Asian Business and Management

Subject IBUS90002 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

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: Three hours of classes per week
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance


Entry into the Master of International Business or Master of Human Resource Management or Master of Commerce (Management) or Master of Commerce (Marketing).



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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


Graduate School of Business and Economics
Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1670
Online Enquiries

Subject Overview:

This subject will examine how the strategy, institutional context and organisation of firms from East and Southeast Asian economies differ from 'typical' western firms. It will explain and conceptualise the nature of Asian management and business practices from an economic, cultural and institutional perspective. The subject draws on insights from cross-cultural management, entrepreneurship theory, institutional and organisational studies, strategic management and social network analysis to explore management systems in the Asian region. Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learnt to evaluate the viability of the transferability of Asian management systems.


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

  • Explain and conceptualise the nature of Asian management in general and people management in particular from an economic, cultural and institutional perspective;
  • Critically evaluate the usefulness of different research perspectives in understanding the economic organisation and people management that sustain competitive advantage at firm level;
  • Compare and contrast Asian and Western approaches to management and business practices;
  • Evaluate the differences and similarities of management within the Asian region.


2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%), assignments totalling not more than 5,000 words (40%) due mid to late semester, and one presentation (10%) between Weeks 3 to 11.

Prescribed Texts:

To be advised

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Synthesis and application of competing managerial theories;
  • Problem solving and critical analytical skills, which should be developed via the use of small group discussions, case studies and research projects;
  • Collaborative learning and teamwork skills, which should be fostered by working in small groups;
  • Oral and written communication skills, which should be developed via group work, group presentations and preparation of the major assignment.
Related Course(s): Master of Applied Commerce (International)
Master of Commerce (Management)
Master of Commerce (Management)
Master of Commerce (Marketing)
Master of Commerce (Marketing)
Master of International Business
Master of International Business

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