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    Provides exposure to multi-cultural and international influences on business and global economics, including communications, governance, accountability and ethics. Designed to develop skills for graduates working in all international environments.

    In the rapidly evolving global landscape, this paper provides an in-depth understanding of business and economics across diverse cultural settings. This comprehensive course not only exposes international students to Western business practices but also highlights the importance of effective communication skills in professional and academic contexts. By emphasizing ethical considerations, financial reporting, and cross-cultural understanding, this course equips students with the knowledge and tools necessary to excel in the globalized business world.


    This course strongly emphasizes critical thinking, diverse perspectives, and the development of key academic skills such as writing and argumentation. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to various theoretical frameworks that will enhance your understanding of the subject matter and prove invaluable for your future studies and professional endeavors. By combining theoretical knowledge, practical applications, and the development of essential academic skills, this course will provide you with a solid foundation for your continued studies and a successful career in the interconnected and dynamic world of business and economics.


    Moreover, this course fosters a safe and inclusive environment that encourages open discussion on key topics. By engaging in meaningful dialogues with peers and instructors, you will develop a well-rounded understanding of the complexities surrounding the environment of business and economics, and hone your ability to approach challenges with creativity and nuance.

    About this paper

    Paper title The Environment of Business and Economics
    Subject Business Studies
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (10 June 2024 - 6 September 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,482.46
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    BCom(Hons), MBusDataSc, MIntBus, MSusBus
    (i) For BCom(Hons) students, this paper is intended only for those studying Accounting. (ii) The N1 distance occurrence of this paper is only available to students enrolled in the MSusBus programme.
    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Lincoln Wood

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    1 x lecture per week.

    1 x tutorial per week.


    No reference textbooks.

    Course outline

    View the course outline for BSNS401

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    1. Cultivate an appreciation for ethics from multicultural perspectives and their application in an international business environment.
    2. Apply frameworks to analyze business conduct across various cultural contexts worldwide.
    3. Evaluate the intricacies of financial reporting and accountability across different countries, providing critical reflection on these topics.
    4. Enhance your communication skills, enabling effective interaction within a multicultural business environment, while acknowledging various business-related disciplines.
    5. Design and execute a research plan that integrates the learning objectives, employs appropriate research methods, and effectively communicates the findings.


    1st Non standard period (10 June 2024 - 6 September 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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