International business

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**SLIDE KH1**
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (IB)
[Read: Head, Chapter 1, pp. 1-23]
Characterized by firms' activities
in international trade
and/or investment
IB differs from domestic business (DB)
in what?
(1)MARKETS (WORLD VS DOMESTIC), (2)PRODUCTION,
(3)ACCOUNTING/CONTROL ( ----- details below)
WHAT ELSE?
Broadly speaking, there are at least six factors that separate IB from DB (Head).
They are:
(1)Political separation, (2)physical separation, (3)relational separation (e.g. bus.
networks), (4)environmental separation (e.g. climate, natural resources ),
(5)developmental separation, and (6)cultural separation.
In IB, one or more of these separations significantly affect company business (e.g.
possible sources of IB risks). In DB, these are all negligible factors (in most
circumstances).
SPECIFIC ISSUES
(1) Should you sell in global markets? (Where, why/why not?)
GLOBAL MARKETS BRING:
growth, scale economy, technology, competitiveness, .......
Why?
Growth in volume of world merchandise trade and GDP,
2005-13 (Annual % change). Source: WTO
Ratio of world exports of goods and commercial services to
GDP, 1980-2010. Index, 2000=100. Source: IMF. WTO
Thanks to the GATT / WTO(?), world trade has grown massively.
GLOBAL MARKETS BRING
GROWTH (FIGURE 1.1), SCALE ECONOMY, TECHNOLOGY, COMPETITIVENESS, ...
WHY ??
Because of added market size and competition
Who sells globally?
Who doesn't sell globally?
Any correlation with competitiveness?
WHAT MATTERS IN SELLING IN FOREIGN MARKETS ? CULTURE?
Should you modify your products? What should you modify ?
(2) Should you produce / procure globally?
- TI has 50 plants in 19 countries.
-HP's new product development team: members from JAPAN, the US, the UK,
GERMANY work jointly real-time.
-Why ?
WHICH CAR IS THE MOST "AMERICAN"? (All sold in the U.S. market)
MAZDA NAVAJO (sold by Japan’s Mazda Co.)
DODGE STEALTH
(sold by U.S./German Mercedes Chrysler)
MERCURY CAPRI
(sold by U.S. Ford)
GEO PRIZM
(sold by U.S. GM)
FORD TAURUS
(sold by U.S. Ford)
HONDA ACCORD WAGON (sold by Japan’s Honda)
TOTOTA CAMRY (2012) (sold by Japan’s Toyota)
"Domestic (American) content index"
MN-75, DS-28, MC-18, GP-64, FT-100, HAW-65 , TC-(US-made parts:
80%+)
What determines domestic content index?
Jim Lentz, President of Toyota Motor Sales USA, showing 2012 Toyota Camry (over 80% of
parts used are U.S. made). Price: $21,955US (basic model).
THE REASON: where cars (and car parts) are produced
Why produce overseas?
Market proximity, product modification,
foreign technological and production skill, cost, reliability,..
WHERE SHOULD YOU PRODUCE?
Where should you procure your parts/services?
Should you build your factory overseas? (foreign direct investment)
Ability in global networking is a source of firms’ competitiveness
Removal of investment (FDI) and trade barriers would allow firms to develop
global networks according to firms' strategies.
E.G. Shifting marketing/production effort to where growth is globally.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DB AND IB
COUNTRY-SPECIFIC FACTORS: cheap labour, what else?
CULTURE, INSTITUTIONS, LANGUAGE, .. --> NOT A SERIOUS FACTOR IN DB
IMPLICATIONS
-in international marketing, consumer behaviour may differ from DB
-in production, HRM may differ from DB
-standard of living/cost/wages may differ,
but note:
NOT ALL FDI GOES TO LOW WAGE COUNTRIES. (Figure below.)
-Competent firms are able to take advantage of the above differences by
turning them into expanded new opportunities not available from domestic
sources.
NOT ALL FDI GOES TO LOW WAGE COUNTRIES.
-Cheap labour is not always the reason for FDI
-Competent firms are able to take advantage of the above
country-specific differences by turning them into expanded
new opportunities not available from domestic sources.
FDI inflows and outflows, 1999-2007, and 2008 forecast. Source: OECD
Portfolio investment and foreign direct investment.
We'll discuss FDI in depth later in the course.
Some stats: Canada 2011.
Transaction: Canada
(2004)
+ Money in (Bn$)
- Money out (Bn$)
Goods (exports+)
419
446
Services (exports+)
56 (2009)
91 (2009)
Income (receipts+)
38
63
Portfolio (sales+)
82
41
FDI (sales+)
61
68
(3) INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING/TAXATION is problematic.
A FIRM MUST HAVE A HOME COUNTRY despite its business activities
in other countries.
The firm’s home country taxes the firm, but other countries also want to
tax it.
(Note: Tax treaties between countries may or may not exist. Even if they
exist, they often do not completely cancel out double taxation.)
TRANSFER PRICING IS ANOTHER ISSUE.
Can firms maintain many sets of books for international taxation
purposes?
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