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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

July 2005 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Ivey Casebooks Series is a co-publishing partnership between SAGE Publications and the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario. Due to their popularity in more than 60 countries, approximately 200 new cases are added to the Ivey School of Business library each year. Each of the casebooks comes equipped with instructor's resources on CD-ROM. These affordable collections will not only help students connect to real-world situations, but will benefit corporations seeking continued education in the field as well.  

Broadening the scope of environmental forces to a global rather than a domestic context leads to cross-country comparisons that add complexity to the subject matter, enrich analytical theories, and heighten the interest of students. Students gain an appreciation for the many ways in which environmental forces interact, creating a set of risks and opportunities that is unique in each country and that must be evaluated in formulating trade and investment decisions.

Cases in the Environment of Business
offers an outstanding collection of relevant, classroom-tested cases.  In discussing the cases, students will 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. The instructor's resources on CD-ROM includes detailed 6-10 page casenotes for each case, preparation questions for students to review before class, discussion questions, and suggested further readings.

Cases in the Environment of Business
addresses the following five sets of environmental forces:
  • Industry Structure Responses to strategies of customers, suppliers, and competitors, ; dependence of profitability on unique value-added attributesand 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 Labor 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.    

The IVEY Casebook Series
Cases in Business Ethics
Cases in Entrepreneurship
Cases in Gender & Diversity in Organizations
Cases in Operations Management
Cases in Organizational Behavior
Cases in the Environment of Business
Cases in Alliance Management
Mergers and Acquisitions: Text and Cases

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