Unit description

Principles of International Business exposes students to the potential, practice and pitfalls inherent in international business. Discusses the nature of Management in the international context, analyses strategies and structures for foreign market entry and participation, develops an understanding of the economics and politics of international trade and displays an awareness of global monetary factors including foreign exchange.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to International Business  (text Chapter 1)
Topic 2: Trade Theory, Trading Regimes and Regional Integration  (text Chapter 2)
Topic 3: Culture and Business in Asia  (text Chapter 4)
Topic 4: The State, Politics and Business in Asia  (text Chapter 3)
Topic 5: Internationalisation  (text Chapters 5 and 6)
Topic 6: Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures  (text Chapter 7)
Topic 7: Multinational Enterprise  (text Chapter 9)
Topic 8: Business Groups in Asia  (text Chapter 10)
Topic 9: Managing a Multinational Enterprise and Its Subsidiaries  (text Chapters 11 and12)
Topic 10: Human Resources and Ethics Management  (text Chapters 13 and14)

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Electronic Copy : Delios, A, Beamish, PW & Lu, JW, 2010, International business: An Asia Pacific Perspective, 2nd edn, Pearson Education, Singapore. ISBN: 978-013-34-0996-3.
  • Hard Copy: Delios, A, Beamish, PW & Lu, JW, 2010, International Business: An Asia Pacific Perspective, 2nd edn, Pearson Education, Singapore. ISBN: 978-981-06-8420-4.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Singapore - MDIS

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Case study40%
Exam: open book40%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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