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10.Identify and distinguish among the three common approaches to corporate strategy. 11.Identify and distinguish among the three common approaches to business strategy. 12.What are the basic types of functional strategies most firms use?  Is it likely that some firms have different functional strategies? 1.What are the basic differences between a domestic strategy and.
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2.Evaluate the extent to which there are any bases of relatedness among any of the four existing businesses. 3.Using the criterion your group prefers, select any single business and assume that you will recommend that it be kept and the other three sold. 4.Identify existing competitors for the business you chose to.
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3.Why are brand names an important marketing tool for international business? 4.What are the three basic pricing policies? 5.What are the problems that a firm using market pricing might encounter? 6.What are some of the fundamental issues that must be addressed in international advertising? 7.What is a distribution channel?  What options does an international.
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3.What benefits will Whirlpool gain by broadening the Whirlpool brand name from a North American brand to a global brand? 4.In light of the aggressive responses of Electrolux and Bosh Siemens Hausgerate, should Whirlpool revise or abandon its European strategy? 5.Do you think it is possible to design and sell the same.
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1.Define personality and explain how personality differences affect individual behavior. 2.Explain how attitudes vary across cultures. 3.Discuss the basic perceptual process and note how it differs in different cultures. 4.Explain how attitudes and perception can affect each other. .
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7.Of what importance are rules of origin to international businesses? 8.Why does the MFN principle promote multilateral, rather than bilateral, negotiations among WTO members? 1.Has NAFTA provided new market opportunities for some of the products you identified?  Why or why not? 2.Has NAFTA increased competition from other producers? 3.Have the effects of NAFTA on.
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9.What is the Caribbean Basin Initiative?  What is its goal? 10.What efforts have South American countries made to regionally integrate their economies? 1.Consider the opening case in this chapter.  How has Mexico's success affected the Canadian and U.S. economies? 2.Suppose you are deciding whether to located a factory in China or in Mexico.
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5.Discuss stress and how it varies across cultures. 6.Identify some of the basic issues managers must confront when attempting to motivate employees in different cultures. 7.How do needs and values differ in different cultures? 8.Summarize the steps in the normative model of decision making and relate each to international business. .
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3.Successful implementation of the global and transnational approaches requires high levels of coordination and rapid information flows between corporate headquarters and subsidiaries.  Accordingly, would you expect to find many companies adopting either of these approaches in the nineteenth century? Prior to World War II? Prior to the advent of personal.
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2.Think of two or three personality traits that you believe are especially strong in your culture, and two or three that are especially weak.  Relate these to Hofstede’s cultural dimensions. 3.Assume you have just been transferred by your company to a new facility in a foreign location.  Which of your own.
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3.Given Japan's culture, will the introduction of performance-based compensation schemes create any problems for Nissan in Japan? If so, what is the nature of these problems? Do you have any suggestions for overcoming these problems? 4.Prime Minister Obuchi's comments send a clear signal that Japanese politicians will resist any restructuring of.
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4.What is the global functional design?  What are its strengths and weaknesses? 5.What is the global customer design?  What are its strengths and weaknesses? 6.What is the global matrix design?  What are its strengths and weaknesses? 7.What are the three levels of control in international business? .
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7.How are the components of international strategy (scope of operations, resource deployment, distinctive competence, and synergy) likely to vary across different types of corporate strategy (single-business, related diversification, and unrelated diversification)? 8.The new Disney theme park in Hong Kong opened in 2006.  Develop a list of at least five ways other.
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1.How straightforward or ambiguous was the task of evaluating and ranking the three alternatives? 2. Determine and discuss the degree of agreement or disagreement among the various groups in the class. 1.Grameen Danone is a joint venture among two companies – the non-profit Grameen Group and the for-profit Group Danone SA. What.
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5.How do international strategy formulation and international strategy implementation differ? 6.What are the steps in international strategy formulation?  Are these likely to vary among firms? 7.Identify the four components of an international strategy. 8.Describe the role and importance of distinctive competence in international strategy formulation. 9.What are the three levels of international strategy?  Why.
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10.Identify products you use regularly that are made by international firms that use the three different business strategies. 11.Related and unrelated diversification represent extremes on a continuum.  Discuss why a firm might want to take a mid-range approach to diversification, as opposed to being purely one or the other. 12.What are some.
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4.Describe Pernille Spiers-Lopez’s approach to leadership at IKEA. 1.What benefits will Nissan gain if its procurement of parts is combined with Renault's parts procurement on a global basis? Are there any costs to this change? What problems does Nissan create if it abandons the keiretsu system for purchasing parts? In what.
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8.Why is financial control so important? 9.What are the four basic steps in establishing an international control system? 1.If a new organization starts out with a global perspective, will it necessarily experience any of the initial impacts of international activity on organization design?  Why or why not? 2.Do managers of international firms need.
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1.What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of joint ventures compared to other types of strategic alliances? 2.Assume you are a manager for a large international firm, which has decided to enlist a foreign partner in a strategic alliance and has asked you to be involved in the collaboration.  What effects,.
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1.What advantages does the Tata Group fain from being a conglomerate? 2.What are “institutional voids”? Why might they encourage the conglomerate form of organization in emerging markets? 3.Many corporate takeovers involve the acquiring firm installing their own managers and slashing the payrolls of the acquired firm. Why has Tata chosen to retain.
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6.   What is an R&D consortium? 7.What factors should be considered in selecting a strategic alliance partner? 8.What are the three basic ways of managing a strategic alliance? 9.Under what circumstances a strategic alliance might be undertaken by public and private partners? 10.What are the potential pitfalls of strategic alliances? .
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1.What is international strategic management? 2.What are the three sources of competitive advantage available to international businesses that are not available to purely domestic businesses? 3.Why is it difficult for firms to exploit these three competitive advantages simultaneously? 4.What are the four basic philosophies that guide strategic management in most MNCs? .
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1. How important was the EU’s directive eliminating national telecommunications monopolies by 1998 in shaping Telefónica’s strategy? What would the company look like today if Spain were not a member of the European Union? 2. How important were cultural ties in determining Telefónica’s success in Latin America? 3. Why did Telefónica initially.
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8.What advice would you give to a Japanese, an Australian, and an Italian manager just transferred to the United States? 9.Assume you are leading a team composed of representatives from British, Mexican, Brazilian, and Egyptian subsidiaries of your firm.  The team must make a number of major decisions. a. What guidelines might.
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1.What are the similarities and differences between domestic and international marketing? 2.Identify several products you think could be marketed in a variety of foreign markets with little customization.  Identify other products that would clearly require customization. 3.How do legal, cultural, and economic factors in your home country affect product policy for foreign.
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8.What are some of the similarities and differences between forming a strategic alliance with a firm from the same country and forming one with a firm from a foreign country? 9.Otis Elevator has sought to obtain first-mover advantages by quickly entering emerging markets with the help of local partners.  This strategy.
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6.Should we worry if foreigners sell us goods cheaply? 1.Why have so many governments chosen to subsidize green energy initiatives? Can all of these programs be successful? 2.China has passed the United States as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, which displeases environmentalists concerned about global climate change. China has subsidized its.
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1.How is your group’s organization design similar to and different from those of other groups? 2.What do you see as the biggest advantages and disadvantages of your group’s organization design? 3.What additional information would have made it easier for you to develop a new organization design for Unipro? 1.Identify the basic organization design.
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6.Do you think the three common types of international organizational control are mutually exclusive?  Why or why not? 7.Which form of control system would you most and least prefer for your own work?  Why? 8.Which control techniques are most likely to be tailored to international settings?  Which can be merely extensions of.
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