• Understanding the key drivers in a global economy
  • Australia and the agribusiness sector in a global economy
  • Understanding the macro economic issues
  • Business cycles, balance of payments, terms of trade, exchange rates, drivers of Economic growth, public vs. private sector debt, inflation
  • Contemporary managerial issues:
    • Role of government in the agribusiness sector, agricultural policy agendas of our competitors, World Trade Organisations - impact on global trade, climate change and global warming, carbon trading, water resource management and water trading, animal welfare, environmental and natural resource management, biofuels, GMO’s, food safety and environmental labelling, managed investment schemes, labour resourcing
  • Positioning the business:
    • Evaluating business opportunities, evaluating risks and developing mitigants to minimise the impact of the change, evaluating the information for decision making

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a capacity to work in a collaborative environment to develop a solution for course learning tasks
  2. Develop and document a strategic overview as a component of a strategic management plan
  3. Evaluate business opportunities which may arise from these issues
  4. Evaluate and quantify the impact of these issues on the business
  5. Identify the range of issues which may impact on agribusiness at both a regional, national and global level
  6. Identify strategies to mitigate the impact of change which these issue may impose on the business
  7. Identify and evaluate the impact of new and emerging issues as they arise


  1. Workshop participation (20%) –only offered in Semester 1
  2. Contemporary Essays either 4 or 5 - 1500 words (20%).
    NB if you attend the workshop in Semester 1 you will do 4 essays. If you choose to do the unit in semester 2 there is NO workshop but a requirement to do 5 essays