The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Business organisations increasingly leverage their capabilities and competencies to compete in the international and global arena. In this course, students are to develop an integrated understanding of students on firm and industry dynamics in the global economy and in the Asia-Pacific region. Students will critically analyse how international and domestic organizations make strategy in the face of technological, organizational and industrial changes. In particular, students will advance their knowledge of competitive strategy in both developed and emerging economy multi-national enterprises (MNEs). Students will also gain knowledge of exciting and topical issues in strategic management.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Interpret and transmit knowledge about competitive dynamics of global industry and various theoretical frameworks available for strategic analysis

2. Critically analyse challenges and opportunities for firm strategy in various industrial, national, and organizational settings

3. Apply strategic thinking to specific cultural, political and competitive issues facing contemporary businesses and non-profit organisations in a global market environment

4. Integrate the tasks of strategy planning independently and collaboratively, and communicate the outcomes orally and in writing.


The content in this course includes the following:

  • Strategizing in global, regional and industrial contexts;
  • National competitive advantages, particularly as applied to the case of Asia-Pacific countries;
  • Industrial dynamics: technologies, firms, industries and networks;
  • Firm capabilities for building competencies in international business
  • Institutional environments and international strategy;
  • International competitive strategy and the rise of emerging economy multinationals;
  • Implementing international strategy: foreign market entry, strategic alliances, and organisational structure of MNEs;
  • Contemporary topics, drawn from areas of staff research expertise, for example,

I - Tools for international strategy analysis

II - Climate change and corporate strategy

III - International business strategy for Australian SMEs

IV - International strategy of non-profit organisations


To enrol in this course student must have successfully completed 50 units of GMBA courses including GMBA6001 and be active in the Master of Business Administration (Global) program (40160).

Successful completion of 50 units of GMBA courses (GMBA6001 and 40 units of other GMBA courses)

Assessment items

Presentation: Group Case Study Presentation

Written Assignment: Group Project Report

Essay: Individual Research Paper and Viva Voce

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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

This course consists of 36 hours lecturer-guided instruction per teaching period, offered in three hour workshops per week.