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1.The balance between debt and equity varies according to industry. Based on the following table, discuss why certain industries have a higher debt/equity ratio than others. (Bloom’s: application) Average Debt/Equity Ratio by Select Industry Industry Debt/Equity Ratio Automobile Manufacturers 85.0% Computer Hardware 29.6% Electric Utilities 108.8% Health Care Services 66.5% Major Airlines 249.7% (Source: http://www.iclub.com/investing/stock_watch_list_industry.asp ) 2.Discuss your life.
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8. What factors should human resource managers consider when      appraising the performance of an employee working abroad? 9.  Suppose you are working abroad as an expatriate for an MNE. What are      typical components you would expect to have in your compensation     package? .
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1. The World Federation of Exchanges is the organization that represents major stock exchanges around the world. Visit the online portal at: www.world-exchanges.org and use the annual report of the Federation as well as detailed statistics available on individual exchanges to answer the following questions: a. What percentage of the world.
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sExternal Business Environment(How Much Snooping Is Too Much Snooping?) 1.Do you think it is an invasion of privacy for government to want to monitor digital communications?Is it the government’s right to do so? Why or why not? (Bloom’s: evaluation) 2.What political-legal and socio-cultural pressures is RIM dealing with? (Bloom’s: knowledge, comprehension) 3.What might.
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1.You own a grocery store and need to consider whether you will purchase localproduce or import the produce from a foreign market. Outline the advantages and disadvantages of each.What if the foreign-grown produce is cheaper or of better quality?Does consumer demand have any influence on your choice? (Bloom’s: application, analysis) 2.What.
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8. Export customers of a consumer products firm tend to be highly sensitive to price. However, the firm is experiencing substantial price escalation in these markets. What factors may be causing this situation? What can management do to reduce the detrimental impact of international price escalation? 9. What are the most.
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3.It is not unusual to encounter businesses that have streamlined their activities to accommodate ecological factors. The text uses a change in auto sales as an example of how businesses are directly affected by the green movement. Can you think of other examples of businesses that might be forced to.
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1.Consider all of the factors of production: labour, natural resources, capital, entrepreneurs, and technology. Is each of these resources a vital part of the school you attend or the company for which you work? Which factors do you believe are most important to the goods and services provided by your.
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9. What are the major methods for translating foreign-currency denominated financial statements into the financial statements of the parent firm? 10. As an international tax consultant to an MNE, what steps would you take to minimize tax obligations around the world? .
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1. Describe the marketing program elements and how each influences sales and performance in international business. 2. Audrey Corp. has historically adapted its offerings for all its foreign markets, leading to a proliferation of product variations. Explain why Audrey Corp. might want to consider global marketing strategy. What are the benefits.
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2. Sony faces challenges in finding suitable talent for its operations in China and Europe. What steps should it take to ensure it has an adequate pool of international managers and other talent for worldwide operations? What should Sony do to promote global mindsets? What should Sony do to promote global.
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3.  A third-party logistics provider (3PL) provides outsourced or “third party” logistics services to companies for part or all of their distribution activities. Examples include C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Maersk Logistics, and FedEx. Your firm needs to find a 3PL to handle its distribution efforts abroad. Your task is to locate.
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1.  What is international human resource management (IHRM)? Why is it      important to internationalizing firms? What is the role of IHRM in company      strategy? 2.  Under what circumstances would an MNE staff itself with each of parent-      country nationals, host-country nationals, and third-country nationals? 3.  What steps can senior managers take to.
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4. Suppose you had to raise capital to fund international value-adding activities and investment projects. From what types of sources (e.g., stock markets) would you most likely obtain each type of financing? What are financial centers and where are they located? 5.  What are the major tasks involved in managing working.
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2.  Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Unilever are the two leading firms in the consumer products industry for products such as soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent. P&G (www.pg.com) is based in the United States and Unilever (www.unilever.com) is based in Europe. What are the major regional markets of each firm?.
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What Do These Two Businesses Have in Common? 1.Which business sector do you think YouTube operates within?Which business sector do you think Chous’ restaurant operates within?Are these businesses operating in the private, public, or non-profit sector? (Bloom’s: knowledge, comprehension) 2.One business is an eat-in restaurant, while the other is an online video-sharing.
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2. Michael Norton is the president of Liberty Enterprises, a large MNE based in Singapore that makes computers and related peripherals. The firm has many subsidiaries around the world. Demand for Liberty’s products has been growing in Asia and Europe, especially in Indonesia, Japan, France, and Spain. Michael has always.
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1.  Global branding is key to international marketing success. Every year Business Week and Interbrand publish a ranking of the top 100 global brands. The ranking can be accessed by searching the term “global brand” at globalEDGE™, or by entering “global brands scorecard” in a Google search. For this exercise,.
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BIZCHAT:I Can’t Lose Money by Saving, Right? 1.How can you invest and ensure your dollar value isnot eroded away by inflation? (Bloom’s: application) 2.What types of investments can you make that youwould consider sure to appreciate? (Bloom’s: comprehension) 3.Do you think investing helps you to obtain thethings you want in the future or.
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MYBUSINESSLAB RESOURCES & TEACHING TIPS 1.According to The Motley Fool, what do novices need to know before attempting to invest? 2.What specifically does The Motley Fool instruct its user base to do about investing? 3.If you were looking for a low risk investment vehicle, what would be your best alternative? 4.If you were about.
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Do You Prefer To Do Business with Companies You Can Trust? 1.Why is it important for businesses to build trust with consumers?Why is it important that consumers can trust the businesses they buy from? (Bloom’s: comprehension, application) 2.Why would a business want to obtain BBB accreditation?Does this accreditation mean that consumers can.
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: Helping Business Do Business 1.If a US company must pay more for factors of production such as human resources, what is the likely effect on its competitiveness in world markets? 2.Is the equilibrium price for a company’s product likely to be the same in every country? Explain your answer. 3.To which factors.
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3. TEK management attempts to maintain a reasonable ratio of debt to equity. Most firms prefer relatively low levels of debt in their capital structures. Why? What other approaches could TEK use to generate financing for its international operations? What approaches can TEK use to transfer funds within its operations.
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4. Sony has experienced labor relations problems in Indonesia and elsewhere. What strategies should management follow to improve labor relations? What can it do to reduce the number and severity of labor difficulties the firm might face in the future? What can it do to reduce the number and severity of.
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? APPLY YOUR UNDERSTANDING 1. Nissan Motor Co. is Japan’s second-largest automotive company, with annual sales of around US$100 billion. The firm makes Maxima and Sentra cars, Altima and Infiniti upscale sedans, Frontier pickups, and the Xterra and Pathfinder SUVs. A few years ago, Nissan was on the verge of bankruptcy..
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Imagination Is a Factor of Production 1.How important do you think it is for a business to be innovative? Is the newest idea always the best idea? Do you think GE would still be a successful company today if it continued to focus solely on electrical technologies? (Bloom’s: evaluation) 2.Why did Edison.
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OFF THE MARK:The Domestic Diva’s Insider Trading Scandal 1.Why do you think insider trading is illegal? Who does it hurt? (Bloom’s: evaluation) 2.If you had a friend who gave you a tip on stock prices, wouldn’t you use that to manage your investment? How would you determine when this information you’re receiving.
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1.  The cost of living and other lifestyle factors vary considerably around the world. It is critical to develop an appropriate compensation package for managers working abroad. The U.S. Department of State provides information that firms can use to calculate compensation around the world. Prepare a report on the factors.
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? APPLY YOUR UNDERSTANDING 1.  Products must be adapted to accommodate national differences arising from customer preferences and each market’s economic conditions, climate, culture, and language. Think about the following products: packaged flour, swimsuits, textbooks, and automobiles. For each of these products, describe how a firm would need to adapt different.
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Nantucket Nectars: Tom and Tom Partnership 1.Do you think the entrepreneurs’ initial capital investment was large?Where do you think they got the money to start Allserve? (Bloom’s: application) 2.When the entrepreneurs had the new business idea for Nantucket Nectars what factors of production do you think they required? (Bloom’s: knowledge, comprehension) 3.How do.
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: Helping Business Do Business 4.Is a company likely to see more competitors enter a market when supply exceeds demand or when demand exceeds supply? 5.Should the US Department of Commerce, funded by citizens’ tax payments, be providing advice and guidance to US companies that want to profit by doing business in.
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2.  Stryker Corp., a manufacturer of medical devices based in the United States, wishes to establish an assembly facility in France, Germany, or the Netherlands, so that it can better serve its European customers. You have the task of choosing the most appropriate country from the three choices by researching.
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4. How does H&M strike a balance between standardization and adaptation of its marketing program? What advantages does H&M gain from each of standardization and adaptation? What factors drive management to adapt offerings in particular markets? 5. Increasingly, H&M targets emerging markets like China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, often characterized by.
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1.Demographics.Imagine you are starting a new retail clothing business in the city where you attend school. To what demographic area would you market? Think about the following factors: race, ethnicity, gender, age, income, and sexual orientation.Visit http://www.statcan.gc.ca/ to locate reports on the demographic area you are interested in. Do you.
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4.  What are the characteristics of managers adept at working abroad? 5.  In what ways might an employee experience expatriate failure? 6.  What are the major components of training for foreign assignments? 7. What approaches can human resource managers follow to prepare      expatriates for returning home? .
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1.What international financial management tasks should managers handle on a long-term basis? 2.  What are the components of the capital structure in the typical MNE? What about MNEs in Japan? What about a typical firm in your country? 3.From a managerial perspective, what are the advantages and disadvantages of financing obtained from.
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1. Traditionally, Japanese MNEs followed an ethnocentric orientation in international staffing, in which managers from headquarters hold key subsidiary positions. Sony is shifting away from this model. What approach should Sony follow for staffing its subsidiaries? When recruiting expatriates for foreign operations, what characteristics should Sony emphasize to ensure its.
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2.What opportunities and challenges might arise for Canadian businesses (consider small and large firms)? (Bloom’s: synthesis) 3.Will a global marketplace change the way we work, business laws, or the technology required to do business? If so, how? (Bloom’s: synthesis) .
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2.  Office Depot, the supplier of office equipment and supplies, has stores in countries throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Suppose the firm has decided to launch its own line of notebook computers and wants to know how to price them in various markets. What would be the most important.
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? APPLY YOUR UNDERSTANDING 1. Marite Perez is CEO of Havana, Inc., a large manufacturer of high-tech medical equipment, based in North Miami Beach, Florida. The firm makes vital signs monitors, MRIs, X-ray machines, and other equipment for exploratory medical diagnostics. Marite wants to rapidly expand the firm into foreign markets..
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7.  What are the types of currency exposure? Why is currency exposure potentially harmful to the firm’s international operations? How can managers go about forecasting currency exposure? What steps could you take to minimize currency exposure? 8.   Who are the major players involved in foreign-exchange trading? .
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