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4. Worldwide, protectionism of most goods is declining. Do movies constitute a separate category, or should they be treated like any other good? Given the nature of movies, should a country shield and support its own film industry via protectionism? Are there better ways to maintain and enhance a home-grown.
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1. Most aspects of foreign culture, like language, religion, gender roles, and problem-solving strategies, are hard for the casual observer to understand. In what ways do Hollywood movies affect national culture outside the United States? What aspects of U.S. culture do Hollywood films promote around the world? Can you observe.
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2. Cultural intelligence is a person’s capability to function effectively in situations characterized by cultural diversity. GlobalEDGE™ and other online resources feature cultural intelligence scales. What are the components of cultural intelligence?  Answer the questions on this scale and calculate your score on cultural intelligence. Compare your score to those.
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? APPLY YOUR UNDERSTANDING 1. Focal firms, distribution channel intermediaries, and facilitators each assume a different and critical role in the performance of international business transactions. Think about the degree of interdependency that exists among these groups. What would happen if distribution channel intermediaries could not provide competent services to the.
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3. Various Web sites list cultural blunders or faux pas (false steps) people make in their international interactions. Neglecting to develop relationships (as in “Just sign the contract, I’m in a hurry!”) and making too-casual use of first names (as in “Just call me Bill!”) are examples of such blunders..
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3. A key characteristic of globalization is the increasingly integrated world economy. Multinational enterprises (MNEs) and many nations have a vested interest in maintaining the globalization trend. If the trend were somehow reversed, participants in international business, such as exporters, would likely suffer big economic losses. In many ways, globalization’s.
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3. Ethical Dilemma: You are Vice President of Manufacturing at MicroKey Company, a major producer of computer keyboards with factories in various countries that provide jobs to thousands of local residents. The firm imports many of the raw materials used to manufacture its keyboards abroad. At one of its factories.
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3. Ethical Dilemma: Suppose you work for a multinational firm and are posted to Bogota, Colombia. After renting a house in a posh neighborhood, you hire a full-time maid to perform household chores, a common practice among wealthy Colombians. A colleague at work tells you local maids are typically poor.
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2.  Assume that after graduation you get a job at Kokanee Corporation, an SME that manufactures Italian tile, granite countertops, and other high-quality building materials for residential construction projects. Your boss, Eugenia Kimball, wants to begin exporting Kokanee’s products to foreign markets. Prepare a memo for her in which you.
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3. Your company is about to initiate export activities in a country of your choice. You will need to identify distribution channel intermediaries and freight forwarders to facilitate the distribution and delivery of your products to end users in this country. Visit the Resource Desk and Diagnostic Tools directories of.
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5. What strategies should facilitator companies such as DHL, UPS, and FedEx implement during an economic recession? What steps can they take to ensure their survival, while remaining prepared for the upsurge of new business once the economy improves? Have they overlooked the fast-growing emerging markets? .
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4. Some argue that because ethical standards are lax in many countries, Siemens and other firms must pay bribes in order to obtain new business.  Do you agree with this view?  Stated differently, when doing business around the world, is it generally better to emphasize normativism or relativism?  Justify your.
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1. Ethnologue (www.ethnologue.com/web.asp) is a site that lists the world’s known languages. It is an excellent resource for scholars and others with language interests and contains statistical summaries of the number of language speakers by language size, family, and country. Using Ethnologue, try the following: (a) Visit the “Languages of.
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1. Foreign Policy magazine, together with A.T. Kearney, Inc., prepares an annual Globalization Index (enter “globalization index” at globalEDGE™), which ranks the 20 most globalized nations. The index uses four different dimensions to measure globalization: ? Economic integration with the rest of the world (such as trade and FDI levels) ? Personal.
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1. Visit the government agency or ministry in your country responsible for supporting international business. For example, in the United States, visit the Department of Commerce (www.doc.gov). In Canada, visit Industry Canada (www.ic.gc.ca). In Denmark, visit the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs (www.oem.dk). Identify and describe the most important.
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2. Service sector jobs are increasingly outsourced to lower-cost locations abroad. globalEDGE™ has various resources that detail the nature and location of jobs that have been transferred abroad. Some experts believe that the resulting foreign investment and increased demand in lower-cost countries will cause wages to rise in those countries,.
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1.Describe culture and cross-cultural risk. 2.Distinguish between socialization and acculturation. 3.Explain why culture matters in international business. In what types of contexts can cross-cultural differences cause concerns for managers? .
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3. Hollywood movies are very popular abroad, but foreign films are little viewed in the United States. What factors determine the high demand for Hollywood films? Why are they so popular in Europe, Japan, Latin America, and elsewhere? Why is there such low demand for foreign films in the United.
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2. Visit the Whirlpool Corporation (www.whirlpool.com) and click on “International Sites”. Whirlpool has a complex value chain. Based on the information provided at the Web site, address the following questions: What types of upstream (for example, R&D, sourcing, manufacturing) value-chain activities does Whirlpool perform? What types of downstream value-chain activities.
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