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IBUS6000: Advanced International Business Strategy

Intensive February, 2021 [Block mode] - Remote

This unit brings all the various sub-areas of management together and analyzes the key corporate decisions from the perspective of the CEO. The focus of the unit is the multinational company (MNC) and it aims to show how strategy contributes to the success of the MNC, how it provides overall direction and how it integrates the various activities and decisions of the MNC. Specific emphasis is placed on the behavioral aspects of strategy. Upon completion of the unit, students should be able to identify and analyze the determinants of strategic decisions on a global level. They should be able to describe and evaluate a firm's business and corporate strategy and on this basis develop solutions for strategic dilemmas in real-life situations.

Unit details and rules

Unit code IBUS6000
Academic unit International Business
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Stefan Volk,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final exam
Written exam
50% Formal exam period
Due date: 22 Feb 2021 at 09:00
1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
Presentation group assignment News Flash Presentation
Group presentation
30% Week -02
Due date: 14 Feb 2021 at 20:00

Closing date: 15 Feb 2021
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Case analysis
Written assignment
20% Week -02
Due date: 17 Feb 2021 at 16:00

Closing date: 21 Feb 2021
2,000-3,000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Assessment summary

Assessment Name


Case Analysis (Individual Assignment)


News Flash Presentation (Group Assignment)


Final Exam (Individual Assignment)





Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late penalties apply as specified in the Business School and University policies and procedures:

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week -02 Organizational processes to support international business strategies (Monday, 15 Feb) Corporate culture and strategy (Tuesday, 16 Feb) Unit review (Wednesday, 17 Feb) Block teaching (9 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week -03 International business strategy and ethics (Monday, 08 Feb) Market entry strategies (Tuesday, 09 Feb) Global joint venture exercise (Wednesday, 10 Feb) International business strategies (Thursday, 11 Feb) Organizational structures to support international business strategies (Friday, 12 Feb) Block teaching (15 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week -04 Introduction and course overview (Monday, 01 Feb) Strategy, political economy, and country differences (Tuesday, 02 Feb) National competitive advantage (Wednesday, 03 Feb) Strategic positioning and value creation (Thursday, 04 Feb) Cooperation, competition, and collusion (Friday, 05 Feb) Block teaching (15 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

The course is designed to be fully interactive. To get the most out of this course, you need to participate actively in the course. Participation requires in particular active participation in class discussions during tutorials. Barring unforeseen circumstances, students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Evaluate and explain concepts, frameworks, and theories in the domain of international business strategy
  • LO2. Critically apply the different business concepts, frameworks, and theories in the domain of international business strategy
  • LO3. Identify, collect, classify, evaluate, and utilize useful information to prepare an international business news flash report
  • LO4. Explain and analyse key problems of MNCs, and conclude with convincing solutions within real-world constraints
  • LO5. Develop skills to work with people from diverse national backgrounds with inclusiveness, open-mindedness and integrity

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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