As the Chinese economy grows, so too does its importance in the global marketplace. Effectively engaging with China's business and economy require a diverse set of skills, including a thorough understanding of Chinese history, society and culture, and how these influence contemporary business practices. This unit introduces students to Chinese social, political, legal and economic systems. It examines the business environment with a focus on developing practical skills and knowledge of Chinese business practices, including business culture and communications, business negotiation, organisational structure, and decision making. The unit focuses on providing a deeper understanding of China, taking a broader holistic view by engaging multidisciplinary expertise to further enhance graduate capabilities in working in China and/or negotiating with Chinese businesses.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise the historical, political, legal, economic and socio-cultural aspects of China's business environment in relation to Chinese business organisations and management practices;  
  2. Critically review the contemporary business environment in China, and its implications for foreign firms and managers;  
  3. Synthesise multidisciplinary theories and models as they apply to modern Chinese business landscapes;  
  4. Critically evaluate the issues confronted by firms doing business in the China, and investigate the uniqueness of the Chinese market, organizations, and social structure in developing market entry strategies; and  
  5. Deliberate on cross-border international business management approaches and strategies in China.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quiz 15%
Project Progressive Assessment-Stage 1: Project Plan 20%
Project Progressive Assessment-Stage 2: Market Analysis 20%
Project Progressive Assessment-Stage 3: Business Plan 25%
Presentation Progressive Assessment-Stage 4: Business Plan Pitch 20%

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