Transnational Management


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Transnational Management

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business, Business Administration, Business Management, Intercultural Management, International Business, International Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This unit of study is designed for management, business, marketing, engineering, finance and employment relations fields of study.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This subject examines the management challenges associated with the strategic and operational management of organisations whose activities stretch across national boundaries. It develops a conceptual framework which enables students to understand the interplay between the multinational corporation, the country in which it does business, including an understanding of the psychological, social, political and economic forces useful for managers and consultants involved in multinational organisations and cross-border management. Through theory, cases, readings and research articles, the subject considers approaches to the development of strategy, organisational capabilities, and management challenges for operating in the global economy. It provides comprehensive understanding of managerial processes such as, cultural diversity, the entrepreneurial process (identifying and acting on new opportunities), the integrative learning process (linking and leveraging those pockets of entrepreneurial initiative), and the leadership process (articulating a vision and inspiring others to follow).
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. explain market opportunities, sourcing advantages and strategic imperatives that drive transnational organisations in globalising their business
    2. discuss the psychological, social, political and economic forces useful for managers and consultants involved in multinational organisations and cross-border management
    3. examine the challenges facing present and future transnational organisations
    4. apply skills in critical and analytical thinking, written and oral communication, and international teamwork to research in transnational management.
    This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:
    Show an understanding of essential concepts necessary for a career in business and related professions (1.1)
    Critically evaluate data and resources in the context of relevant academic literature (2.2)
    Demonstrate an awareness of conflicting ethical demands of various stakeholders within business and related professional environments (4.1)
    Evaluate business responses to ethical issues and dilemmas (4.2)
    Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations, including sustainability (4.3)
    Apply technical skills necessary for professional practice in business (5.2)
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    The course centres on the implementation and control of various strategies through the study of evolving global and transnational management tools, practices and research. This course is designed to facilitate the students' ability to critique, design, construct and implement business and corporate level strategies in this new arena, taking into account emerging theories and trends via current events and the study of new business ventures.
    Teaching and learning strategies
    This subject is taught in three-hour, face-to-face workshop classes scheduled on a weekly basis. Classes are structured around lectures, informal class discussions, case analysis and student project work. Discussions are supported by materials from the textbook, articles, video cases and international case materials, in addition to some guest lecturers.
    Understanding the motivations, means and mentalities for expanding abroad
    Understanding the international context and responding to conflicting environmental forces
    Building layers of competitive advantage
    Managing integration responsiveness and flexibility
    Making global strategies work
    Creating world-wide innovation and learning
    Building multidimensional capabilities
    The future challenges facing transnational organisations
    Assessment task 1: Mid-term Examination (Individual)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1 and 2
    Weight: 50%
    Assessment task 2: Final Examination (Individual)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This addresses program learning objectives(s):
    1.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 5.2
    Weight: 50%
    Minimum requirements
    Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject?s total marks.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.