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IBUS6020: Enterprise Management in China

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit focuses on China's globalising business environment from an enterprise perspective by analysing the way in which enterprises are embedded in a dynamic economic, legal and political environment and the consequences that arise for enterprise management and entrepreneurship. The unit combines theoretical analysis of the interrelationship of markets, firms and institutions with detailed, practical case studies of domestic and transnational business activities. Students are able to familiarise themselves with different types of enterprises including the local private sector, state-owned enterprises and foreign-owned enterprises operating in China as well as Chinese enterprises expanding into global markets through joint ventures, strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions.

Unit details and rules

Unit code IBUS6020
Academic unit International Business
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Wei Li,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Multiple choice questions and essay questions
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Group case project
Videos and written report
50% Week 12
Due date: 28 May 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 04 Jun 2021
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary


  • Group case project: The group project over the course of the semester for which each group will analyse one specific Chinese enterprise which has invested in Australia or overseas. The aim of the group project is to familiarise you with the globalisation of Chinese companies by studying a real-life example of a Chinese company entering an overseas market through investment. Our analytical approach uses Mike Peng’s ‘strategic tripod’ which differentiates between three types of strategies that apply to both parent companies and subsidiaries, namely a market or industry strategy, a firm or resources strategy and an institutional strategy. 
  • Final exam: This exam is designed to test your knowledge of the subject and your ability to demonstrate an understanding of the major topics covered in the unit. For the final exam you will be able to draw on the core readings and the case work you have done.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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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For more information see guide to grades.

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

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

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction, course overview, institutional theories, discussion of groups Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 02 Informal institutions - Business networks Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 03 Formal institutions - Party state and law Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Chinese domestic firms - SOEs and POEs Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 05 Corporate governance and stock market listing Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 06 Innovation and R&D Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 07 Digitization and ecosystem Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 08 E-commerce and network effects Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 09 HRM and industrial relations Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 10 Foreign direct investment and global value chains Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 11 Outbound foreign direct investment Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 12 CSR in Chinese firms Lecture (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Final lecture & revision - Review and feedback, final exam preparation Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures  are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

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

There is no prescribed textbook for this unit.  Student will be allocated weekly readings 

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. demonstrate an understanding of the key institutional features of the globalising Chinese economy at the enterprise level
  • LO2. evaluate contemporary developments in China’s market economy and their impact on different types of enterprises
  • LO3. apply the conceptual tools of International Business Studies to the Chinese business environment
  • LO4. apply analytic skills to real-life management issues and communicate the results to a professional audience
  • LO5. work in small teams in presenting management solutions to enterprise stakeholders
  • LO6. demonstrate critical reflection on the link between institutions and management and how this link defines your ethical and social responsibility.

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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