Introduction to Business in Asia

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

This course will give you some beginning ideas on how to understand and negotiate business in Asia. The emphasis is on the social and cultural aspects of business, such as leadership, management and personal relationships. We focus on China, Japan, Korea and some countries in South East Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. After completing this course, you should have some understanding of how to work with business managers in Asia, how to build business relationships in Asia, and how to understand and approach cultural differences that you may encounter.

Course Instructors

Dr. Peter Woods

Dr. Peter Woods is a senior lecturer in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith Business School, Griffith University. He received his PhD from Griffith University in 2007. His research interests include Chinese management, Indonesian leadership, cross-cultural management and diversity management. Peter is internationally recognised for his expertise in developing and effectively using innovative curriculum materials and approaches for teaching multicultural students. He has won a number of teaching awards, including an Australian University Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

Course Description

What's it about?

This course will give you some beginning ideas on how to understand and negotiate business in Asia. The emphasis is on the social and cultural aspects of business, such as leadership, management and personal relationships. We focus on China, Japan, Korea and some countries in South East Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

This course will give you some beginning ideas on how to understand and negotiate business in Asia. The emphasis is on the social and cultural aspects of business, such as leadership, management and personal relationships. We focus on China, Japan, Korea and some countries in South East Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

After completing this course, you should have some understanding of how to work with business managers in Asia, how to build business relationships in Asia, and how to understand and approach cultural differences that you may encounter.

What's involved?

What will I learn?

  • The social aspects of business in Asia
  • Frameworks for analysing cultural issues relevant to business in Asia
  • The values relevant to business in Asia
  • Some historical points relevant to doing business in China

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours 47 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

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