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Cases in the Environment of Business

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
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

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

"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