign investment, urbanisation and The middle class, entrepreneurship, the development state, culture and business environment, corporate governance and the Australian relationship with Asia.


On successful completion of this subject, you should be able to:

  • Enhance your understanding of the Asian economy as well as people management that sustain competitive advantage at firm level;
  • Identify key business issues in Asian countries in general and people management in particular from an economic, cultural and institutional perspective;
  • Compare and contrast Asian and Western approaches to management and human resources, and analyse the role of social networks in management and governance structures, and human resource and labour-management relations;
  • Evaluate the transferability of Asian management practices, and the ways in which Asian management receive, adapt and change imported managerial know-how.

A 2-hour examination (50%), written assignment(s) totalling not more than 4000 words (40%) and tutorial participation (10%).

Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; team work; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Management Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development Studies
Development Studies Major

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