political and economic environment

  1. In the political and economic environment, what are the four greatest strategic and operational risks reported by global companies? How do political risk and economic risk affect multinational managers’ operational decisions? How can they assess those risks before making a decision?
  2. Firms operating in some countries are exposed to political risks. What are the primary types of political risks? Explain each of them, and provide some examples.
  3. What is e-commerce? What are some of the potential problems and the barriers encountered when establishing a successful global e-business?
  4. What are regional trading blocs? What are the three largest regional trading blocs? What countries are members of each bloc? What are differences and similarities among these three regional trading blocs?
  5. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a controversial subject when determining how the MNCs should function, especially in less developed countries (LDC). Why is it important for a MNC to consider CSR? How do they take action? The level of corporate responsibility ranges from low involvement to high, proactive involvement; explain this. What are examples of controversy related to CSR?
  6. Many criticisms of MNC activities and responsibilities result from host-country relationships. What are the issues that create some resentment?
  7. In attempting to achieve sustainability in their CSR plans, companies may be faced with a dilemma of two often contradictory requirements. What are these contradictions, and how may they be overcome? Provide some examples.
  8. What would be some recommendations for MNCs operating in less developed countries (LDC) to promote a mutually beneficial, long-term, constructive relationship based on CSR and interdependence with the LDC?
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