Faculty of Business and Economics

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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
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Townsend


This unit focuses on specific environmental cultural dimensions that distinguish organisations operating in different countries and the basis for indigenous management practices. Attention will focus on understanding work culture from the 'inside' view of the indigenous management practices rather than an 'outside' view of using western concepts to analyse indigenous management practices. Sections in the unit will be country specific and each country's work values will be studied using a common framework of how organisational effectiveness is affected by a country's external environment, micro and macro level of organisation and indigenous work culture.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. describe and analyse global cultures using multiple approaches
  2. critically analyse literature related to the convergence versus divergence debate in the international business
  3. evaluate the relevance of western management theory to indigenous management practices
  4. examine the impact of 'home' and 'host' country cultures on MNC human resource practices
  5. review research and practices on cross cultural management practices.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

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