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IBUS71-610: Doing Business Globally September 2017 [Intensive - Weeks 4 and 8]

General information

Doing business across borders has become ubiquitous even for the smallest and newest ventures. To contemplate moving internationally, firms must know how to select and assess countries or regions for the purposes of expansion. Doing Business Globally will examine the tensions between the pull of regionalism and the simultaneous push towards globalisation and the implications for doing business across borders. This is an advanced international business subject and draws on cutting edge research. Topics may change in accordance with shifting geopolitical landscapes and realities.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:IBUS71-610
Subject title:Doing Business Globally
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 1 Friday 9am to 4pm
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 2 Saturday 9am to 4pm
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 3 Sunday 9am to 4pm
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Intensive Subject Weeks 4 & 8 Fri, Sat & Sun 9am to 4pm


Prescribed resources:
  • Hill, Hult, Wickramasekera, Liesch, Mackenzie (2014). Global Business Today. 4th, McGraw Hill
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Examine the diversities and similarities of business environments in regions around the world;
  2. Examine the concept of pluralism, the development of regionalism, and evaluate their effects on business;
  3. Develop methodology for comparative assessment of regions for the purpose of international expansion conducted in a socially responsible and ethical manner;
  4. Effectively present and justify, orally and in writing, relevant advice and ideas on an individual and collaborative basis.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Class Discussion Participation 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3.
Oral Presentation Presentation 20% In Consultation 1, 2, 4.
Project Report 30% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Open) ^ Exam 30% Non-Standard Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Subject curriculum

We develop a common understanding of the complex process of globalization and its application to international business.


We examine the differences between multilateralism, plurilateralism and bilateralism.


We consider and discuss the drivers of regionalism and the determinants of regional comparative advantage looking at both the proximity approach and dimensions approach.


We examine the EU in some detail applying the theories of regionalism. Specifically, we look at its evolution, values, enlargement and consider the EU as a model for other plurilateral expansion.

1, 2, 3.

The background to Brexit is canvassed. The procedure for exiting, possible future scenarios and the political fallout are discussed.

1, 2, 3.

Nationalism and the entrenched power of the elites is discussed as background to East Asian nations being unwilling to enter into plurilateral agreements with each other.

1, 2, 3.

The evolution of Australian/New Zealand agreements is discussed, ANZACERTA in particular. Previous frameworks are applied.

1, 2, 3.

To assist in applying the dimensions approach, a quick trip through seminal historic events and the manner in which culture was developed in New Zealand is examined.

1, 2.

As with Topic 8, a quick trip through Australia's history and the manner in which culture was developed is explored.

1, 2, 3.

Australia and New Zealand are compared. Conformity with the proximity and dimensions approach is considered.

1, 2.
Approved on: Aug 2, 2017. Edition: 3.1