Managing Service Businesses

Subject BUSA90238 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

July, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
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.

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Subject Overview:

Service businesses are substantially different from manufacturing businesses due to the intangible nature of their “product” or offering. For example, you cannot place a service in inventory to be sold at a later date. It is normally consumed as it is produced (e.g., an hour of legal services), and therefore, it “perishes” if not used immediately. The unique aspects of a service business present a number of distinctive management issues and challenges not found in other businesses. Hence, this course is designed to help you recognize and understand the unique issues and challenges and to provide concepts and tools to management successfully in this context. The course is organized around four major areas: designing the service offering, creating a funding mechanism to ensure it is economically viable, managing customers, and managing employees.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Develop benchmarks for managing successful service businesses
  • Analyse a service business and identify reasons for its success or failure
  • Use concepts and tools to improve the performance of a service business
  • Identify and evaluate the competitive position of a service business
  • Case preparation and discussion (20%)
    • Throughout subject
  • Syndicate project (30%)
    • Report (eqivalent of 750 word assessment)
    • Presentation (equivialent of 750 word assessment)
    • Midway through subject
  • Final examination (50%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 3 hours
    • End of subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration

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