The Global Business Environment

Challenges and Responsibilities
Author: Janet Morrison
Publisher: Palgrave
ISBN: 9781137483744
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 486
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The new edition of this bestselling textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the business environment, coherently integrating cross-disciplinary topics from sociology, politics and economics. Truly international in approach the book encourages students to explore multiple perspectives and scenarios to prepare them for the highly globalised business operations of today. Thoroughly updated with topical discussion of both SMEs and large MNCs, a core principle remains the book’s application to business. Enhanced by Janet Morrison’s characteristically clear, authoritative writing style, and an unrivalled range of learning features, the book offers all the tools to support skills development, critical thinking and academic engagement. Ideal for undergraduate and MBA modules on the Business Environment or Business Contexts, the book is also be suitable for International Business modules that aim to offer an introduction to the issues of global economics, in the context of other environments.

The Global Business Environment

Meeting the Challenges
Author: Janet Morrison
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230344372
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 520
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■ How are the emerging economies of China and India affecting the global business environment? ■ What impact has the global financial crisis had on the way businesses operate? ■ How should business leaders in the age of the multinational enterprise approach their social and ethical responsibilities? This bestselling textbook tackles these and many other challenges head on. Combining a clear, thorough introduction to the business environment with a uniquely global perspective, The Global Business Environment covers all you need to know about the rapidly changing context in which businesses operate. Features throughout the book are designed to help you learn, revise and think critically about the global business environment: ■ Case studies: Over 30 case studies invite you to explore how a diverse range of businesses, industries, governments and individuals are meeting the challenges of the contemporary business environment ■ Spotlight on emerging economies: Provides insight into the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China, and their place in the global economy ■ Meet the CEO: Your chance to learn about some of the most influential business leaders in the world, from the CEO of multinational Unilever to the chairman of Mitsubishi ■ Critical thinking: Recurring themes and critical thinking boxes in every chapter encourage debate on key issues from the globalization of industries to environmental sustainability, developing skills that will take you far beyond your business degree Enriched by Janet Morrison's characteristically clear, authoritative writing style and an unrivalled range of learning tools, The Global Business Environment is an invaluable resource for students at any stage of their business lives. Janet Morrison was Senior Lecturer in Strategic and International Management at the Sunderland University Business School, UK. She is also the author of International Business, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 'A very thorough introduction to the global business environment that goes well beyond standard textbooks, and includes a wealth of up-to-date case studies and examples. It will be valuable reading for practitioners and students alike.' – Antje Cockrill, University of Swansea, UK 'This third edition of Janet Morrison's excellent business environment text successfully balances the themes and structures of more general business environment texts with full coverage of the challenges that a global business environment poses to both domestic and multinational enterprises. The Global Business Environment will without doubt continue to be a valuable core text on a range of business environment courses, and I very much look forward to using it with my next cohort of students.' – Johan Lindeque, Queen's University, Belfast, UK 'This is an excellent book providing both students and practitioners with clear insights into the global business environment. Building successfully on the author's previous work it develops a numbers of critical themes which are illustrated by highly relevant and interesting case studies. The material is brought alive by the author's clear writing style.' – Nicholas Perdikis,Aberystwyth University, UK

The International Business Environment

challenges and changes
Author: Ian Brooks,Jamie Weatherston,Graham Wilkinson
Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
ISBN: 027372567X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 376
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This engaging text offers a comprehensive introduction to the global environment that businesses operate in today. It addresses the key issues and institutions within economic, political and legal frameworks, as well as the impacts of social, cultural, technological and environmental developments. Responding to an increasingly international business environment, the book offers a truly global perspective and broad and discursive coverage of the external environment that businesses operate in today. Maintaining a strong business focus throughout, the book offers valuable pedagogical support including exercises and case studies that cover a broad range of organisations from across the world. Regular mini-cases, chapter summaries, references and further reading also aid learning. Now in full colour for the first time, this text offers a clear and well-designed layout, including full-colour maps that enable the reader to visualise the international context and think critically about different perspectives. Aimed at undergraduate students taking an introductory module on the context and environment of business as part of an International Business, Business Studies or Management degree.

The International Business Environment


Author: Leslie Hamilton,Philip Webster
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198704194
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 424
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Will the expansion of the Chinese economy result in job losses in the USA? How can a natural disaster in Japan cause world stock markets to plummet?What impact does the Arab Spring have on the petroleum industry in the Middle East and North Africa?Adopting a clear global perspective, this textbook is an essential introduction to the challenges of the international business environment. The book begins by setting the global context and evaluating the idea of international industries, the world economy, and the threats and opportunities of global markets. The authors then identify the core issues faced by businesses and the dynamic socio-cultural, technological, political, legal, and ecological environments in which they operate. Case studies are sourced from almost every continent in the world, including a wealth of examples from the emerging markets of Africa, South America, and Asia. In addition, each chapter provides a range of learning tools designed to test and develop the reader's understanding. Questions and assignment tasks ensure students can apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios, while full colour diagrams throughout the book illustrate business environment theory and comparative examples with particular clarity.This unique combination of accessible theory, diverse case studies, and reflection points will prepare the reader for academic success and develop the professional skills required to excel in their future global business career. New to this editionNew assignment tasks at the end of every chapter provide real-world scenarios to develop employability skills and apply understanding.New questions in the mini case studies and counterpoint boxes encourage critical thinking and reflection throughout the book.A wealth of new and updated case studies from around the world illustrate the challenges faced by contemporary organizations in regions as diverse as Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States.Updated to reflect developments in the financial, political, legal, and technological environments since the publication of the previous edition, including the Arab Spring, economic sanctions on Russia, and changes in the global banking sector.

International Business

Challenges in a Changing World
Author: Janet Morrison
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 113707339X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 608
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This fresh new text introduces IB from a truly global and contemporary perspective. Packed with case studies drawn from an impressive spectrum of countries, International Business enables students to link theory with practice and encourages critical thinking. Particular emphasis is placed on key issues such as the growing role of SMEs and entrepreneurship in IB, ethics, CSR, corporate governance and global warming.

Global Turning Points

Understanding the Challenges for Business in the 21st Century
Author: Mauro F. Guillén,Emilio Ontiveros
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139577042
Category: Business & Economics
Page: N.A
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The twenty-first century is replete with uncertainty and complexity: game-changing events and trends are transforming the world beyond recognition. For the first time in human history more people live in cities than in the countryside and greater numbers suffer from obesity than from hunger. Emerging economies now represent half of the global economy and during the next few decades India will be the biggest country in terms of population, China the largest in output and the United States the richest among the major economies on a per capita income basis. Food and water shortages will likely become humankind's most important challenge. In this accessible introduction, Mauro Guillén and Emilio Ontiveros deploy the tools of economics, sociology and political science to provide an analytical perspective on both the problems and opportunities facing business in the modern world.

Women, Work, and Globalization

Challenges and Opportunities
Author: Bahira Sherif Trask
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134699468
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 312
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Women increasingly make up a significant percentage of the labor force throughout the world. This transformation is impacting everyone's lives. This book examines the resulting gender role, work, and family issues from a comparative worldwide perspective. Working allows women to earn an income, acquire new skills, and forge social connections. It also brings challenges such as simultaneously managing domestic responsibilities and family relationships. The social, political, and economic implications of this global transformation are explored from an interdisciplinary perspective in this book. The commonalities and the differences of women’s experiences depending on their social class, education, and location in industrialized and developing countries are highlighted throughout. Practical implications are examined including the consequences of these changes for men. Engaging vignettes and case studies from around the world bring the topics to life. The book argues that despite policy reforms and a rhetoric of equality, women still have unique experiences from men both at work and at home. Women, Work, and Globalization explores: Key issues surrounding work and families from a global cross-cultural perspective. The positive and negative experiences of more women in the global workforce. The spread of women’s empowerment on changes in ideologies and behaviors throughout the world. Key literature from family studies, IO, sociology, anthropology, and economics. The changing role of men in the global work-family arena. The impact of sexual trafficking and exploitation, care labor, and transnational migration on women. Best practices and policies that have benefited women, men, and their families. Part 1 reviews the research on gender in the industrialized and developing world, global changes that pertain to women’s gender roles, women’s labor market participation, globalization, and the spread of the women’s movement. Issues that pertain to women in a globalized world including gender socialization, sexual trafficking and exploitation, labor migration and transnational motherhood, and the complexities entailed in care labor are explored in Part 2. Programs and policies that have effectively assisted women are explored in Part 3 including initiatives instituted by NGOs and governments in developing countries and (programs) policies that help women balance work and family in industrialized countries. The book concludes with suggestions for global initiatives that assist women in balancing work and family responsibilities while decreasing their vulnerabilities. Intended as a supplemental text for advanced undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Women/Gender Issues, Work and Family, Gender and Families, Global/International Families, Family Diversity, Multicultural Families, and Urban Sociology taught in psychology, human development and family studies, gender and/or women’s studies, business, sociology, social work, political science, and anthropology. Researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in these fields will also appreciate this thought provoking book.

Red Sky at Morning

America and the Crisis of the Global Environment
Author: James Gustave Speth
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300102321
Category: Science
Page: 299
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Presents an analysis of the worsening global environmental crisis, citing ten contributors to environmental deterioration, including affluence, the American culture and its values, population, and poverty.

Shifting Global Powers and International Law

Challenges and Opportunities
Author: Rowena Maguire,Bridget Lewis,Charles Sampford
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135017492
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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This book explores the impacts of global economic, political and cultural shifts on various international legal frameworks and legal norms. The economic growth of states throughout Asia, South and Central America and Africa is having a profound effect on the dynamics of international relations, with a resulting impact on the operation and development of international law. This book examines the influence of emerging economies on international legal rules, institutions and processes. It describes recent and predicted changes in economic, political and cultural powers, flowing from the growth of emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Russia, and analyses the influence of these changes on various legal frameworks and norms. Expert contributors drawn from a variety of fields, including international law, politics, environmental law, human rights, economics and finance, provide a broad analysis of the nature of the shifting global dynamic in its historical and contemporary contexts, and a range of perspectives on the impact of these changes as they relate to specific regimes and issues, including climate change regulation, collective security, indigenous rights, the rights of women and girls, environmental protection and foreign aid and development. The book provides a fresh and comprehensive analysis of an issue with extensive implications for international law and politics. Shifting Global Powers and International Law will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations; international law; international political economy, human rights; and development.

Understanding Emerging Security Challenges

Threats and Opportunities
Author: Ashok Swain
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415523303
Category: History
Page: 178
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This book offers an overview of emerging security challenges in the global environment in the post-Cold War era. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent shifting of international political environment, a new broader concept of security began to gain acceptance. This concept encompassed socio-economic-environmental challenges, such as resource scarcity and climate change, water-sharing issues, deforestation and forest protection measures, food and health security, and large population migration. The book examines the causes and consequences of these emerging security threats, and retains a critical focus on evolving approaches to address these issues. The author attempts to develop a framework for sustainable security in a rapidly changing global political landscape, which seeks to bring states and societies together in a way that addresses weaknesses of the evolving international system. Moreover, through a detailed analysis of the emerging security issues and their pathways, the book further argues that the evolving processes not only pose critical challenges but also provide remarkable opportunity for cooperation and collaboration among and within various stakeholders. This book will be of much interest to students of global security, war and conflict studies, peace studies and IR in general.

International Business Control, Reporting and Corporate Governance

Global business best practice across cultures, countries and organisations
Author: Georges Nurdin
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN: 9780080942148
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
View: 1959

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This book is designed to help Business Controllers / Accountants / Finance Directors / Bankers / Financial Analysts / Business Consultants to understand that International Business Control is much more than just a business being IFRS and US GAAP compliant, or just an extension of the domestic HQ control system. •Go beyond IFRS and GAAP to see what best practice measures can be put in place to avoid global business failure •Look at the cross-cultural issues surrounding global businesses and be easy to read, understandable and easy to memorize – a practical book for the busy financial and business control manager •Combine case studies of the best global businesses who have wide global practice (eg GE, du Pont de Nemours, Toyota, Siemens, Valéo, Scania, etc.) with advanced academic research

International Political Economy in the 21st Century

Contemporary Issues and Analyses
Author: Roy Smith,Imad El-Anis,Christopher Farrands
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317612736
Category: Political Science
Page: 360
View: 1902

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Understanding of the theories that underpin international political economy (IPE), and their practical applications, is crucial to the study of international relations, politics, development and economics. This is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the field, with an engaging and coherent foundation to the subject. It considers traditional and alternative approaches to IPE, and in doing so elucidates key concepts, assumptions and the intellectual and historical context in which they arose and developed. At all times, it makes clear their relevance to issues from trade, finance and government, to environment, technology, health, labour, security, migration, development and culture. The book encourages independent reflection and critical thinking through a range of in-text guiding features. In addition, each chapter presents theoretical analysis alongside contemporary issues, helping the reader to relate to the real world of IPE and to better understand how theory helps inform interpretation of it. New to this edition: comprehensively updated to include key coverage of the post-2015 framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, the financial crisis and international government responses - successful or otherwise - to recent challenges; fully updated data, reflective questions, recommended readings, concept and example boxes, and illustrations; new chapters on health, migration and labour; additional coverage of trade theories and key contemporary issues, such as national versus human security, economic versus human development and illegal networks in global trade.

Big Business, Big Responsibilities

From Villains to Visionaries: How Companies are Tackling the World's Greatest Challenges
Author: A. Wales,M. Gorman,D. Hope
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230281486
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 184
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Big business is often seen as the villain in terms of the environment or social wellbeing. But some leading businesses are becoming leaders in the fight against climate change and protectors of human rights. This book explains why this is now a core part of strategy and not just philanthropy for these businesses.

International Business

Themes and Issues in the Modern Global Economy
Author: Debra Johnson,Colin Turner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134535619
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 368
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With a challenging new approach to its subject matter, this book addresses international business with globalization as its underlying theme. By illustrating globalization as a phenomenon that is fundamentally altering corporate strategy, this book critiques the complexities of globalization and its impact on international business. By doing so, it is entirely unlike other books on the subject. International Business addresses subjects often neglected by other books, such as MNEs, SMEs and the information economy, while encouraging business students to develop a more international perspective and discard parochial tendencies. With this lucid approach, International Business provides students with an integrated overview of the field that is both theoretical and highly practical. Case-studies include: · aiding the globalization of SMEs: the OECD's Bologna Charter · China and the WTO · the pharmaceutical industry and the developing world · RUGMARK: social labelling in action · the Argentinian financial crisis ·environmental profile of Matsushita Electrical Industrial Company.

The Cultural Dimension of Global Business


Author: Gary P. Ferraro,Elizabeth K. Briody
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315410990
Category: Social Science
Page: 354
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Now in its eighth edition, The Cultural Dimension of Global Business continues to provide an essential foundation for understanding the impact of culture on global business and global business on culture. The highly experienced authors demonstrate how the theory and insights of cultural anthropology can positively influence the conduct of global business, examining a range of issues that individuals and organizations face as they work globally and across cultures. The cross-cultural scenarios presented in each chapter allow students of business, management, and anthropology alike to explore cultural difference while gaining valuable practice in thinking through a variety of complex and thorny cultural issues. The fully updated eighth edition offers: • an expanded focus on organizational activities, with two new chapters that provide greater insight into organizational culture and change, and customer engagement; • fresh case study material with a range of examples drawn from around the world; • further resources via a companion website, including a fully updated Instructor’s Manual and new interactive quiz questions for students.

Challenging the Chip

Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry
Author: Ted Smith,David Allan Sonnenfeld,David N. Pellow
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781592133314
Category: Nature
Page: 357
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A revealing look at the dark side of the electronics industry and global efforts to move it toward greater sustainability and accountability.

Management of International Institutions and NGOs

Frameworks, practices and challenges
Author: Eduardo Missoni,Daniele Alesani
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134580185
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 440
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International Institutions (IIs), International NGOs (INGOs) and Transnational Hybrid Organizations (THOs) play a hugely important role in the modern world economy. Despite having been studied by scholars from a range of disciplines, these organizations have never before been approached from a management perspective. This ambitious book analyzes the management challenges associated with international cooperation and sheds light on how these organizations have evolved as the political, economic and business environments have changed around them. Covering an admirably broad canvas, the authors pursue two main objectives. Firstly, they explore the main management frameworks developed in the context of the corporate and national public/non-profit organizations and adapt them to the specificity of IIs and INGOs. This leads to the identification of a "tailored" approach to IO management based on their institutional and operational settings, stakeholder groups, core business, staff profile, and financial arrangements. Secondly, they "bring theory into practice" by linking frameworks to several case studies and best practices of organizations currently experimenting with management systems and tools, with case studies including the World Bank and the Gates Foundation. This comprehensive textbook is a must-own resource for students and academics involved with studying and working with international organizations.

Sustainable Markets for Sustainable Business

A Global Perspective for Business and Financial Markets
Author: Güler Aras
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317047737
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 306
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Around the world the focus is on the relationship between ethics and governance codes and how widely this should be interpreted. Sustainability has three main accepted dimensions: economic growth, social responsibility, and environmental protection. It is a truly multidimensional and multidisciplinary concept, and one which directly affects the risks and opportunities for markets and businesses. In three distinct parts, Sustainable Markets for Sustainable Business explores the relationship between markets and business and sustainable development, as well as issues such as climate change, pollution, land degradation and biodiversity loss. Firstly the authors, all experts from around the world, consider a variety of theoretical issues concerned with sustainability in the new environment. In Part Two the emphasis is on looking at these issues in the market and business practice under various guises. Although every chapter contains discussion and recommended solutions, the final part specifically focuses on future perspectives and the solution strategies for implementation of sustainability measures. Throughout the book the authors address the need for business and market sustainability reforms. The world's markets have the potential to improve the lives of billions in developing countries, reducing poverty and securing environmental quality for future generations. Often they fail to capture the full value of natural resources or promote the interests of poor people. Therefore, an effective public policy framework is required. Sustainable Markets for Sustainable Business and future titles in the Finance, Governance and Sustainability Series address this need.