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Business Studies: MGT387

Library help for MGT387

Welcome to the MGT387 Library Research Skills section!

Below we'll discuss your assessment task, including how to undergo a Topic Analysis. This will help you develop keywords to search for the information you'll need. After looking through this page head over to the plan your Search Strategy page for some more tips. Then the Find Scholarly Information tab and the drop down menus below it, to learn how to use the Library and find all the resources you need for your assessment tasks. Don't forget to Evaluate Information you find to ensure it is appropriate. Then head over to Write Your Report for tips on writing and referencing your assessment.

Identify Main Concepts with a Topic Analysis

A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.

You will generally be given three key pieces of information:

  1. The key topic or concept words direct you in what to research.
  2. The limits or qualifiers tell you the specific focus of the topic or concept.
  3. The task or instruction terms tell how you are to deal with the content. Charles Sturt University has a list of explanations for common instruction words.

Your MGT387 assessment 2 is to write a 2,500 word report. 

Context: "International social responsibility includes the expectation that MNCs concern themselves with the social and economic effects of their decisions... The stance toward social responsibility that a firm should take in its international operations, however, is much more complex" (Deresky, 2014, p. 37). 


1. Explain the complexities regarding social responsibility and ethical behaviour faced by MNCs when operating internationally.  

2. Select a MNC that has been reported to have poor social responsibility or ethical behaviour when operating in a foreign country. Describe the situation, and explain why you think it occurred.

3. Select a MNC that you think has good social responsibility or ethical behaviour when operating in a foreign country. Describe the situation, and explain why you think they are doing that good action/activity/strategy.

4. Provide 3 recommendations regarding international social responsibility or ethical behaviour, for a MNC who might be faced with complex situations in their international operations.  

You should start by reading Chapter 2 of Deresky (2014)  - and then undertake further research. This assignment requires a minimum of 10 resources to be used in supporting your ideas, which are appropriately referenced within the report and in a reference list using APA7th referencing style.

Instruction words prepare report, describe, recommendations
Qualifying words & phrases communication across cultures, MNC operating internationally/foreign country
Key concepts ethical behaviours/behaviors, social responsibility, communication, international operations

Please see your subject outline for more details.

Find additional keywords

Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.

Oxford Reference Online is a huge repository of subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference-type material.

Where to now?

Now that you have your keywords, it's time to start searching. The best place to start is with Primo Search, the library's search tool for finding books, eBooks, articles, journals, videos and more. Look at the Use Primo Search page for more details.

Alternatively use the library databases to search for journal articles. You can find out more in the Use Library Databases section.


Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.

Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.