International BusinesS


Please note that you have to include at least 6 sources and references as follow:
The two core textbook that must be used as reference:
Hill, C. (2010) International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace, 8th ed., McGraw-Hill
Morrison, J. (2006). The International Business Environment, 2nd ed., Palgrave Macmillan.
The other two is also need to be used as a reference:
 Griffin, R. W. and Pustay M. W. (2010) International Business, 5th ed., Pearson-Prentice Hall.

 Peng, M. (2011) Global Strategy. South-Western CENGAGE Learning.

Please do use at least one of the following journals as sources of information:
Journal of International Business Studies  International Business Review
 Management International Review
 Academy of Management Executive
Harvard Business Review
European Management Journal
Multinational Business Review
Please do use at least ONE of therecommended newspapers/magazines are: The Times, International Herald Tribune, Times Magazine, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Fortune.

Brief for the assignment
Students are required to complete an assignment of no more than 2000 words addressing the brief for the assignment (see below). The assignment accounts for 100% of the module assessment.
Assume that you are a researcher working in a multinational company (it is easier if the company is fictional) based in Country A (a developed country), and that you are asked by your chief executive officer (CEO) to write a report on doing international business in Country B (an emerging or developing country). The purpose of this assignment is to help the CEO to decide if the company should engage in trade and/or investment in Country B. You may if you wish make Country A an emerging or developing country and Country B a developed country.
You are strongly advised to choose real countries for Country A and B and a real industry for the firm. You can select any countries and any industry that you wish. It is sensible to select countries and industries for which it is easy to obtain the data that you will need.

Issues to be considered in the report:

1) An analysis of the national institutional systems in Country B with anassessment of how this will affect your selected firm within its industry.
You should keep in mind the national institutional systems in Country A so that you have accounted for the major differences between the systems that the firm operates in from the country you are considering operating in. Discuss the implications for your firm clearly.

2) An outline of the exchange regimes that govern Countries A and B with an assessment of the risks this poses for you firm.
You should highlight measures that may be used to reduce these exchange rate risks.

3) Advise on the type of political risks that the firm may encounter in Country B, and their implications for your firm, and on ways to reduce them, (i.e. risks).

The structure of the essay can be as follow:
Please note that any discussion of the points has to be relevant to your chosen specific firm and industry.
• Executive summary
• table of content
• Introduction
• company profile (country A you choose the country it can be US (or any other developed country and you choose another Country B it must be an emerging or developing country) what they make and why they want to move outside. give a brief of the company. you can make up a company name but the industry must be real one.
• National institutional systems in Country B with anassessment of how this will affect your selected firm within its industry. You have to clearly state the NBS of US and China both in terms of :
• Nature of the state/Role of the state
• Financial institution: is it a credit base (banks) or Capital base (stoke/shares)
• Labor system
• Educational system
• and other aspect mentioned in the core text above + you can use the examples of China and US National systems as the author already talked about it.
• An outline of the exchange regimes that govern Countries A and B with an assessment of the risks this poses for you firm.You should highlight measures that may be used to reduce these exchange rate risks.
• Advise on the type of political risks that the firm may encounter in Country B, and their implications for your firm, and on ways to reduce them, (i.e. risks). implications for your firm, and on ways to reduce them
• Recommendation to the company to consider while entry the country B market (based on the discussed point above) at the end of the report you should come up with clear and well-grounded recommendations for your chosen company on whether it should engage in trade and/or investment in country B.
• conclusion

Guidelines for assignment
Assignments should not exceed the required number of words. Work that exceeds the maximum permitted length will be subject as a penalty to a deduction grade equivalent to the percentage of additional words over the limit. The limit excludes references, diagrams and tables, footnotes, tables of contents and appendices.
Plagiarism is an offence, and, if proved, can lead to serious consequences for the students. Students should not copy what somebody else has published, unless using quotes, acknowledging the author and clearly referencing the publications. They should paraphrase other people’s work, and provide references within the text and in the references pages.
Organisation of the report
One of the challenges of the project is to present a well-written concise management report. Although some students will have had some experience of writing reports, for others it might be a new challenge. The exercise therefore provides an opportunity for some to improve their skills in report writing and others a chance to learn a new skill. It is important that all students pay close attention to the following information and comply with the suggested guidelines.
Organising the material
A good management report is concise, easy to follow and easy to read. Key points should be highlighted and the presentation of material should be such that arguments are clearly development and conclusions drawn.
Headings and sections
Management reports ought to be succinct and clear. Few busy managers are prepared to read discursive documents wherein it is unclear what points are being raised and what critical strands of argument are being explored. Critical to report writing, then, is the use of clear headings and subheadings and the incorporation of short paragraphs, each one expressing a specific strand of thinking. By organising the material in this way, it is easy to follow and enables managers, with limited time on their hands, to identify the main points without having to read every word included in the report.
Numbering helps to orientate readers and, through the provision of a clear contents list, enable easy and rapid selection of material. Although it is possible to sub-divide sections as many times as you wish, it is more usual to restrict numbering to three decimal points (e.g. 2.3.2). Any further divisions deemed necessary can be made using letters (e.g. a), b), c)) or Roman numerals (iii, iv, v etc.)
Headings should be clear and concise and should describe the nature of material discussed. It is not necessary to provide a detailed outline of arguments in the heading.
Referencing and appendices
Students have been asked to prepare a list of references for their report. There is often confusion between references and bibliographies and uncertainty over what should and what should not appear in an appendix. NB There should be no bibliography in the report.
A bibliography is simply a list of material consulted during the research process. Reference lists, on the other hand, relate to those texts that are expressly referred to within the text. For example:
Bloggs (1995) suggests that European managers are ill prepared for managing across cultures within the new European environment.
Managers are thought ill prepared for cross-cultural management within the new Europe (Bloggs, 1995).
should appear in the text, the full reference in the reference list as
Bloggs, J (1995) ‘Cross cultural management in Europe’, European Management Journal, Vol. 1, No. 8, Spring, pp. 207-234.
It is crucial that you reference all sources used in the text of the report. There should only be a reference list at the end of your report. There should not be a bibliography in your report. Every entry in the reference list must be cited in the text of the report.
It is essential that you place any material that you directly quote from published works in quotation marks and put in the page number where the quoted material appears. Quoted material from published work should be referenced as follows “The technological base in most host countries has often been found to be enhanced by direct foreign investment.” (Smith, et al, 2004, p34). Quoted material from Internet sites should be referenced as follows “The evidence from World Bank studies indicates that approximately two hundred million Chinese have been removed from 1$ a day poverty in the period 1990 to 2004” (Jones, 2006, in p45 – access on 12/11/06).
Books and articles that have informed the arguments that you make in your report, but which you do not directly quote, should be referenced as follows – The growth of international trade has been found to increase income inequality in some developing countries (Smith and Smith, 2003; Jones and Jones, 2004) and also to have adversely affected unskilled workers in developed countries (Smith and Jones, 2000; Brown, et al, 2003).
All tables, figures and diagrams that have been taken from published sources must be fully referenced. Any tables, figures and diagrams that have been taken from published sources (that you have modified) should be referenced with the words – based on Smith, et al, 2004, p42.
It is important that your report is not mainly composed of quoted material from published sources. You should only use quoted material to illustrate the points that you make in your report. The report must be your work not mainly a series of quotes from published sources.
It is useful to observe the following guidelines when making decision about using appendices.
. A) If the material is central to the overriding argument, or directly relates to a particular arguments being incorporated in the body of the text, then the material should be included within the text and not put in the appendices.

. B) If the material is deemed of interest to some, if not all, readers and adds to knowledge and understanding, but is not critical to its development, then the material should be included in the appendix.

. C) If you wish to refer to a large volume of data it might be best to put this in appendices and refer to the sections of the appendices in the body of the text of the report. For example, details on definitions of concepts used in your report, large tables of data etc should be placed in an appendix and referred to in the text of the report.

NB Material in Appendices will not count towards the word limit for the assignment. The report should contain the following:
• A short executive summary that in about 200 words highlights what the report is about and the main issues that are raised by the report.

•A table of contents

•An introduction that outlines the background to the report. NB This is different from the executive summary.
•Sections that analyse the issues that the report is asked to consider. These sections should include theoretical and empirical evidence to support the arguments that are made.

•A concluding section that summarises the main arguments and recommendations.

•Reference list

•Any appendices that you have used.


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