Iscussion Questions (first 2) and the rest will be participation

Alexis,

As you know the first two are discussion questions and the rest which will be posted as they come up will be participation questions, the 1rst discussion question will be due thursday and two participation questions for 4 days.thanks

1.Select either employment discrimination or sexual harassment and discuss its surrounding legal issues. What may managers do to prevent, detect, and remedy legal risk arising from this topic? Relate your comments to relevant laws and legal principles from your readings.

2.Select either employment discrimination or sexual harassment and discuss its surrounding legal issues. What may managers do to prevent, detect, and remedy legal risk arising from this topic? Relate your comments to relevant laws and legal principles from your readings.

3.(Prof)Participation
I am glad you brought up the subject of bribery in the international market. I was hoping someone would bring this up in our discussion this week. As you mentioned, our course reading this week discusses cases of bribery and how some countries are considered Cleaner or saferthan others (Jennings 2006, p.250.)

Class,

In your business dealings, have you experienced that it is easier to transact with the countries that are Cleansuch as Canada, England, Hong Kong, Australia, etc?

4.(prof) participation question
Alice and Class,

The following article seems relevant to our discussion regarding the differences in cultures. Something appropriate here in the US may be illegal in other countries. Yousef Rafayah writes that A Dubai appeals court judge has upheld the verdict against a British couple caught kissing in public.Even with the increase of tourists and expatriates, The breakneck modernization of the sheikdom has also often caused friction with the deeply conservative social and religious identity of the locals.”

When traveling to foreign countries for business, should employers provide employees with training to ensure local customs are not violated which could lead to fines or imprisonment?

Reference:

Rafayah,Yousef (April 2010), Dubai kissing couple face jail as appeal fails. Retrieved from
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5.Allieparticipation question
An issue that businesses often run into in international transactions are an overall difference in culture. While most cultures differ some, there is a large difference between Western and Eastern culture especially. In terms of doing a business transaction, some cultures have different standards for contracts. For example, Japanese culture does not tend to value contracts as much since they are so relationship focused. When most Japanese organizations make a deal, they prefer to take their time and evaluate the people just as much as the company. In most Western culture businesses, there is a lot of focus on timeliness and contractual issues. I have noticed that some of this has changed, but both styles have their positives and negatives. It just goes to show how important it is to research an international company and their business culture and countrys culture.

Another issue that arises in business transactions are tariffs. Many countries have a tariff on imported goods. he amount of tax that is applied to a companys exporting cost can have an affect on whether or not they do business with a company in that particular country. Even though tariffs differ among countries, there are policies in place that prevent countries from charging exporters different costs in order to protect free trade.

6.adam-participation
A general principle that should be adhered to when conducting business in a foreign country is to conduct research on that culture, language, etc. A couple issues that could potentially effect international business practices are social organization as well as non verbal behavior. Social organization is important to understand within a foreign country because there could be instances where dealing with a female, or perhaps a certain age group are not acceptable. It could be seen as offensive to begin negotiations or maybe even just conversation with a certain group by that culture. Nonverbal behavior can also differ internationally. Long silences, body posture, being fidgety, etc. can all possibly convey the wrong messages or perhaps even be seen as offensive in some cultures. Disrespecting a potential business partner or client by not knowing what could potentially be offensive or otherwise within another culture can immediately kill any kind of dealings happening between two parties. It is imperative to be knowledgeable about your surroundings and implement that knowledge into your business relationships