Business in Asia

Subject IBUS20001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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:

3 hours per week plus a minimum of 6 hours per week in self-directed study

  • Any subject listed in the Asian studies program offered by the Faculty of Arts, or;
  • one of:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Any subject listed in the Asian studies program offered by the Faculty of Arts, or;
  • one of:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

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.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


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.

Learning Outcomes:

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 end-of-semester examination (50%)
  • Written assignments totalling not more than 4000 words, consisting of:
    • One short essay due early in the semester (10%)
    • One long essay due late in the semester (30%)
  • 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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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 Breadth Track(s): Doing business in Asia

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