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Cases in the Environment of Business
International Perspectives

First Edition
  • David W. Conklin - The Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, Canada


September 2005 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Ivey Casebook Series is a co-publishing partnership between SAGE Publications and the Richard Ivery School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

Cases in the Environment of Business offers an outstanding collection of relevant, classroom-tested cases. In discussing the cases, students participate in managerial decisions in an international context. Most cases deal with a variety of environmental forces, but generally a single set of forces plays a predominant role. In view of this, the cases are divided in accordance with the following themes:

- Industry structure: responses to strategies of customers, suppliers and competitors, dependence of profitability on unique value-added attributes, and the shift of certain activities to low-wage countries;

- Macroeconomic variables: income levels and growth rates, foreign exchange rates, inflation rates, interest rates, and unemployment rates;

- Political variables: regulations, financial incentives, taxation, foreign investment restrictions, and international trade and investment agreements;

- Societal variables: labour and environmental practices, ethics, corporate social responsibility, Boards of Directors, and demographics;

- Technological variables: technological infrastructure and the pace and direction of technological changes, including in particular the Internet and e-business.

Paul W. Beamish
Introduction to the Ivey Casebook Series
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
1. The Dependence of Profitability on Industry Structure
Samsung and the Theme Park Industry in Korea

 
PharmaPlus in Hungary

 
Singapore International Air Lines: Preparing for Turbulence Ahead

 
Swatch and the Global Watch Industry

 
Whirlpool Corporation's Global Strategy

 
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.: Dominating Global Retailing

 
The Global Branding of Stella Artois

 
 
2. Understanding and Managing Macroeconomic Risks
A Global Manager's Guide to Currency Risk Management

 
Chauvco Resources Ltd: The Argentina Decisions

 
Crisis in Japan

 
Procter & Gamble in Eastern Europe (A)

 
Bank Vozrozhdeniye (V.Bank)

 
ING and Global Financial Integration

 
 
3. Managing Within Alternative Government Structures
Mekong Corporation and the Viet Nam Motor Vehicle Industry

 
Thai Telecoms in the New Economy: Privatization & Liberalization

 
Lucent in India

 
Citigroup in Post-WTO China

 
Point Lisas Industrial Estate: Trinidad

 
Dell's Dilemma in Brazil: Negotiating at the State Level

 
Enron and the Dabhol Power Company

 
Bombardier Versus Embraer: Charges of Unfair Competition

 
 
4. Responding to Societal Forces
John McCulloch--United Beef Packers

 
NES China: Business Ethics (A)

 
NES China: Business Ethics (B)

 
Textron Ltd.

 
Note on the Pollution Problem in the Mexico-U.S. Border Region

 
Planet Starbucks (A)

 
Siam Canadian Foods Co., Ltd.

 
Royal Trustco

 
 
5. Investment Decisions in the Context of Technological Changes
Privatizing Poland's Telecom Industry: Opportunities and Challenges in the New Economy and E-Business

 
Malaysia's Multimedia Development Corporation

 
Global Warming and the Kyoto Protocol: Implications for Business

 
Enron Wind Corporation: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century

 
Eurograin (Philippines) and Hybrid Corn

 
Shire Pharmaceuticals Group's Acquisition of BioChem Pharma: Broadening Product Portfolio and Achieving Economies of Scale in Pharmaceuticals

 
 
6. Integrative Cases
GM in China

 
Intel's Site Selection Decision in Latin America

 
The Acer Group's China Manufacturing Decision

 
 
References
 
About the Editor

"Conklin has compiled an excellent selection from the case library of the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, the world’s second-largest collection of business cases written by professors. . . . Cases are clearly written with tables, graphs, income statements, balance sheets, and suggested readings within most cases. . . . Highly recommended."

D.W. Huffmire
Emritus, University of Connecticut
CHOICE

"The highlight of the book is its diversity and breadth. The cases are chosen from a variety of industries . . . The key differentiating features of this book are the holistic perspective that it provides on the business environment and the different country contexts that it presents."

Tillai Rajan A.
Imstitute of Technology Madras