The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Globalisation is a complex phenomenon, with contested meanings. Broadly, globalisation refers to linkages or integration across nations, in labour and capital markets, in trade, communications, and technology. A major driver of, and mechanism for, globalisation is business, through trans-border production and consumption of goods and services. There are also other active stakeholders in globalisation, including governments, regional or international inter-governmental organisations focused on specific interests (e.g. economics, trade, and labour standards), local communities, non-government organisations (NGOs), and unions. The intersecting forces of globalisation can have positive, negative, and, sometimes, entirely unexpected consequences. While globalisation has the potential to deliver general benefits, the specific interests of these stakeholders can - and do - come into conflict with the interests of business. Because of this, it is critical for managers to understand the context, the stakeholders, the institutions, and the relevant rules and regulations that influence managerial activities in the global environment.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Trimester 2 - 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain and critically analyse different meanings of globalisation

2. Appreciate how the context, interests and power of non-business stakeholders in globalisation influence outcomes for global managers and business

3. Use information systems and data collection processes to inform analysis of forces and effects of globalisation

4. Plan for, develop and use systems and processes to stay informed about globalisation

5. Effectively present complex and conflicting ideas to others, either in person or through the medium of technology


The content in this course includes the following:

1.  Globalisation: debates and controversies

2.  Forms of global business organisation, and their impact

3.  Taking a stakeholder perspective on globalisation and business - mapping and analysing stakeholders’ power, interests and interactions

4.  Analysing interaction between stakeholders and business in specific contexts, industries, countries or groups of countries.

5. Developing an integrated business response to a complex stakeholder environment

6. Developing a proactive, global mindset

7. Developing information and knowledge systems to support effective business responses to globalisation and change.


To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Business Administration (Global) programs [40160] or [40218].

Assessment items

Presentation: Individual Perspectives on Globalisation

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Business and Globalisation

Written Assignment: Critical perspectives on Globalisation

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1