National Business Environments and Financial System

International Business Practices MGM 355

PART 1 National Business Environments

1,000–1,200 words

You want to launch a business internationally, and you need to choose 3 countries—1 in the Middle East, 1 in Asia, and 1 in Latin America.

  • What are some of the components of these cultures that you need to understand from a business standpoint?
  • How are they different in each country? Specifically, what considerations will be necessary to facilitate collaboration across these cultures? Identify supervisory skills appropriate to respond to your considerations.
  • Can you have a U.S. management style in these countries? In support of your answer, show how various issues would influence the success of multicultural teamwork.
  • How are their economic systems classified? Explain why they are classified as such.
  • After studying these countries, explain whether you should or should not move forward with your business plan.

PART 2 International Financial System

1,500-2,000 words

A regional bank has decided to open an office overseas for serving those businesses that are expanding internationally. Choose a country with a large financial center that you believe would be helpful to your customer base.

  • Discuss some of the challenges you may face in this new environment.
    • What are the cultural, ethnic, social, and educational characteristics?
  • Describe the political and legal systems.
  • How much does the government intervene in the private sector?
    • How will that affect your financial institution?
  • What type of economic system does it have?
    • What is the history of that economic system?
  • How is the country involved in international trade?
    • How does the government get involved in trade issues?
    • Will that help or hurt your financial institution?
  • Will your presence in this country be helpful in your attempts to invest in other developing countries?
  • Is this country involved in any regional integration efforts? How so?
  • Why did you choose this location for your bank?
  • As a manager, what would be your overall assessment about whether you want to pursue opening an office there?
    • Are the financial risks worth taking?
    • Will it be beneficial to all of the stakeholders?

In pursuing this, what type of presence do you think would be best suited to your objectives?

  • How should the plant be financed?
  • Should they hedge foreign exchange or something else? Explain.
  • Identify 3 foreign exchange instruments you would recommend?
  • What, if any, government regulations that would affect earnings and cash flow should they be aware of?
  • Include the need to be aware of inflation and interest rates and how it affects exchange rates.
  • Keep in mind that the country that the plant is in does not necessarily have to be where the financing is done.

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