Business in Asia

Subject IBUS20001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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 2016
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 2016
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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 Breadth Track(s): Doing business in Asia

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