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MGC2130 - Asian management

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader(s): Associate Professor Cherrie Zhu


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Management systems in Asia through a focus on paradigms, such as Japanese management; the implications for management of union cultures in various national contexts; cross-cultural management issues in multinationals; the transfer of management systems at the level of the corporation and the state; an understanding of how people are managed in Asia through the study of how local ethnic, gender, religious and kinship factors affect employees and managers in their work ethics, career strategies, leadership and decision-making styles. National contexts include Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong), Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • describe the management of organisations in Asia from both managers' and workers' perspectives
  • explain the major theories of Asian management and illustrate them with case material
  • analyse how factors from the external environment, such as gender, religion, ethnic diversity, union cultures, affect Asian management processes and compare how these vary between Asian nations
  • conduct an individual research exercise by applying one aspect of Asian management theory to a chosen Asian country context
  • develop oral and written communication skills.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week


It is recommended that students complete MGC1010 before undertaking this unit

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