Courses & Units

Comparative Business Contexts BMA702


This unit is designed to offer students an immersive learning experience and 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 site visits in Tasmania, the Australian mainland or overseas.

It is expected that students will attend all scheduled on-campus and off-campus activities. 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.

This unit also offers students the opportunity to explore topics of interest associated with research projects as part of the full-time MBA (37O1) and Executive MBA (37O2) courses.


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
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 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the industrial and economic structure, culture and politics of practicing business, management, and leadership in the study tour destination.
  • 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

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080307 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $4,033.00

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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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