April 5, 2016
Why Articles / Cases were Assigned and Underlying Topic
These articles were assigned because they help cultivate an in-depth understanding of
why companies must understand the market they are entering and the need fo
What are the advantages of international M&As compared to other equity-based entry
International M&As provide a key benefit that is absent from other equity-based foreign
market entry modes, such as greenfield ventures or JVs. M&As provide acquirer
1. What is the Base of the Pyramid? Why is it important?
The global economy is often viewed as a pyramid that is broken up into three distinct
sections. The top of the pyramid consists of the Global North and is comprised of developed
nations with per cap
From an institution and resource-based view, why do you believe Alibaba has become the
largest e-commerce firm not only in China, but globally?
From an institution-based view, I believe Alibaba has become the largest global ecommerce firm because the form
1. Why cant Amazons Kindle be made in the US? Is this good or bad, and why?
Amazons Kindle cannot be made in the US because no US-based manufacturer has the
capabilities to do so. US firms lost the ability to make the next generation of high-tech, highval
Walmart Sustainability Case
Wal-Mart is using a sustainable strategy to derive value from many of its different
networks. The use of sustainability management techniques by Wal-Mart has allowed the
company to embrace environmentalism, while still crea
1. What is the current exchange rate between the US dollar and the Chinese yuan?
As of February 2nd, 2016, the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Chinese yuan
2. Which currency is valued higher, the U.S. dollar or the Chinese yuan?
1. What are the two primary political systems around the world? Briefly explain each.
At the most basic level, there are two forms of political systems around the world: democracy
and totalitarianism. A democracy is a system of government in which citizen
1. What is the VRIO framework and what benefits does it have for MNCs?
The VRIO framework is a compliment to a SWOT analysis and tasks managers to
ascertain a firms strengths and weaknesses on an activity-by-activity basis, relative to rivals. The
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Under the Teleological theory, the ethical good of an action is judged by the effect of the action
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Utilitarianism seeks to equalize the benefit to everyone.