MNGT6583 International Business Experience - 2019

Study Tour, China
Term 2
6 Units of Credit

Offering Selection
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1. Course Details

Summary of Course

The forces of globalisation have increased the permeability of traditional boundaries around countries, economies and industries. These forces include the expansion of international trade and investment, the growth of multinational corporations (MNCs), and significant improvements in communication and transportation technologies. These technological and transportation advances have facilitated the appearance of a whole new set of international entrepreneurs who, taking advantage of the reduced distance across markets, have been extremely successful in spawning a new breed of born global ventures and initiatives. Being able to identify and capitalise on the opportunities arising from this new world order is something that cannot be learned without being exposed more intensely to the new global business environment.

However, these forces shrinking the 'distance' between countries have not emerged without controversy, and thus they have failed to transform our world into a fully integrated 'global village'. Tensions across ethnic, religious and linguistic divides, as well as other home-grown regulatory efforts protecting local interests, have counterbalanced these centripetal forces, creating a more complex, uncertain and competitive business environment than ever before. The resulting 'semi-globalised' world represents an environment in which socioeconomic and political boundaries have a central and enduring role in shaping the activities of MNCs and international entrepreneurs. This new reality also calls for a reassessment of what it means to be a manager within MNCs. Managers are now pressed to not only provide benefits from commonalities across markets, but to also embrace differences among them. It is this need to be aware and to fully comprehend these differences that requires a new type of MNC leader or entrepreneur: what is called a cosmopolitan leader.

This course offers one possible path towards the personal developmental processes AGSM students need to embrace in becoming cosmopolitan leaders. The course combines different in-class activities with experiential learning based on first-hand encounters with businesses environments that are culturally, physically and institutionally distant from the typical experiences of managers and entrepreneurs working in Australia. While the chosen locations (i.e. countries) may vary each time this course is delivered, the activities executed locally and in the countries visited remain aligned with the course aims described in the ensuing section.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

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Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

  • Develop in students a working knowledge of the global business environment including its economic, political, legal and socio-cultural components.
  • Analyse the challenges that businesses face when entering foreign markets and competing against local firms and other international companies.
  • Foster in students the ability to interact effectively in a culturally novel context and with culturally different others.
  • Develop in students the ability to think strategically about leveraging various country differences to create worldwide competitive advantages.

Additonal Course Details

This course is largely experiential in its approach. Background readings and pre-departure training in the classroom leverage students' previous experiences for the encounter with distant business environments to be visited. On-site discussions and daily debriefing sessions with the Course Facilitator, combined with informal diary-keeping (to assist you when preparing Assessment 4) and the work associated with the preparation of the team presentation, help students reflect upon their experiences and draw specific lessons that can be applied to their current and future professional practice.

Students must prepare for class and discussion during the tour and be active participants during interactions within the class and with external parties during the field-study tour. Preparation involves (i) reviewing the course materials thoroughly, (ii) reviewing the information about the company/organisation before each visit, and (iii) applying concepts/ideas/research findings to real business situations observed during the field-study tour.

3. Staff Contact Details

Position Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Course Coordinator, Dr.Jane Qiu

4. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

Student teams

Students will be assigned to teams of approximately five persons each at the start of the course. Each team will complete one Project presentation (Assessment 2) and work together in a Daily facilitation group for Assessment 3 (more details are provided in the Assessment Details document). 

Course Structure

This course is structured in two stages associated with two different contexts. The first stage is completed locally, before departing for the field study. The second stage unfolds as part of a highly interactive and profoundly transformative first-hand experience of two, distinctive, distant business environments.

During Stage 1, students will interact with their classmates and AGSM faculty online before departure. In Moodle, they will watch a set of short lecture videos, and engage in activities and exercises. These activities are designed to help students better understand and apply key conceptual frameworks for assessing different business environments across the world, including their economic, political, legal and socio-cultural dimensions. Additionally, specific discussions and exercises will focus on starting to develop intercultural competencies and gaining insights on specific aspects of international strategy, organisational structures across the globe and managing people in a global context. A brief list of topics to be covered during these sessions is synthesised below:

1.    The global business environment

a.    Semi-globalisation and international business

b.    Global organisational structure

2.    Innovation and technology disruption in different geographical markets

3.    Cross-cultural management

4.    Managing people in a global context

Additionally, these online activities will allow students to e-meet other students in the class with whom they will work throughout the whole course.

The main objective of the teams that will be created by the faculty in charge of the course is to give students the opportunity to experience first-hand how they might need to adapt their work routines and leadership styles in order to work effectively within a highly diverse (gender, ethnicity, age, professional background, etc.) group. Additionally, working within these teams will help students to be better prepared to deal with the challenges of encountering different business environments and cultures during Stage 2 of the course.

Stage 2 will consist of an overseas field study tour across different business environments (i.e. countries, regions, cities). During this study tour, students will not only encounter two distinctively different business environments, but will also participate in presentations and discussions with local industry leaders, government officials and academic experts, including visiting a number of local (including Australian subsidiaries) organisations. Significant efforts will be made to give students the opportunity to network with local business leaders and Australian expatriates and business people, so they can extend their professional networks beyond Australian borders.

Differences in the business environment in each of the countries visited means that activities and site visits will vary in each of these contexts. Details and logistics for each field trip will be provided.

6. Course Resources

Compulsory course materials will be available in Moodle, as well as other learning resources (e.g. videos, details about supplementary readings, etc.).

7. Course Evaluation & Development

Continual Course Improvement

AGSM courses are revised each time they run, with updated course outlines and assessment tasks developed. Changes relating to any industry developments will also be included.

Additionally, the AGSM surveys students each time a course is offered. The data collected provides anonymous feedback from students on the quality of course content and materials, class facilitation, student support services and the program in general. This student feedback is considered during all course revisions.

Student Response

The course was very well received due to its practical and experiential nature.

Response to Student Feedback

Minor improvements have been made to assessments.

8. Course Schedule

Week Activity Topic Detail/Engagement Assessment Task

9. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

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Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

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General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

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Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

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Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School EQS Consultation Program
The Consultation Program offers academic writing, literacy and numeracy consultations, study skills, exam preparation for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, individual and group consultations.
Level 1, Room 1035, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 4508

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning Centre
The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Educational Support Service
Educational Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process. Check their website to request an appointment or to register in the Academic Success Program.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

Disability Support Services
UNSW Disability Support Services provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or who have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Disability Advisers can arrange to put in place services and educational adjustments to make things more manageable so that students are able to complete their course requirements. To receive educational adjustments for disability support, students must first register with Disability Services.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

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