Students in the MBA Executive from Melbourne and Vietnam have come together for a special course focusing on management issues in Asia.
Issues such as cross-cultural leadership and strategies for international recruitment were addressed by industry experts at the study intensive hosted recently by RMIT University Vietnam.
The group of 45 heard from industry and academic experts on Asian management issues including barriers to effective cross-cultural management; approaches to staffing in foreign countries; corruption and bribery within organisations; and challenges and successes in setting up a business in Vietnam.
The study intensive also involved industry visits to Mercedes Benz and the Heineken production facility, where the group heard from senior company managers on the planning and strategy approaches taken for key operational areas such as human resources, marketing and logistics.
RMIT Vietnam MBA Executive Nigel Kavanagh said the study intensive was the right balance between research and practice on the topic.
"It was exciting to meet with local and international industry leaders such as the senior executives from KPMG, Austrade and ANZ," Mr Kavanagh said.
"This program is what differentiates RMIT Vietnam's EMBA program from others.
"I think it's brilliant how MBA executives across both Australia and Vietnam can come together to share perspectives and experiences."
RMIT Vietnam MBA Director, Dr David Robinson, said the course gave students the opportunity to gain insights into the Vietnamese economy and an understanding of the management and leadership practices in the country.
"It also covers the dynamic challenges that face organisations who wish to invest in developing countries," Dr Robinson said.
"We've had some really interesting discussions around international human resources strategies, such as the approach to staffing in foreign countries, expatriate placements, as well as the advantages and challenges around international recruitment.
"In addition to the industry visits to Heineken and Mercedes Benz, the group also had the opportunity to expand their networks and connect at networking events and guest speaker presentations with international business leaders from Asia and Australia."
MBA Course Coordinator in the Graduate School of Business and Law, Dr Michael Segon, said the study intensive created strong links between the MBA Executive Programs in Ho Chi Minh City and Melbourne.
"It fosters greater cross-cultural understanding not only between the students but provides the opportunity for faculty to work together and develop a truly cross-cultural learning experience," Dr Segon said.
The MBA Executive study intensive takes place every year in late June and early July.