University of Technology Sydney

21595 International Management Field Study

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UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


Enrolment in the subject requires attendance at a pre-enrolment information session and approval by the subject coordinator. To register your interest please send an email to:

The enrolment period is between July-October each calendar year.


This subject enables students to undertake a focused overseas study tour, during which the business, management and cultural practices of a selected country are researched and experienced. Through this, students gain first-hand exposure to the various business and international management theories that have been studied in their course.The subject involves pre-departure briefings and lessons, as well as a mixture of in-country activities that may include visits to businesses, talks by business leaders and trade officials, tours of culturally significant venues, and/or time to explore freely.

Feedback from previous students suggests that they have found the subject personally rewarding because, in the course of experiencing business, culture and travel in a foreign country, individuals discover capacities for leadership, collaborative support, and problem solving in themselves that might not emerge in a classroom.

This subject involves overseas travel and students taking this subject incur travel costs, which are in addition to the normal study fee. The faculty endeavours to keep travel costs as low as possible by negotiating group rates with airlines, hotels and other providers. To ensure the affordability of the study tour, it is only run if a sufficient number of students enrol and commit to the subject.

Enrolment in the subject requires attendance at a pre-enrolment information session and approval by the subject coordinator. To register your interest please send an email to:

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. discuss prevailing economic conditions and management and cultural practices in a foreign country
2. analyse the pressures, problems, challenges and opportunities faced by Australian businesses in a foreign country
3. develop self-awareness, and interpersonal and communication skills in a foreign culture
4. examine cultural differences that might impact on building working relationships
5. synthesise learning by observing the practical application of management and business theories in an overseas setting.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Students develop their critical thinking and analytical skills through the desk and onsite research they conduct. The reflective component of the subject encourages and develops student creativity, attitudes and values.

Students will work in teams to address a specific business issue and lead and coordinate their visits to businesses thus enhancing their communication and interpersonal skills. The interactions that students have with host organisations and cultural sites in the field will increase their understanding of the international business environment, and develop their skills and attitudes associated with working in a foreign country including, but not limited to, cross-cultural competence and emotional intelligence.

This subject is aligned with the following graduate attributes:

  • Intellectual rigour and innovative problem solving
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Social responsibility and cultural awareness

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is largely experiential in its approach. The majority of the students’ time is spent on a study tour in a foreign country where they reinforce their learning through a structured reflective journal. On site guidance is provided by teaching staff, practitioners and guides which help to focus the learning.

This experience is supplemented by compulsory preparatory workshops which involve instructive lectures, interactive activities and guest speaker and past student presentations. Group leadership, team and communication skills are developed in class through peer learning activities which include analysing critical international business incidents.

Students are further supported by subject material and information provided on the learning management system to help them prepare for the workshops and field study. This information will be provided in audio, visual and written format at the beginning of the teaching session with specific instructions on how students should engage with the materials.

Students receive ongoing in-class feedback both from instructors and peers, including the possibility for feedback on draft assessments prior to submission. Results and feedback from the first assessment are returned to students before the census date for Summer Session.

Content (topics)

  • Pre-departure study of the cultural and business practices of a foreign country
  • Travel with fellow students to a selected foreign country to follow a program focused on business and cultural exposure
  • Visits to business, government and cultural establishments relevant to the foreign country
  • Lectures and conversations with managers from the country being visited
  • Analysis of business conditions in the country
  • Post-visit reflection and analysis of overseas experiences


Assessment task 1: Country Research Briefing (Group and Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1 and 4

Weight: 20%

10-15 minutes. Each individual should have at least a 2-minute time slot with an extra 2-3 minutes for group ‘free time deliver’.

Assessment task 2: Country Research Report (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 4 and 5

Weight: 40%

2500 words +/- 10% (excluding reference list)

Assessment task 3: Reflective Journal (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

3 and 5

Weight: 40%

2500 words +/- 10% of quality reflection (about 350 words per activity).

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.


Meyer, K.E., Tran, Y.T.T. & Nguyen, H.V., 2006, ‘Doing business in... Vietnam’, Thunderbird International Business Review, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 263-290.

Mukherjee, K., Torres de Oliveira, R., Yan, Q. & Pore, A., 2017, ‘The strategic shift of US firms towards Vietnam at the expense of China: A business system analysis’, Journal of International Business Research and Practice, vol. 11, pp. 44-62.

Napier, N. K., & Hoang, V. Q. 2011, ‘Getting to the real story: What Vietnamese business people wish foreigners understood about doing business in emerging and transition countries like Vietnam – before they start’, International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, vol. 11, no. 2-4, pp. 208-220.

Seagon, M., Booth, C. & Pearce, J., 2018 in press, ‘Ethics, bribery, corruption and management in Vietnam’, Journal of Business Ethics.

Tran, A.N. & Jeppesen, S. 2016, ‘SMEs in their own right: The views of managers and workers in Vietnamese textiles, garment, and footwear companies’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 137, no. 3, pp. 589-608.

Tran, D.M., Fallon, W. & Vickers, M.H. 2017, ‘Leadership in the transition from a socialist to a market economy: Multi-stakeholder perceptions of business leadership in Vietnam’, in N. Muenjohn & A. McMurray (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 445-459.

Wang, Y. L., & Tran, E. 2012, ‘Effects of cross?cultural and language training on expatriates’ adjustment and job performance in Vietnam’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 327-350.