Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course focuses on the management of international business organisations, comprising both equity (wholly-owned and JV) and non-equity business organisations (strategic alliances). The course is organised around theories and approaches to international management. Major topics include the organization and management of multinational corporations (MNCs) as the leading type of international business organisation; MNC headquarter-subsidiary relationships; the organization and management of business networks; MNCs as learning organisations; and critical perspectives on international businesses. Functional areas of management are examined in their international contexts, including international human resources management; international operations and supply chain management and international marketing.


Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Trimester 3 - 2022


  • Trimester 3 - 2022

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Think critically about underlying theories, concepts, assumptions and arguments relating to the multinational form of organisation.

2. Comprehend how the management of cross-border operations impact upon the management functions of human resource management, marketing, operations and supply chain management.

3. Work independently and collaboratively to analyse strategies to manage multiple cross-border operations.

4. Engage in inquiry processes to understand the management and organisational challenges of coordinating cross-border operations.

5. Develop the essential international perspectives which inform professional management standards and ethical practice in international management.


This course includes the following topics:

  • Theories of management of international business organizations, especially MNCs
  • Headquarter subsidiary relationships and subsidiary roles.
  • Organisation and management of networks of business organisations
  • Knowledge management, learning and innovation in multinational business organisations
  • International marketing.
  • International human resource management.
  • International operations and supply chain management.
  • Critical perspectives on the MNC and Stakeholder Analysis of MNC activity.


This course replaces GSBS6482. If you have successfully completed GSBS6482 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Individual Case Study Analysis

Project: Group Research Project (Written Report & Oral Presentations)

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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