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MN2155: Asia Pacific Business (2012/2013)

Lecturers
Dr Li Dong (course co-ordinator). Room 102, Moore Complex. Li.Dong@rhul.ac.uk Dr Huaichuan Rui, Room 009, Moore Complex. huaichuan.rui@rhul.ac.uk

Brief Outline and Aims of the Course
This course is a comparative study of business in the Asia Pacific. For much of the past five decades the Asia Pacific has been the most economically dynamic region in the world. The importance of understanding the region for businesses, governments and academics cannot be overstated. The main aims of this course are to encourage and stimulate your interest in the Asia Pacific, to provide you with a firm grounding in the contemporary economic, political, and cultural contexts of the Asia Pacific nations, and to enable you to recognise and appreciate the degree of diversity of the business environments and business practices in the region. In a one-term course it is not possible to delve into the details of business in all the Asia Pacific nations. Instead, taking for granted your basic theoretical knowledge of economics, strategic management and organisational behaviour, you will be introduced to the characteristics of business organisation and management in several countries in the Asia Pacific, locating business practice in the context of political economy, institutional environment, and cultural background. The main emphasis is upon Japan, Korea and China but attention will also be devoted to other Asia Pacific economies including Malaysia, India and Taiwan.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course you will be able to:

Assess and evaluate the factors that lay behind the rapid growth of the Asia Pacific region in the last five decades. Appreciate and be able to discuss the extent of diversity in Asia Pacific business institutions and markets. Analyse the impact of foreign multinationals in the region.

Distinguish and describe the range of different relationships between Asia Pacific states and indigenous businesses. Evaluate human resources management and employment relations issues in the region. Apply theoretical insights from first and second year courses to the context of the Asia Pacific.

In addition, after graduating from Royal Holloway if you interact with people from the region in your working life the knowledge of the political, economic, cultural and business background gained from this course should help to make these interactions more effective and productive in business terms, and more enjoyable and interesting on a personal level.

Organisation
This course will be delivered through 10 hours of lectures via moodle and 8 hours of workshops during the tutor’s visit to Singapore. Understanding the lecture content through moodle, consulting a wide range of reading material, and careful preparation for each workshop are essential ingredients to success in this course.

Assessment
The course is assessed by a combination of one individual written assignment and an end of year unseen examination. The weighting of each is as follows: 30% for the assignment and 70% for the examination.

Individual Assignment Question (30%)
Select one of following two topics for your assignment. Assignments should be between 2,500 and 3,000 words in length. Assignment submission date: To be confirmed.

1. Compare and contrast business systems in Japan and China. Answer with reference to relevant theories and use comparative country and/or corporate examples.

2. Has state played a leading role in upgrading technologies in the Asia Pacific? Answer with reference to relevant theories and use comparative country and/or corporate examples.

The examination (70%)

• 2 hour unseen exam paper.
• The exam paper contains 6 (six) questions.
• You are asked to answer 2 (two)
• Answers should be in essay format.

Important criteria for assessment (apply for both assignment and examination): a) Overall: Answering the question(s); knowledge and understanding...
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