Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

Year: 2018-19
Course code: MGT4099
Course credits: 15
Taught: Semester 2
Course co-ordinator
: Dr Wei Yang
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Business & Management.
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more information: Cherisse McLaren

Course description

This course provides students with an understanding of the essentials related to (international) strategic alliances and joint ventures. It not only covers the key aspects (such as formation, organisation, and risks) of strategic alliances and joint ventures that business managers should be aware of but also gives opportunities for students to practice and share their own thinking through presentation and group work. This course is expected to be very informative and interactive.

Aims

The aims of this course are:

  • to provide an overview of key concepts and issues related to strategic alliances and joint ventures;
  • to explore why and how strategic alliances and joint ventures are formed, staffed, organised and managed;
  • to identify and critically analyse benefits and risks of using strategic alliances and joint ventures;
  • to identify and critically analyse the cultural, managerial and environmental differences in international strategic alliances and joint ventures, and the ways to address them to achieve alliance/venture success.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Analyse and compare different strategic alliances and joint venture conceptualizations;
    2. Identify and critically evaluate various types and structures of strategic alliances and joint ventures;
    3. Identify, compare, and critically evaluate strategies to negotiate alliance and joint venture deals;
    4. Explain and analyse the staffing, management and organization of strategic alliances and joint ventures;
    5. Develop students’ transferable skills in identifying and explaining challenges and risks of strategic alliances and joint ventures, and evaluating and selecting means to address these challenges and risks;
    6. Identify and explain governance structures (e.g., board of directors, partner relationship) of strategic alliances and joint ventures, and means to terminate alliance/venture contracts;
    7. Work effectively to solve problems in groups, giving and receiving feedback, to produce an output..

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures: 2hrs x 6 weeks
Practical Classes: 2hr x 4 weeks case study workshops

Please refer to MyCampus for timetable.

Assessment

An individual essay 2,000 words (60%)
Group Brief 2,000 words (20%)
Group Presentation (20%)