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.

Paul Millward

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
BMS(Hons) alumnus Paul Millward has been promoted to DB Breweries' senior leadership team as their new sales director.

International Management is available as a postgraduate subject only.

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 culturally sensitive, 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. We're also QS-ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Business & Management Studies (QS Subject Rankings 2016).

 Career opportunities

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


Study International Management in any of these qualifications

400 level

International Business StrategyINMG41220.0 Points
Industry Experience 4INMG49520.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationINMG49920.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PGCert(IntMgt), PGDip(IntMgt) and MMS

International Management may be taken as a subject for the MMS. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Management are also available. The requirements for the subject are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Students enrolling in 500 level International Management papers should normally have a minimum of a B average in undergraduate International Management papers, with no less than that in 300 and 400 level International Management papers. All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

International Management as a 1st or 2nd major for a bachelor's degree, or for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma

Please note that International Management is no longer available as a 1st or 2nd major for a bachelor's degree, or as a major for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, unless you were already enrolled in the major prior to 2016. No new enrolments in this major at undergraduate level are possible.

However, you may still take International Management as a specialisation if you are also taking Strategic Management as a major for the Bachelor of Management Studies degree.

If you have any queries please contact the Management Student Centre.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert(IntMgt))

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in International Management, you must pass 60 points at 500-level and meet the specific requirements for this subject.

The specific requirements for International Management are that you must meet with the Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip(IntMgt))

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma in International Management, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, submit a Portfolio of Achievement, and meet the specific requirements for this subject.

You may choose to take up to 30 points of papers from other graduate subjects as part of the PGDip, with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for International Management are that you must meet with the Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and include:

  • INMG588 International Business Strategy.

And choose 90 points, though papers often have prerequisites and careful programme planning will be required, from:

  • ACCT506 International Accounting
  • ACCT551 International Tax Strategies
  • AGRI501 International Agribusiness
  • ECON531 International Trade: Theory and Policy Issues
  • ECON532 International Finance
  • INMG501 E-Global Business: Strategic Management and Marketing
  • INMG511 International Business Management
  • INMG517 Current Issues in International Management
  • INMG523 International Business Management
  • INMG524 Managing International Alliances and Networks
  • INMG525 Global Mind Set and Cross-Cultural Management
  • MCOM576 Intercultural Communication
  • MKTG553 International Marketing
  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies
  • MSYS555 E-Business Management
  • MSYS576 21st Century Logistics
  • MSYS577 E-Enabled Agile Supply Chains
  • STMG555 Foundations of Organisation and Strategies
  • TOMG501 International Tourism and Hospitality Marketing

Master of Management Studies (MMS)

The requirements for the Master of Management Studies depend on your admission criteria; please see the qualification information for further details. However you'll need to:

  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met.
  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details).
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for International Management.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Department's Graduate Convenor.


Management Student Centre
Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
The best time to pop in to the Management Student Centre is during Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Graduate Convenor for International Management:

Dr Paresha Sinha (Semester A 2018)

Associate Professor Joanna Scott-Kennel (Semesters B and T 2018)