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Unit Overview


This unit examines the cultural underpinnings of the business traditions in the Asian region from a comparative perspective. In each tradition, the student examines the type of business enterprise that has emerged. Discussion then focuses on the nature of business organisation, leadership, management style, business strategy and the general business culture in each of these areas. A key feature of these traditions is their continued regional and international expansion.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) identify the essential characteristics of the major business traditions in the region (Japanese, Korean, overseas Chinese, mainland Chinese, Indian and Western); (2) have a clear understanding of the historical forces (society, culture, politics) shaping these traditions; (3) comprehend how free trade and the market ideology of neo-liberal globalisation impacts on these traditions; (4) recognise the remarkable transformations in the roles of India and China in the restructuring of the global economy; and (5) respond with the appropriate degree of sensitivity to these traditions should they be engaged in such business dealings in the future.


Assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour.
or MGMT1136 Management and Organisations.
for pre-2012 courses: none
ABUS1190 Foundations of Asian Business
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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