Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrea North-Samardzic


This unit examines national differences in work and employment practices, the historical, economic, political and cultural factors associated with these differences, and their implications for global business and other stakeholders, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. It assesses the impact of globalisation on work and employment in different national contexts, with a particular focus on the Asian economies. Topics include: internationalisation and global production systems, divergence and convergence in national systems of employment relations in European, Anglophone and Asian countries, labour management practices in multi-national enterprises, corporate social responsibility and labour standards, regulatory and institutional differences governing the management of labour.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. analyse the globalisation of trade and production systems and the impact on employment relations and labour standards
  2. identify the implications of globalisation and financialisation for the management of labour in different national settings
  3. evaluate the work practices and labour standards in MNCs
  4. examine institutions governing trade and labour standards, including international labour standards, trade agreements, and corporate codes of conduct
  5. assess the relationship between trade and labour standards in industrialising and transition economies.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses: 0105, 0319, 2099, 2778, 1065, 3801, 1506, 2643, 2642, 0200, 0201, 0028 or 1822 or seek Chief Examiner's approval before undertaking this unit.