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MIBS6003: Global Strategy

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal evening] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study, third in the sequence of six core units students complete in the MIB program, focuses on how international companies win and lose in global competition. Topics include international strategies such as entry mode choices, cross-border strategic alliances, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. The emphasis of the unit is on the application of contextual knowledge about international business and strategic management theories as tailored to emerging markets, and in particular to analyse decisions faced by companies operating in the Asia Pacific region.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MIBS6003
Academic unit International Business
Credit points 6
IBUS6001 or IBUS6002
MIBS6001 and MIBS6002
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Chinmay Pattnaik,
Lecturer(s) Chinmay Pattnaik,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Individual report
30% Week 06
Due date: 30 Sep 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 02 Oct 2020
3500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Group presentation
25% Week 12
Due date: 11 Nov 2020 at 17:00
15-20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment Final report
Written Report
35% Week 12
Due date: 18 Nov 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 20 Nov 2020
3500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Class participation
10% Weekly 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Individual report: 

In this assignment, students are required to analyse the evolution and evaluation of the strategy of a multinational company (MNC). Students can select any MNC of their choice (except IKEA and BrakeProducts International). After selecting an MNC, the student needs to research and collect information on the historical development of the company. Based on their research students are required to provide the following analysis: 1. Analysis of Strategy: In order to perform the analysis, students must use the framework provided on page 51 of the article Hambrick, D. C. and Fredrickson, J. W 2001. Are you sure you have a strategy? Academy of Management Executive, 15(4): 48-59. This framework will be discussed in detail in week 3; 2Evaluation of Strategy: In order to evaluate the strategy of an MNC, students are required to answer the questions provided in table 1(page 59) of the above article. Details description of the assignment will be uploaded to Canvas.

  • Class Participation: 

Each class will be divided into two sessions; a lecture session of 100-110 minutes and discussion session of 60-70 minutes. The discussion session will be conducted after the lecture session. You will discuss case-study/ article in the discussion session each week. The lecturer will act as a moderator for the discussion. 

Individual pre-class preparation: Each student is required to read the case study/ article and prepare the answer to the question(s) before coming to the class. The answer to the question(s)should be within 150 words. You are not required to submit your answer sheet to the lecturer. These prepared answers will help you to actively participate in the class discussion.

In class participation: Based on the questions provided in the outline which the students are required to answer before coming to the lecture, there will be discussions answering the same question (s). The lecturer will only moderate the discussion. Students must actively participate in the discussion to provide their answers to the question (s).

  • Group presentation and report: 

Groups of 4 students will be formed. The group will work as a consulting team to provide foreign market entry recommendations to an MNC client which wants to expand into two potential foreign markets. Students will be provided with the list of two countries and the MNC which wants to enter these markets. You are required to perform research on the country and the potential partners in each foreign market. As a final output, you are required to make a short presentation and submit the presentation slides in week 12.

  • Final report: Please find the detailed guideline in Canvas. 

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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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:

There will be 10% penalty for each day after the deadline

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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Mid-semester exam period No lecture Individual study (3 hr)  
Week 01 Assessing global market Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 02 Understanding strategy Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 03 Analysing industry Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 04 Evaluating resources and capabilities Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 05 Entering foreign markets Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 07 Managing strategic alliances Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 08 Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 09 Devising and executing global strategy Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 10 Developing global organisations Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 11 Managing foreign subsidiaries Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 12 Group presentation Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 13 Unit review Lecture (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recording: All lectures and seminars 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

All readings for this unit will be made 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. conceptualise the role of strategy in creating competitive advantage for global corporations
  • LO2. analyse the competitive environment facing the global corporations, isolate potential sources of competitive advantages and identify country specific institutional factors to devise global strategy
  • LO3. apply theoretical frameworks to compare strategic options for entry into foreign markets
  • LO4. explain key aspects of sustainable global organisations to develop new knowledge and share them within a network of global subsidiaries
  • LO5. demonstrate the ability to design, develop and execute global strategy.

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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