1) What are some of the darker sides (in other words, costs) associated with globalization? How can business leaders make sure that the benefits of their various actions (such as outsourcing) outweigh their drawbacks (such as job losses in developed economies)?
2) Since firms read information posted on competitors’ websites, is it ethical to provide false information on resources and capabilities on corporate websites? Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
3) Worldwide, which countries were the largest recipient and source countries of FDI last year? Why? Will this situation change in five years? Ten years? How about 20 years down the road? Why?
4) Given that most entrepreneurial start-ups fail, why do entrepreneurs start so many new firms? Why are (most) governments interested in promoting more start-ups
5) Entering foreign markets, by definition, means not investing in a firm’s home country. For example, Nissan closed factories in Japan and added a new factory in the United States. GM shut down factories in the United States but kept them open in Europe. What are the ethical dilemmas here? What are your recommendations?
6) In this age of globalization, some gurus argue that all industries are becoming global and that all firms need to adopt a global standardization strategy. Do you agree? Why or why not?
7) Look at Map 4.1 and the current trade routes. Although current routes do not go through the Arctic Ocean, global warming has made some shipping possible there for limited periods. Also, some farming is returning to Arctic areas such as Greenland. Given the area’s natural resources, emerging agriculture and potential new trade routes, make a case for how potential problems in port cities may be at least partially offset with potential benefits from higher temperatures in the Arctic and Arctic Ocean.
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