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International Management

Learn to compete in the global marketplace by understanding how to operate a business in another country, and export to foreign markets such as China and the emerging markets of Asia and the Pacific.

International Management deals with business activities that span the globe, across countries and cultures. New Zealand businesses must learn how to operate in countries that have very different laws, economic systems, technology and cultural values to our own.

In this subject, you will learn about some of the barriers and opportunities facing New Zealand exporters, how to develop strategies for entering and servicing international markets, the benefits of e-commerce technologies, managing international alliances and networks, cross-cultural communication, and some of the key strategies used by companies that operate across national borders.

This subject will prepare you for an exciting range of careers in the commercial sector, particularly in exporting, international management, finance, tourism, and government departments such as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Alongside your international management papers, you can also choose to learn or continue to learn a foreign language.

International Management may suit you if you're adventurous, business minded, enjoy overseas travel, and have good communication and language skills (or are willing to learn a language).

Internationally Recognised

You’ll study International Management at Waikato Management School, an internationally recognised business school with Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. This places it in the top 1% of all business schools in the world.

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.


International Management can be taken as a Minor subject (4 papers) for almost any bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato, such as the Bachelor of Business, or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours.

Otherwise you can take just one or two International Management papers as electives, or upgrade to a Graduate Certificate (4 papers).

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise through postgraduate research, consider our Master of Management Studies in International Management.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
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Study International Management in these qualifications

  • Master of Management Studies
  • Career opportunities

    • Business development adviser
    • Industrial development analyst
    • International marketing analyst
    • International trade policy adviser
    • Tourism consultant
    • Translator
    • Business owner

    100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    STMGT101Introduction to Management15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Waikato Pathways College), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21B (Waikato Pathways College), 21C (Waikato Pathways College), 21X (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Explores the world of management in organisations, the roles of managers and how they strategise, plan, organise, and motivate staff to achieve goals.

    200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ECONS200Understanding the Global Economy15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper focuses on developing understanding of contemporary global issues, including economic well-being, sustainable growth, emerging economies, world trade and globalisation.
    INMGT200Global Business Management15.021G (Online)
    The global environment provides opportunities and challenges for all organisations. Develop the skills to analyse global megatrends, identify strategic issues in the global business environment, and evaluate strategies of multinationals and small firms.
    SCMGT202Global Supply Chains15.021A (Hamilton)
    New Zealand's distance from its primary markets makes the study of global supply chains vital. This paper provides a thorough understanding of supply chain management in a globalised context.

    300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ECONS304International Economics Issues15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers in-depth analysis of the global economic environment, including international trade, access to markets and cross-border movement of factors of production including capital and labour.
    STMGT305Doing Business Internationally15.021A (Hamilton)
    Explores the international dimensions of business that enable growth and provide new markets, but increase the complexities involved (e.g. scale, different regulations, cultures).

    500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ACCTN506International Accounting30.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores and analyses accounting in a global and transnational context. Similarities and differences between accounting and its regulation in different national contexts, and attempts to harmonise the accounting practices of different countries are discussed. The paper also addresses issues relevant for an appreciation o...
    AGBUS501International Agribusiness30.021A (Hamilton)
    Analysis of international agribusiness examining firm and country strategies, including analysis of specific commodities.
    INMGT517Current Issues in International Management30.021C (Online)
    This paper identifies and examines a wide range of current management issues, both internal and external to the organisation, that impact on international managers operating across national borders. It helps students understand the implications of a global economy by highlighting the key challenges of managing across cultural and n...
    INMGT588International Business Strategy30.021A (Online)
    This paper focuses on the international business strategy of organisations, industries and countries. International business strategy at the level of the organisation identifies the differences between national and international competitors and the complex environment in which they operate. The international strategy utilised by an...
    INMGT591International Management Dissertation30.021X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    INMGT592International Management Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    INMGT593International Management Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    INMGT594International Management Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MRKTG553International Marketing30.021B (Hamilton)
    This advanced level paper aims to find solutions to potential problems that firms entering a global market may face. The paper investigates managerially relevant topics (e.g. country-of origin effects, branding and pricing strategies, etc.) using the latest theories.

    800 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    INMGT800International Management MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

    900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    INMGT900International Management PhD Thesis120.021I (Hamilton), 21X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
    No description available.

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    International Management as a Minor subject (60 points)

    Graduate qualifications (100-300 Level)

    Postgraduate qualifications (500 Level)


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