Business Studies in Action: HSC Course 3rd edition

Business Studies in Action: HSC Course 3rd edition
Chapter summaries
Topic 5: Global business
Chapter 22 Managing global business
 There are a number of private and government organisations (Austrade) that offer
assistance with a particular aspect of managing a global business.
1. Financial management of a global business involves methods of payment,
currency exchange fluctuations, credit risks and insurance.
Method of payment and credit risks.
Method of payment
Risk to
Payment in advance
Allows the exporter to receive payment and then
arrange for the goods to be sent. Few importers will
agree to these terms because it exposes them to the
most risk.
Letter of credit
A commitment by the importer’s bank, which promises
to pay the exporter a specified amount when the
documents proving shipment of the goods are
Clean payment
Easiest and quickest method. Occurs when the payment
(clean remittance)
is sent to, but not received by, the exporter before the
goods are transported. Favoured by exporters, but not
so much by importers.
Bills of exchange
A document drawn up by the exporter demanding
payment from the importer at a specified time. Widely
used method and allows the exporter to maintain
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control over the goods until payment is either made or
guaranteed. Two types: bills against payment and
bills against acceptance.
Open credit
Allows the importer to access the goods, with a
promise to repay at a later date.
Hedging reduces the risk of currency fluctuations.
A spot exchange occurs when two parties agree to exchange currency and
finalise a deal immediately. Spot exchange rates: the value of one
currency in another currency on a particular day.
Hedging (natural and financial instrument – derivatives) can be used to
minimise the risk of having to accept an unfavourable exchange rate.
Derivatives are financial instruments that may be used to lessen the risk of
currency fluctuations. There are three main derivatives:
(i) Forward exchange contract: a contract to exchange one currency for
another currency at an agreed exchange rate on a future date.
(ii) Options contract: gives the buyer (option holder) the right, but not the
obligation, to but or sell foreign currency at some time in the future.
(iii) Swap contract: an agreement to exchange currency in the spot market
with an agreement to reverse the transaction in the future.
Insurance: protection against default of payment, product damage and financial
Obtaining finance.
(i) Domestic capital market: Australian banks and financial institutions.
(ii) International capital market: international financial institutions.
(iii) Eurocurrency market: nominating a currency of choice – US dollar,
Deutschmark, British pound, Japanese yen.
2. Marketing management. A global business must modify its marketing plan to suit
overseas markets.
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Market research to determine:
economic capabilities of host country.
market potential for a product.
social, cultural and political features.
Global branding: worldwide use of names, symbols and logos. Helps global
recognition irrespective of language.
A standardised marketing mix can be adopted based on an identical product
being sold worldwide. A differentiated approach uses a customised marketing
plan to suit the host country’s local needs.
3. Operations management. To remain competitive, businesses are forced to find
ways to reduce costs of production and improve their products.
Sourcing decisions are a business’s decisions about whether it should make or
buy the resources that are needed to create its products.
Reasons to make (vertical integration)
Reasons to buy (outsourcing)
Greater control
Greater flexibility
Lower costs
Lower risk
Protect technology
Lower costs
Improve scheduling
Superior technology
Transnational corporations can establish a global web, a network of cost-effective
production sites located around the world usually in low-wage countries.
4. Employment relations management. The quality, quantity and composition of the
available labour force are important considerations.
As a business expands globally it must adapt its organisational structure.
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Businesses may adopt one of three methods to staff overseas operations:
(i) home country: citizens of the TNC’s own country
(ii) host country: citizens of the overseas country
(iii) third country: citizens of neither the home nor host country.
Need for an understanding of the different labour laws, wages and working
conditions between countries. Shortages of skilled labour overcome by recruiting
expatriates. Non-managerial staff are normally host country nationals.
Staffing system: concerned with the selection of employees for particular jobs.
One of three approaches:
(i) Ethnocentric: key management staff are relocated from the home country.
(ii) Polycentric: host country employees are recruited.
(iii) Geocentric: the best employees available are selected irrespective of
Management strategies should be constantly evaluated to determine their degree
of success.
Evaluation involves:
Measure actual performance.
Compare against planned performance and goals.
Take corrective action if performance is unacceptable.
A business should constantly scan the business environment and modify existing
strategies in response to market and technological changes. Example: market
saturation and e-commerce.
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