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Advanced International Business (IBUS90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeIBUS90006
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The rise of multinational enterprises and cross-border transactions represent an exciting challenge to traditional management theories, as these phenomena raise questions about the universality of concepts typically formulated to explain domestic (or Western) behaviour. International business scholars seek to explore, examine and explain the key defining elements of international business – location, development and transfer of competitive advantages, managing at a distance, governance decisions, and cross-cultural issues. This subject covers advanced themes and issues in the theory and practice of international business. Drawing on rich and varied theoretical traditions, contemporary quantitative and qualitative research, students will progress through a variety of process, content and contextual considerations to build an advanced perspective on the international business discipline.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Identify a range of theories in international business
  • Critically evaluate theory and research in international business
  • Understand the link between theory and research methods in international business
  • Describe past research which has lead to the advancement of our understanding of international business
  • Conceptualise, formulate, and develop new research ideas to further our understanding of international business.

Generic skills

  • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; collaborative learning; problem solving; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; evaluation of data and other information; receptiveness to alternative ideas; and
  • Moderate level of development: team work; statistical reasoning; synthesis of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into MC-COMMGT Master of Commerce (Management), or MC-COMMKT Master of Commerce (Marketing), or PhD with coursework (Management and Marketing)



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


  • Essay outline 2 (research pitch and method discussion)
  • 1,000 words
Week 1020%
  • Individual class presentation
  • 15 minutes
Throughout the semester10%
  • Essay outline 1 (initial literature survey)
  • 1,000 words
Week 520%
  • Class participation
Throughout the semester10%
  • Final essay (including redraft of outlines 1 and 2)
  • 4,000 words
During examination period40%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorsAndre Sammartino and Hari Bapuji
    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

    A/Prof Hari Bapuji hari.bapuji@unimelb.edu.au

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

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours per semester

Further information

Last updated: 11 November 2018