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Global Corporate Strategy (IBUS90001)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeIBUS90001
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is a capstone subject which develops experiential knowledge through the participation of students in formulating strategy for firms undertaking international business. New theoretical concepts will be introduced in the subject relating to both the choice of location in international business and entry mode choice decisions. Students will apply concepts and frameworks related to these strategic decisions, together with knowledge gathered in their earlier studies, to a semester long multi-part team-based assignment requiring them to devise strategic options in a hypothetical case. Students will be required to search for data relating to firms, industries and countries from the internet and library sources on which to base their recommendations.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Identify and apply the theories, models and concepts applicable to the development and implementation of global corporate strategy, including location choice, entry mode choice and dynamic business models;
  • Critically evaluate the usefulness of different theories, models and concepts in addressing the problems facing managers making global corporate strategy;
  • Formulate and present, both orally and in written form, a response to hypothetical or case-based problems facing firms operating in the global arena.

Generic skills

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

  • The application of theories, models and concepts to real world situations facing managers formulating global strategy;
  • The synthesis of different theories, models and concepts;
  • The analysis and interpretation of complex issues, data and written research material;
  • Research, accessing both empirical data and theoretical information from various sources;
  • The application of a range of analytical approaches to critically evaluate complex issues;
  • Oral and written communication, particularly in relation to the presentation of independent points of view;
  • Teamwork in a culturally diverse environment;
  • Critical thinking.

Eligibility and requirements


Entry to Master of International Business AND completion of at least 100 points of study at the time of subject commencement.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Team-based report of 3,000 words and presentation to class due Week 6 (usually in groups of 4-5) (40%)
  • Team-based report of 3,000 words and presentation to class due Week 12 (usually in groups of 4-5) (40%)
  • Individual reflective essay of 2,000 words due two weeks after end of semester (20%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorTom Osegowitsch
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (one 3 hour seminar per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Dr Tom Osegowitsch ot@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAndre Sammartino
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (one 3 hour seminar per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    A/Prof Andre Sammartino samma@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours per semester

Further information

  • Texts

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  • Subject notes

    Students should undertake this subject in the final semester of study.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 November 2018