Managing the Multinationals

Subject MGMT20006 (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 2, 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: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

325-101 Managing and Leading Organisations or 325-201 Organisational Behaviour or 325-220 Business in the Global Economy


325-101 Managing and Leading Organisations or 325-201 Organisational Behaviour or 325-220 Business in the Global Economy

Recommended Background Knowledge: Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.
Non Allowed Subjects: Students may not receive credit for both 325-218 Managing the Multinationals and 325-303 Strategic Management of Multinationals.
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 Sachiko Yamao


Subject Overview: This subject explores two important areas of concern facing managers of multinational corporations. First, it examines the relationship and balance between global integration and local responsiveness that lies at the heart of understanding multinational activity. This brings with it the question of organisational structure and design and aspects of the internal management of the MNC such as subsidiary tasks, control and coordination. Second, it delves into the many factors within host economies that impact on MNC operations. This includes issues such as the complexities and ambiguities and transition economies, comparative corporate governance, relations with governments and special enterprise zones.
  • To introduce you to the main theories, frameworks and tools applicable to the strategic management of multinational companies (MNCs),
  • To allow you to apply these theories, frameworks and tools to real-life scenarios and to critically evaluate their usefulness.
  • Increase your awareness of:
  • Complexity of conducting business across national borders,
  • Trends in the international business environment and their impact on the strategic management of MNCs, and
  • Decision-making skills from the perspective of MNC top managers.
Assessment: A 2-hour examination (60%) and assignment(s) totalling not more than 4000 words (40%).
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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: written communication; problem solving; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.
  • Moderate level of development: oral communication; collaborative learning; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; receptiveness to alternative ideas.
  • Some level of development: team work; use of computer software
Notes: Subject to replace 325-303 Strategic Management of Multinationals

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