Courses & Units

Comparative Business Contexts BMA702

Best scheduled in the final semester of study.


This unit is designed to test assumptions about the operation of organisations in different contexts. Students are offered an opportunity to explore different social, cultural, and behavioural dimensions of business through the in-depth comparative analysis of 'place'. Students will be required to employ reflective practice to critically explore managerial practices, leadership approaches and operational mechanisms given complex external and internal characteristics of organisations in commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors across different contexts. Learning from across the MBA(I) course of study will be applied to critique contemporary leadership and business management approaches.


Unit name Comparative Business Contexts
Unit code BMA702
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Theresa Simpkin
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the industrial and economic structure, culture and politics of practicing business, management, and leadership across different contexts.
  • Critically reflect on cultural differences, and how these differences impact upon business and management practices.
  • Communicate management concepts and business ideas to professional audiences.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



75 credit points of postgraduate units


Teaching Pattern

Study tour (face-to-face or online) and 2 x 2-hour workshops (on-campus or online).

AssessmentReflective Journal (20%)|Case Study Analysis (40%)|Narrated Presentation (40%)
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There are no prescribed or recommended texts or resources for this unit. Reading will be set and materials supplied that are appropriate to the destinations under review.

Students are advised that this unit is designed to encourage self-directed research activities and examination of relevant material found via expansive independent reading.

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