MGMT221-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

International Business

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course introduces the major topics in International Business, including comparative environmental frameworks, government and economic influences, import/export, and organisation of international business. The course emphasises the pervasive repercussions of global issues on contemporary business management and the role of the business owner or executive manager.

International Business is one of your key courses, given the increasingly global nature of commerce. It will take a strategic perspective in introducing you to the international dimensions of managing organisations. Although New Zealand’s place in international business will be explored, the emphasis is on developing an international rather than a local perspective. The IB paper is essential to everyone with a sense of adventure and curiosity about the wider business world: not only those aiming to work overseas in large corporates, but also those heading to smaller and/or domestic organisations, and budding entrepreneurs. The format will be as interactive and applied as possible with formal lecture input, videos and cases; and informal discussion and debate where possible. Although theory is vital to understand what’s going on in international business, the applied emphasis will enable you to link course themes and issues to the practitioner world.

Relationship to other courses
This is a core course in the Management, International Business, and Strategy and Entrepreneurship BCom majors. It is an introduction to international business focused on strategically managing an organisation. This course is complemented by MGMT344 Strategic Management and MGMT345 Strategy Processes & Practices. It also helps prepare students for the MCom Masters and BCom Honours programmes.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT221 is:  
Lectures 24
Quizzes 11
Final Exam 2
Group Assignment 50 (per person)
Exam Preparation 30
Lecture Preparation 33
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise the main contemporary international, supra-national and global strategic impacts upon organisations. The final exam is an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of international business theory and practice (BCom LO1.1.1 Students can explain and/or apply theory, concepts, models or reasoning from their selected subject major to a problem/issue/ context).
  • Explain the different roles Multinational Enterprises and Small-and-Medium-sized Enterprises play in international business. The Learn quizzes help assess this (BCom LO1.1.1 Students can explain and/or apply theory, concepts, models or reasoning from their selected subject major to a problem/issue/ context).
  • Interpret spatial strategic situations, evaluate strategic choices and identify nascent strategic options firms have chosen in response to spatial impacts. The group project requires application of theories and techniques to an organisation’s strategy problems (BCom LO4.1.1 Students have engaged with a business, not-for-profit organisation, government department, professional society, professional community or local community and have evaluated their experience).
  • Manage a group project involving the effective delegation of specific analytical, writing and editing tasks and the coordination of all team members over the entire project period; and the on-time delivery of the final project report (BCom LO2.1.5. Students can work effectively in a team in order to reach a common goal).
  • Write a report on the strategic situation and chosen strategies relating to a particular firm’s product with an international dimension. This is through the group project (BCom LO2.1.4. Students can write a report/essay on a problem/issue/situation/scenario that: a. incorporates content at an appropriate level of detail; b. is logically structured; c. is presented professionally using correct English, referencing and appropriate resources).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the business environment of specific regions/countries that are of increasing importance to internationalising companies. The Learn quizzes help evaluate this (BCom LO5.1.1. Students can identify, consider and debate perspectives, processes and impacts relating to globalisation and localisation in different contexts, drawing on theory and practice when considering issues in their discipline or field of study).
  • Review and interpret salient international and national cultural influences upon organizations. This is a specific lecture topic, and Learn quizzes help assess this (BCom LO5.1.2. Students can identify, consider and debate perspectives, processes and impacts relating to the culture and identity of multiple stakeholders, drawing on theory and practice when considering issues in their discipline or field of study).
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) MGMT100; and (2) A further 45 points



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

David Stiles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly Quizzes (on Learn) 20% Open for 7 days after each class (first 2 quizzes due 4:00pm 6 March (no special considerations)
Group Project 30% Due 3.00pm 27 March (1st Meeting Feedback Sheet); 3.00pm 8 May (Group Report & cover sheet & Individual Reflections)
Final Examination 50% Final Examination (2-hour)

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Collinson, Simon et al; International business ; Eighth Edition; Pearson, 2020.

For unlimited access, the best option is to buy the eBook priced at $71.99, available from the publisher at:

There are a few paper copies in the library High Demand collection and limited library access to the eBook at but there is likely to be strong demand for these from other students and availability is restricted. There is also a print edition available from the publisher/University Bookshop, but this is $125.99, so this option is unlikely to appeal to many. See:

Do not use previous editions, since much of the material will be out-of-date.

Other material will be posted on the course Learn website.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,075.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Tourism .

All MGMT221 Occurrences

  • MGMT221-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023