Latin America and Foreign Investors

Latin America and Foreign Investors Latin America and its Challenges for Foreign Investors In Multinationals in Latin America Robert Grosse establishes for himself the task of indicating why business operations in Latin America must not be approached from either an Americanized or Europeanized base of assumptions. He vehemently argues against the sloppy use of theoretical models which have not been customized to the specific problems and challenges of Latin America's business practices. Gross indicates that his book is meant as a survey of the activities of multinational enterprises (MNEs). However, he stipulates that in his research he is laboring to present a more comprehensive analysis of the various types of…
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Issue of Privitization

Issue of Privitization In the article "Contracting Out: Who Wins?" (1996), the unnamed author critiques the issue of privatization, noting that private contractors urge policymakers to believe that contracting can save money, though often this proves not to be the case. Of course, private contractors have a stake in this issue as they are the ones who are seeking those contracts. The author says that when a fair comparison is made, private vendors often cost the same as the in-house provider. For one thing, private vendors must pay taxes, licensing fees, labor costs, administrative overhead, insurance, and other business expenses and still earn profits, so cost savings are hard to…
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Kentucky Hemp

Kentucky Hemp One day in the near future the paper on which this report is written may be manufactured from Kentucky grown hemp. Industrial hemp is not the same variety as illegal hemp (marijuana) and it usually contains only trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), “A plant cultivated for marijuana may have 3 to 20 percent THC content. Industrial hemp is generally regulated at a THC level of 0.3%” (Fact 1). America used to have a thriving hemp industry in the 18th and 19th century before the federal government banned the crop in 1937, and the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper with hemp advocates like George Washington exclaiming,…
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A Financial Analysis of Wendy’s International

A Financial Analysis of Wendy's International A FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF WENDY'S INTERNATIONAL USING MCDONALD'S CORPORATION AS A BENCHMARK A financial analysis of Wendy's International Corporation was performed. The results of this analysis are summarized in this section, and the complete results of the analysis are presented in a series of appendices. The McDonald's Corporation, the industry leader in the fast food segment of the restaurant industry, was used as the benchmark firm for purposes of a comparative analysis of Wendy's performance in 1998. Wendy's, at the close of 1998, was in a strong financial position, as indicated in Appendix A-2. The corporation made better use of its assets in 1998…
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Analysis of Kmart

Analysis of Kmart The purpose of this report is to answer a series of questions regarding the status of Kmart, a ubiquitous American discounter that has fallen on hard times in recent years. Yue (Summer slump getsa, 2002) reported that this Troy, Michigan-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on January 22, 2002. Kmart shoppers and employees and industry experts are divided on the question of why sales are not higher despite efforts to improve the firm's image, merchandising, inventory programs, and store design. Kmart, despite its current financial situation, is the nation's number two discounter, behind competitor Wal-Mart and slightly ahead of Target (Target's aima, 2002). For many…
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NIGERIAN HOECHST LIMITED

NIGERIAN HOECHST LIMITED NIGERIAN HOECHST LIMITED - CASE 15: INTERNATIONAL MARKETING ANALYSIS Introduction: Is Hoechst Ready for International Marketing? The time of this case is the early-1980s. Hoechst A.G. is a well established chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturer located in West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany prior to German unification). This paper is concerned primarily with the Pharmaceutical Division of the company. With respect to this case, it is somewhat off the point to question the readiness of Hoechst A.G. for international marketing, because the company, as of 1981: Derived 65 percent of total revenues from sales outside of West Germany, A roughly comparable of the total revenues of the Pharmaceutical…
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Analysis of Apple Computer

Analysis of Apple Computer 1. Problems within the company (Beers quotes) 2. Disillusionment of managers (Harvard Business School Case Study) 2. Decisions made on company vision, not customer desires 1. Should Jobs be blamed for bad management, since nothing in his background suggests that he even likes people? Apple Computer was founded in the early 1980s by Steve Jobs, who created an alternative operating system for a hard disc that used a graphical interface rather than the less user-friendly DOS systems invented and marketed by Bill Gates. The two operating systems compete head to head, although the market penetration of Apple is considerably smaller than that of the computers based…
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The Functions of Eurobonds and Eurodollars

The Functions of Eurobonds and Eurodollars The Functions of Eurobonds and Eurodollars A Eurodollar is a U.S. dollar deposited in a banking office outside the United States, (Funding global finance, 199). A Eurodollar is basically a product on the wholesale market of bank funds. "The bank does not have to be a foreign bank; it may be a an overseas branch of a U.S. bank." (Funding global finance, 199). There are several fundamental differences between a U.S. dollar and a Eurodollar. All Eurodollar deposits are for a fixed term, anywhere from one day to as long as five years. This is the same situation as with foreign exchange rate transactions…
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U.S. International Economic Policy

U.S. International Economic Policy Modelski, George. "Long Cycles and the Strategy of U.S. International Economic Policy." In Avia, William P., and Rapen, David. (Eds.). America in A Changing World Political Economy. New York: Longman Publishers, 1982, 97116. Modelski (1982, p. 97) contended that, in the modern world system, political and economic processes are linked in a model of alternating innovations. In this model, the political process is viewed by Modelski (1982, p. 97) as the dependency of the world political system on the rise of world powers. Similarly, the economic process is viewed in the model as the dependency international economic system on the formation of lead economics. The alternating…
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Entering the Chinese Consumer Market

Entering the Chinese Consumer Market Entering the Chinese Consumer Market: Problems and Prospects Entering the Chinese consumer market may be risky but ultimately lucrative. With Hong Kong coming back under Chinese control in June of 1997, the Chinese consumer market is bound to experience some ups and downs. In depth understanding of not only the economy, but also the cultural and political terrain will be the mandatory for interested foreign investors. The advance of foreign capital into Chinese retail markets is bound to cause changes those markets. The Chinese entrepreneurial experience lags behind more Western consumer driven economies. Until recently, Chinese demand for consumer goods outstripped supply. Producers would focus…
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