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Is international trade always good for the economy BBC News

Is international trade always good for the economy BBC News
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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Implications, opportunities and actions for supply chains - YouTube

What will the SDGs mean for buyers and suppliers? Will expectations around responsible sourcing change? How can businesses ensure they are best placed to min...
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  1. What will the SDGs mean for buyers and suppliers? 
  2. Will expectations around responsible sourcing change?
  3. How can businesses ensure they are best placed to minimise risk and maximise opportunities posed by the SDGs?
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Buy Apple: Tim Cook Says Everything Is OK In China

Buy Apple: Tim Cook Says Everything Is OK In China | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Tim Cook made a rare comment on Apple's iPhone business in China to Jim Cramer at CNBC. I believe it is time to buy the stock.
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  1. Explain how the downturn in the Chinese economy will impact on Apple's iPhone sales?
  2. Tim Cook highlights two significant trends that bode well for iPhone sales a) low  LTE penetration and b) a growing middle class within China. Explain how each factor will impact on iPhone sales. 


Further reading 

http://www.extremetech.com/mobile/110711-what-is-lte

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index® | #FDICI15 | A.T. Kearney

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index® | #FDICI15 | A.T. Kearney | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
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  1. How important is foreign direct investment to the UK?
  2. The UK currently has its highest ranking in the confidence tables since 2002.  What do you believe are the factors that respondents to the survey will have considered in arriving at this ranking?
  3. What is the impact of FDI on the balance of payments?
  4. Why do companies choose to invest abroad rather than in their home markets?
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James Ashton: Osborne is taking a brave but fair gamble with his 'Google tax'

James Ashton: Osborne is taking a brave but fair gamble with his 'Google tax' | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
If the last Labour government’s love affair with the City wasn’t fatally damaged by the financial crisis, all of Tony Blair’s good work in wooing the Square Mile money men was killed stone dead in Alistair Darling’s last pre-Budget report as Chancellor. His one-off bonus tax, a levy of 50 per cent on any discretionary payment over £25,000, raked in a  £2.3 billion windfall for the Treasury, which is sure to have preyed on the minds of financiers when the tin was being rattled to support Ed Miliband’s tilt at Downing Street.
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  1. Bearing in mind the OECD is considering changes to the international taxation laws is The Chancellor correct in acting as he has?
  2. What is the role of the OECD?
  3. The article suggests that the proposed changes will bring in only £1.4 billion in extra taxation over the next five years.  Is this worth the risk of companies, such as Google, deciding to invest in other countries rather than the UK?
  4. The article mentions that Matt Brittin, European head of Google, is a non-executive director at Sainsbury.  What is the role of a non-executive director?
  5. What benefit do you believe Mr. Brittin brings to Sainsbury?
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BP axes 300 North Sea oil jobs

BP axes 300 North Sea oil jobs | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Oil giant BP has told staff today that it is shedding 300 positions at its North Sea operation. BP will cut 200 jobs and 100 contractor roles.
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Please also read


http://www.cityam.com/207007/oil-leads-way-living-costs-tumble


http://www.cityam.com/206979/afren-s-reserves-cut-sees-shares-crash-30pc


http://www.cityam.com/206978/engineer-lamprell-s-stock-takes-hit-plummeting-oil-price


http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/i-ll-cut-north-sea-oil-tax-says-george-osborne-1-3657895


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/oilprices/11349433/Sir-Ian-Wood-urges-George-Osborne-to-cut-oil-tax-by-10pc.html


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30835970


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/06/george-osborne-fossil-fuel-energy-environment


http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/go/news/article/1328738/can-george-osborne-save-north-sea-oil/


Questions for discussion


  1. What are the implications of the declining oil price for North Sea oil companies?
  2. What are the implications for the UK of those declining oil prices?
  3. Should the Chancellor change the tax regime to reduce the tax burden on companies operating in the North Sea?  What are the implications should he chose not to do so?
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Uber hitches a ride into Mexico with Carlos Slim

Uber hitches a ride into Mexico with Carlos Slim | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Uber has signed a deal with the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, as the taxi-booking app firm with a likely $40 billion (£25 billion) valuation keeps up its aggressive expansion plans with a move into Latin America.
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Please also read


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/11069904/Uber-banned-across-Germany.html


http://www.standard.co.uk/business/business-news/good-fare-uber-set-for-40-billion-valuation-with-new-funding-round-9884397.html?origin=internalSearch


Questions for discussion


  1. What issues does a company like Uber face when it attempts to expand internationally?
  2. How would you describe the business model operated by Uber?
  3. How sustainable is the business model operated by Uber?
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Diageo lands Tequila Don Julio in exchange for Bushmills whiskey

Diageo lands Tequila Don Julio in exchange for Bushmills whiskey | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
UK drinks giant Diageo has secured a deal with Casa Cuervo, owner of leading tequila brand Jose Cuervo, to acquire full ownership of tequila Don Ju
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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/11/03/diageo-announces-brand-swap-bushmills-whiskey-for-don-julio-tequila/?_r=0


http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-11-04/diageos-tequila-dreams-in-mexico-prompted-brand-swap-with-cuervo


Questions for discussion

  1. What do you believe Diageo expect to achieve from this arrangement?
  2. What do you believe Casa Cuervo expect to achieve from this arrangement?
  3. What are the principal risks that Diageo will face?
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Reckitt Benckiser held back by Brazil and India slip

Reckitt Benckiser held back by Brazil and India slip | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
A sales slowdown in Brazil and India has hurt Dettol and Nurofen maker Reckitt Benckiser and it today warned its full-year results will be at the lower end of targets.
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  1. How might Reckitt Benckiser protect itself from the volatility of some of the markets, such as Brazil, in which it operates?
  2. The article mentions that the company may spin off its pharmaceutical business before the end of the year.  Why might the company do this?
  3. It seems that the company is currently diversified both geographically, Brazil, India, Turkey & Russia, and also in terms of its product portfolio.  Given the choice of focusing the business geographically, or in terms of its product portfolio which would you choose?  Why?
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On top of the world with a global brand

On top of the world with a global brand | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
The internet may be a great enabler of international growth but becoming a global brand takes far more than just getting online
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Questions for discussion

  1. What risks are there for a company when trying to establish a global brand?
  2. Thinking of global brands such as Coke, Nike or IBM what steps do these organisations take to maintain brand value in the eyes of customers?
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BUSS4 - is the internet always good for business?

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Wickes chiefs 'hid black hole'

Wickes chiefs 'hid black hole' | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
A former auditor at Arthur Andersen helped conceal a multi-million pound black hole in the accounts of DIY firm Wickes in the mid-1990s, a court heard yesterday.
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Please also read


http://www.efinancialnews.com/story/2002-08-01/wickes-accounting-scandal-hits-andersen?ea9c8a2de0ee111045601ab04d673622


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/tsco/11125833/Its-time-for-Tesco-to-stock-a-new-brand-of-auditor.html


http://www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2371372/tesco-suspends-execs-and-call-in-auditors-over-overstating-profits


https://www.accountancylive.com/deloitte-investigate-%C2%A3250m-error-tesco-accounts


http://www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2293379/deloitte-hit-with-recordbreaking-gbp14m-mg-rover-fine


As you can see from the series of articles each of the accounting firms called in to check the work of the previous auditors have themselves been less than effective in their auditing roles.


Questions for discussion

  1. Define the term oligopoly
  2. Does this suggest that the oligopoly of the big (now global) accounting firms is a market failure?
  3. To whom do the auditors report?
  4. Do you think that the board of management of the companies being audited have too much power compared to the auditors?
  5. What should the regulators do to solve this issue?
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RBS fires starting gun on $14bn Citizens float

RBS fires starting gun on $14bn Citizens float | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Royal Bank of Scotland has started the process for an initial public offering of its US bank Citizens Financial Group, which is set to value the Rhode Island-based subsidiary at up to $14bn (£9bn).
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  1. The sale of part of Citizens Bank by RBS is expected to raise $4bn if 161 million shares are sold.  The complete disposal is expected by the end of 2016.  What reasons do you think the board of directors have for disposing of this part of the business?
  2. The Citizens Bank failed the ‘stress tests’ set by the Federal Reserve earlier this year.  What is meant by the term ‘stress test’?

“The planned divestment will significantly improve RBS’s capital foundation’. What is meant by this expression?

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IDG Connect – Do Indians Lack Workplace Politeness?

IDG Connect – Do Indians Lack Workplace Politeness? | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
LinkedIn discussion provokes engaged debate amongst Indian leaders
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  1. What implications does the content of the article have for companies wishing to operate in India?
  2. Authors, such as Hofstede, have generalised about the cultural differences between different countries. How useful do you think this is to international organisations?
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Hard Brexit will cost City of London its hub status, warns Bundesbank boss

Hard Brexit will cost City of London its hub status, warns Bundesbank boss | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Passporting rights to operate across EU will be lost if UK does not at least stay within the European Economic Area, says Jens Weidmann
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HTC dropped from main Taiwan stock index after share price fall - BBC News

HTC dropped from main Taiwan stock index after share price fall - BBC News | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Smartphone maker HTC is dropped from the Taiwan TWSE 50 index, hit by losses, tough competition and a 66% slide in its share price this year.
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  1. What is the significance of HTC being dropped from the Taiwan TWSE 50 index?
  2. Why do you think HTC has lost so much of its value in 2015? 
  3. What does this story tell you about the significance of marketing and product innovation in the mobile phone sector?
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Tesco sells South Korea stores for £4bn - BBC News

Tesco sells South Korea stores for £4bn - BBC News | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Tesco sells Homeplus, its South Korean business, for £4.2bn as the troubled supermarket chain seeks to shore up its balance sheet.
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  1. What are the business reasons Tesco has given for the sale of Homeplus?
  2. What are the consequences of holding high levels of debt on a balance sheet?
  3. What other reasons could lead a company to sell off parts of the business?
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What does the Kraft-Heinz Merger Mean for Operations?

What does the Kraft-Heinz Merger Mean for Operations? | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
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http://fortune.com/2015/03/25/kraft-mess-how-heinz-deal-helps/


Questions for discussion


  1. What is the business logic for Heinz in its planned acquisition of Kraft?
  2. It seems as if, over the years, Kraft has grown significantly by acquisition.  For example, the company acquired Cadbury in 2010.  However, one of the articles claims that the majority of international earnings for Kraft come from its Canadian business.  Is acquisition a sensible approach to overseas expansion? 
  3. What other approaches might a company take if it intends to expand into foreign markets?
  4. What advantages and disadvantages are offered by the approaches that you have suggested.
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Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China

Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
A staggering manufacturing system in China has made it possible for Apple and other companies to make devices almost as quickly as they can be dreamed up, but for workers, it can be dangerous.
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Please also watch the videos


http://www.cnet.com/videos/apple-and-the-foxconn-problem/


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04vs348/panorama-apples-broken-promises


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  1. What is meant by CSR?
  2. To what extent do you feel that Apple is responsible for the actions of Foxconn?
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Dismay at Sony film cancellation

Dismay at Sony film cancellation | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Hollywood stars say Sony's cancellation of The Interview, a comedy film about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, is a "victory" for hackers who threatened cinemas.
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Turkish food giant Yildiz buys United Biscuits for £2bn

Turkish food giant Yildiz buys United Biscuits for £2bn | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Turkish food and drinks giant Yildiz won the bidding war for United Biscuits yesterday, offering more than £2bn for the firm and beatin
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http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2014/nov/04/jaffa-cakes-yildiz-british-food-overseas-owners?CMP=twt_gu


Questions for discussion

  1. Why do you believe that Yildiz have chosen to acquire these brands from United Biscuits?
  2. What potential issues do you believe that Yildiz will face after the acquisition?
  3. It seems from the Guardian article that there are many, ‘British’ brands which are now owned organisations which are headquartered overseas.  What issue does this present for the UK government?
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Tech City UK and UCL launch Digital Business Academy

Tech City UK and UCL launch Digital Business Academy | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Government backs online learning platform for anyone wanting to launch, grow or join a digital startup
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Please also read


http://www.wired.com/2013/03/xavier-niel/


Questions for discussion

  1. The two countries seem to be taking a very different approach to developing skills.  Which do you think will be the more effective? 
  2. The entrepreneur, Niel Xavier, has met a lot of resistance to his school, 42.  Why do you think this is?
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Anticipation high on Alibaba’s maiden results - FT.com

Anticipation high on Alibaba’s maiden results - FT.com | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
How do you grow when you are already huge? That is the question analysts and investors will be asking as they tune in for Alibaba’s first quarterly earnings report as a publicly listed company on Tuesday. In September, the Chinese ecommerce company
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Nick Plans Stores in Five Continents | License! Global

Nick Plans Stores in Five Continents | License! Global | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products has teamed with Entertainment Retail Enterprises to create Nickelodeon stores in a variety of international destinations.
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  1. What is meant by the term, ‘brand extension’?
  2. What are the issues that Nickelodeon faces in operating stores in Riyadh, Panama & potentially Riyadh?
  3. What additional issues does the company face in operating globally?
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Netflix arrives in France – but gets poor reception

Netflix arrives in France – but gets poor reception | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Netflix, the self-styled “television of the future”, comes face to face this week with one of the world’s most heavily regulated media markets – not China or Russia, but France.
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  1. It is argued that Netflix is ‘The television of the future’.  What is meant by the term ‘disruptive technology’?

The founder of Netflix has said that one of the largest problems he faces is the strong media regulation in France.  “In Belgium we can show films that are only a year old, In France we have to wait three years.”  Why do France impose stricter rules than Belgium?  Sre they correct to do so?

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EC03 - Does government regulation help maximise economic welfare?  Discuss with reference to Netflix and other businesses. ��

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The Jaeger bombshell: meet the American charged with making women fall back in love with the iconic British brand

The Jaeger bombshell: meet the American charged with making women fall back in love with the iconic British brand | Insights into International Business | Scoop.it
Sheila McKain-Waid’s daughter is her harshest fashion critic. The creative director of Jaeger — the woman charged with making female shoppers fall back in love with the 130-year-old British brand — has “the worst style ever” in the eyes of her nine-year-old.
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  1. Sheila McKain-Wald, the new creative director of Jaeger, is quoted in the article as ‘knowing the Jaeger customer’.  How would you describe the market segment that Jaeger is trying to attract?
  2. How important do you think it is to the brand that manufacturing is being brought back to the UK?  What will be the impact on the cost structure fo the company?
  3. Prior to being appointed creative director. Ms. McKain-Wald has changed the company that she has worked for a number of times.  How important do you think this has been in her being successfully appointed for this post?
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BUSS3 and BUSS4 To what extent can a change of leadership improve a businesses performance? Hint: think Leader? Existing culture? Nature of the market/ product? Plus, timeframe?