New Brand Design, Inc. (NBD), a subsidiary of Colossal Corporation who is
incorporated in Delaware, but maintains a subsidiary and conducts business in Serafini, is
experiencing internal employment issues.
Two Serafini executives, Elena and Viktor, recently
discovered their salaries were much lower and their benefit packages were not as comprehensive
as the other board members with equal qualifications and because of that, threatened lawsuits.
Operations in the United States decided to fire Elena and Viktor and replace them with Michael
and Beth on a five-year contract, but the Serafini government is not granting them work permits,
Elena and Viktor have not yet been terminated.
Even though Serafini is not a democracy and has
no equal pay laws, the CEO wants to know what to do ethically and legally to resolve these
This report will cover the potential cross-cultural differences with the Eastern European
executives, ethical business decision-making, U.S. laws and rights of all involved, and Serafini
laws and rights of all involved.
Understanding cultural differences is crucial when making business decisions.
can affect different aspects of a business and impacts values, priorities, and decisions of
employees in the workplace.
Culture is defined as “the beliefs, values, mid-sets and practices of
a group of people” (UMGC, 2020) who are not born with it, but instead, born into it.
learned perceptions of right and wrong, good and bad, ugly and beautiful that people with
different backgrounds, faiths, education, families, and outlooks teach to others.
As we are in the
process of learning these things, sometimes we can tend to perceive our culture as the standard in
comparison with other cultures around the globe.
Expectations are placed upon others to
perform or behave as we do, even for some of the same reasons we do them.
This way of