The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course focuses on a corporation's or a firm's relationships with its resources, capabilities and its environment in an international business context. The course provides both theoretical and applied perspectives on international business theory and concepts. The course also aims to foster skills in critical thinking, synthesis, and applying international business theory in specific contexts.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Conversant with alternative theories, assumptions, applications, debates, and recent development in the area of international business.

2. Able to apply the theories, models and concepts to contemporary issues relating to international business operations.

3. Able to critically discuss the literature relating to international business.


Topics of the course may include

Contemporary international business environment and globalisation

National differences in political economy, cultural, and legal Systems: Implications for international business

Institutional theory and IB

Resource-based view of the firm and IB

Theories of international competition and management


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business (Honours) program.

Assumed knowledge

Entry to the Honours program, with a major in International Business, or approval by the Head of School.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations and reflective reports

Literature Review: Literature review

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Depending on the number of students enrolled the course will be taught either by Seminar or individual supervision and self directed learning.


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