MGT530 International Business (8)


This subject presents an understanding of the business practices of Australia's major trading partners, and the range of issues and problems that managers of international business operations face on a day-to-day basis. Topics include how to choose the appropriate form and location of international operations; how to deal with the economic, sociocultural and political forces that affect organisational performance; and how to manage the ethical, legal and social responsibility issues that arise in the international context. This is achieved through guided readings, completion of case studies, and critical analysis of the international business environment.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
DistanceBathurst Campus
Term 2
InternalEconomic and Finance Institute
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT530
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain key concepts in globalisation and assess the implications for Australia in general as well as Australian and international firms and their business practices;
  • be able to analyse international business environments and practices, and evaluate how they are being shaped by economic, financial, socio-cultural, political and legal forces;
  • be able to investigate different socio-cultural and ethical environments in the international arena and explain the implications for conducting business;
  • be able to identify general and specific issues as well as new trends facing managers of international business operations, and design strategies to respond to these issues;
  • be able to research and evaluate the attractiveness and viability of conducting business in specific locations around the globe; and
  • be able to research and recommend appropriate strategies for the form, location and operational strategies of an international firm.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Forms of international operations
  • The foreign environment
  • Sociocultural forces and ethical issues
  • Political forces and legal forces
  • Economic theory and policy
  • Managing the international business enterprise
  • Business practices of selected trading partners
  • Success factors of international business
  • Australia's current international business position
  • Future options and scenarios


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.