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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module BUSI5A815: East Asian Business and Management

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI5A815: East Asian Business and Management

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to N1K607
Tied to N1K807
Tied to N1K507
Tied to N1K307
Tied to N1KL07


  • None


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to engage different East Asian business systems in a critically informed way which identifies emerging trends and specialised management issues.


  • Comparative business systems
  • East Asian regional economic and business governance
  • East Asia economic miracle, crisis and recovery
  • Japanese business and management
  • South Korean business and management
  • Offshore Chinese business networks
  • Mainland China I: economic reform
  • Mainland China II: emerging business and management
  • East-West organisational and management learning and development
  • East-West business champions and pathfinder development

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have a critical appreciation of East Asian regional economic and business dynamics;
  • Have an advanced understanding of leading national (Japanese, South Korean, Chinese) business systems.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to compare and critically evaluate key East Asian business organisational and management preferences;
  • Be able to anticipate/predict future developmental trends and issues;
  • Be able to engage with problems and opportunities for developing East/West business relationships.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, seminars and guided reading.
  • The assessment of the module, by written assignment, is designed to test students' knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter and their ability to apply it to the analysis of specific issues.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 2 hours 18
Seminars 4 1 hour 4
Preparation & Reading 128
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment 2,500 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

Written assignment of 1,500 words maximum

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University