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Assignment Questions

Global Business

1. The international reserves set aside is one way that countries attempt to maintain financial stability in times of economic turbulence. As such, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) maintains international finance statistics on many developing countries. Using the UNCTAD Handbook, determine the international reserves fro Costa Rica, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nigeria, and South Africa for 2004. Which country has the highest reserves? Which country has the lowest reserves? Do you think these statistics provide any indication as to the level of protection each economy may have in light of unforeseen economic turbulence? Why or why not?

2. Your small firm is an energy provider to a variety of markets in the United States and Canada. As such, you have been assigned to determine the general climate of the energy industry for the coming decades. By combining population data with energy consumption estimations, one can analyze trends in energy use per capita and differences in per capita energy use between countries. BP, one of the world’s largest energy companies, provides an annual report with statistical data on energy trends worldwide. Using the BP Statistical Review of World Energy as reference, find which country consumes the most energy per person. How has energy consumption varied with a growing world population? What does this mean for your firm’s future as an energy provider?

3. You are working for a pontoon manufacturer that is considering expansion to South America. An important determinant of the firm’s market strategy to date, upper management strongly believes that bodies of water are an essential element for a pontoon market to develop. Therefore, by analyzing data on each Latin American country’s ecosystem, your firm should invest in the country with abundant bodies of water. On the basis of management’s single criterion, use the EarthTrends resource published by the World Resources Institute to suggest a South American country that best satisfies top management’s ambition. What are the factors that may encourage the expansion of a private boat market?

4. The participation of women in the labor force varies from one country to another. After finding a report on International Labor Comparison, find information concerning labor force participation rates by gender for France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the United States. For the last year in which data were available for these five countries, develop a ranking based on the level of participation of women in the workforce. Which country had the highest level?
Which had the lowest?

5. According to this textbook, a nation’s immigration policy is a good reference point for examining labor mobility. Using CIA’s World Factbook Website, identify five countries with the highest net immigration rate in Europe.

6. Locate and retrieve the most current ranking of global brands. Identify the criteria that are utilized in these rankings. Which country has considerable representation in the top 100 global brands list? Prepare a short report identifying the countries and industries that possess global brands and the potential reasons for success. Are there any specific industries in which countries represented on the list may have a specialization?

7. Thorough planning is essential to export success. In this respect, pricing for specific markets is one of the critical components for successfully planning a multinational export initiative. One aspect of determining the proper price of your firm’s market offerings in a given market is determining the cost of living in each general location. According to a colleague, a simple way to do this is by locating a report on this subject by the human resource consulting firm Mercer. Considering that your company emphasizes a strategy based on price competitiveness, prepare an executive summary of how to perform an initial pricing analysis for international markets. In addition, which 10 cities worldwide have the highest cost of living?

8. Mercer HR Consulting measures the overall Quality of Living for many cities worldwide. Locate the report and find the cities ranking highest to lowest. Also, provide a brief explanation of what measures are included in determining a city’s quality of living and how multinational corporations can use this information.

9. The text discusses the importance of establishing a good compensation plan for foreign employment. Using the Quarterly Reports for Living Costs Abroad, published by the U.S. department of State, provide a report comparing the cities of Melbourne and Lima.

I have included the following resources for order #A1132697:

1. BP Statistical Review of World Energy (look at Statistical Review 2008) http://www.bp.com/sectiongenericarticle.do?categoryId=9023753&contentId=7044109
2. EarthTrends website http://earthtrends.wri.org/
3. International Labor Comparisons website http://www.dol.gov/asp/media/reports/chartbook/index.htm
4. CIA’s World Factbook website https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
5. Top 100 Global Brands website http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/07/0726_globalbrands/index_01.htm?chan=search
6. Mercer 2008 Cost of Living Survey website http://www.mercer.com/referencecontent.htm?idContent=1095320
7. Mercer 2008 Quality of Living Survey website http://www.mercer.com/qualityofliving?siteLanguage=100
8. Quarterly Reports for Living Costs Abroad (use 2008 results) http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=186&menu_id=81

Thank you for your assistance!

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