MGMT221-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

International Business

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are (related to the specific BCom Learning Outcomes in brackets):

1. 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).

2. 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).

3. 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).

4. 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).

5. 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).

6. 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).

7. 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



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

Lectures for MGMT221S1 are recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system. However, this is not an online-only course: Students are expected to attend all lectures and to be fully engaged with the course.

All students are expected to attend all scheduled class sessions, actively engage with course content, actively participate in all course activities, and complete all required tasks by the due dates. The lectures are also recorded and will be available through Echo. However, lecture attendance is highly recommended for a more active and engaging experience.

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 11.00 am 27th March (1st Meeting Feedback Sheet); 11.00 am 8th May: (Group Report, cover sheet & Individual Reflections)
Final Examination 50% Final Examination (2-hour)

To pass this course you must not only achieve a final grade of 50% or higher, but also achieve a weighted average grade of at least 45% across all invigilated assignments i.e. the Final Exam only.

Assessment In Te Reo Māori
In recognising that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use the Te Reo Māori in their assessment. If you intend to submit your work in Te Reo Māori you are required to do the following:

Read the Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy and ensure that you meet the conditions set out in the policy. This includes, but is not limited to, informing the Course Coordinator 1) no later than 10 working days after the commencement of the course that you wish to use Te Reo Māori and 2) at least 15 working days before each assessment due date that you wish to use Te Reo Māori.

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 currently priced at $81.65, available from the publisherat:

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 $114.99, so this option is unlikely to appeal to many. See:

If any of these links do not work, click on those on the front page of the course Learn website.

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 $893.00

International fee $4,200.00

* 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

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