MegaGlobe Business Solutions

Scenario: You are the CEO of MegaGlobe Business Solutions, a financial consulting corporation based in Chicago that has just recently opened new offices in São Paulo, Brazil and Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. As part of this transition, your employees will now be working collaboratively with employees at these locations to provide financial consulting services in these new markets. To assist with the transition, you will develop an internal leadership blog for your employees that addresses the implications of leading within a culturally-diverse and changing global business environment. This blog should focus on the need to positively adapt to a variety of leadership styles and individual differences within these cultures.

View the videos listed in this week’s classroom materials for ideas about how to effectively lead, motivate, and communicate with your employees about the need to adapt within this changing business environment.

Write a 1,050-word internal leadership blog using the Leadership Blog template, and include the following:

  • Explain the implications of leading within a changing global business environment.
  • Describe the Team Leadership Model and how this relates to your current business practices.
  • Outline positive aspects of gender, diversity, culture, and teamwork that can improve overall business performance.
  • Apply principles of motivational leadership within a variety of diverse cultures.
  • Use at least one image, photo, chart, or graph to deliver a key concept within your blog.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

The following attached template must be completed with the above content being sure to answer all questions.

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global business environment

Use this worksheet as a guide to help you prepare a high quality GENA report.  Read this sheet then read your article again thinking about each question below.

Summary:

Who are the main entities in the story? 

What are the names of the companies, organizations, people or governments involved?

What is the main point of the article?  

What action is being taken by the actors in the article? 

What are the consequences of these actions?

Implications for practice: (Do not paste this listing format into your paper)

Who benefits or loses from these actions? How do they benefit or lose?

Winners:

Losers:

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Implications for theory:3 different implications from the textbook

What Global Business concept might relate to this story?

How does it relate?

NOTE: (Bold-face the concept name) then cite the textbook –Example: cultural relativism (Hill 136)

Relevant Global Business Theories/Concepts (Do not paste this listing format into your paper)

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Future direction:

What do you think will happen in the future and why?

What obstacles do you think the actors might face that were not discussed in the article?

What might other companies or organizations do as a result of this story?

Global Business Environment

Global Business Environment

#1 Theocratic and Secular Totalitarianism (3-4 pages APA), Due Date 1/14/2017

#2 Annotated Bibliography (2 pages APA), Due Date 1/14/2017

#3 The Free-Trade Area of the Americas, Due Date: 1/22/2017

#4 Management in Brazil (2-3 pages APA), Due Date: 1/22/2017

#5 The Gold Standard (3-4 pages APA), Due Date: 1/29/2017

#6 Dynamics of the Global Economy (2-3 pages APA), Due Date: 2/5/2017

#7 Final Research Paper Draft Submission, Due Date: 2/5/2017

#8 Final Research Paper: Global Business (15 pages minimum), Due Date: 2/19/2017

Case Study:

#1 Theocratic and Secular Totalitarianism (3-4 pages APA), Due Date 1/14/2017

A case study is a short description of a real business situation. Analyzing case studies gives you the opportunity to apply those concepts to real business problems. Cases are generally written for several types of analysis. Usually, there is no “right or wrong” answer. Rather, case studies provide a vehicle for you to demonstrate your understanding and ability to apply course concepts. You must use appropriate sources (properly cited) to support your position. Check your analysis by assessing how well it demonstrates your management knowledge. If your answer relies on your impressions of management prior to taking this course, it is likely that the analysis is not your best effort.

Write a paper where you are able to compare and contrast Theocratic and Secular Totalitarianism. Include the differences as well as similarities of these types of Totalitarianism, along with what it is like to do business in Totalitarian countries.

Write the case analysis in 3–4 pages in a Word document. Follow the APA style for writing, editing, and citation of sources.

Final research Paper

#2 Annotated Bibliography (2 pages APA), Due Date 1/14/2017

#7 Final Research Paper Draft Submission, Due Date: 2/5/2017

#8 Final Research Paper: Global Business (15 pages minimum), Due Date: 2/19/2017

In this course, you will prepare and submit a research paper on a topic of your choice and approved by your instructor. This project is an opportunity for you to personalize the concepts you are learning in this course. The topics must be in the field of global business or some application (e.g., an application of course concepts to your work situation; a research paper, using a survey or questionnaire to investigate a concept of interest and value; a detailed review of the literature about a concept from the course). You may consider other options; however, be sure to discuss your ideas with your instructor.

In this module, you will produce an introductory paragraph with your thesis statement and an annotated bibliography for the Final Research Paper.

Thesis Statement:  Generating a thesis statement is perhaps the most important part of the research paper process. It is essential for you to create a strong, defendable thesis statement upon which you will base further research. Include your thesis statement within an introductory paragraph.

Annotated Bibliography:  The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to assist you in developing research analysis skills including critical thinking, writing, and literature research skills. The annotated bibliography should include the following information for each source:

  • Name of the article, including the complete bibliographic citation, using APA format.
  • Summary/abstract of the article – annotation (sometimes it is helpful to ask yourself the following questions in synthesizing the information):
    • Who? (author)
    • What was done? (e.g., an experimental study investigating the interaction of short term memory and attention)
    • How? (was it done)
    • What were the findings? (identify the major ones)
    • Contributions? (New findings, applications, etc.)

Review the complete instructions for the Final Research Paper in Module 8 of the course. To conduct accurate research for the annotated bibliography, consider the following:

  • Research in peer-reviewed journals or other journals that are considered to have reliable information. Do not use sources from the secular press (e.g., Time, Newsweek, or Wikipedia).
  • Identify at least five academic sources, at least three that can be found in the Excelsior Online Library. If you do find something on the World Wide Web, it must be authored and be a reliable source.

The paper must be 2 pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least five scholarly resources (at least three of which can be found in the Excelsior Online Library) other than the textbook to support your claims and sub claims. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page.

FINAL Paper Guidelines:

Follow the format below for your term project report:

  • Title: The title is a concise statement of the subject of the paper.
  • Abstract: The abstract is an “executive overview” of your paper. It should be a 50–100-word summary that would be appropriate to give your instructor so that he or she would know the essence of your project without reading the paper in its entirety.
  • Table of Contents: In this section, list each section of your paper, with the page number. The list should include the following:
  • Tables and Figures if you included more than two; Appendices, if included; Bibliography or reference section listing sources used.
  • Introduction: In this section, state the purpose of the paper in succinct, declarative sentences. Convince your reader that the study will have a practical value and meaning for you, and the study will be based upon the concepts studied in the course.
  • Background and Significance: This section provides further justification of the need for your study. If your project examines a topic drawn from your work, include a description of your work environment, your position in the organization and how your position fits into the organization, both vertically and horizontally.
  • Explain the applicable concepts from the course. If your project is focused on a particular organization, explain how these concepts apply to that organization. What is the organization doing well? Would it benefit by adopting some of the concepts you have been studying?
  • Discussion, Implications and Recommendations: In this section, provide a thorough discussion of your findings and the implications of your study. Be sure to include only the pertinent implications. Also present your recommended action plan. This plan will vary based on the type of project you selected. For example, it may be a personal action plan for you to follow in your present position or a future position, where you would be able you to put the plan into action. If your project is a literature review, then your recommendations may be focused on what issues need further research. Be sure that the recommendations are realistic in terms of the appropriate concepts and, if applicable, the organization you have studied.
  • References: You cannot use your texts as your primary source of information. You must draw on other sources such as websites, business journals, information from an organization, and interviews with individuals. Be sure that you support the information presented with appropriate references. It is important to cite all references and quotes correctly. All sources, including web sites must be referenced in the Bibliography or References list. Follow the APA style.
  • Appendices: Include a separate sheet and title for each appendix.

More Key Points:

Keep in mind that all accepted rules of English composition apply. Papers must be typed or word-processed, be double spaced, and have standard margins (one inch on each side). The length of the paper is not the primary measure of the quality of the paper. A paper of 40–50 pages is probably too long for the purposes of this course.

On the other hand, the purpose of this assignment cannot be properly satisfied in a paper of only five pages! As a guideline, you will probably need about 15 pages to present your research adequately.

Be sure that you cite all references and quotes correctly; all sources used must be referenced in the Bibliography or References section. If you have questions about the format or content of references, discuss it with your instructor.

Research Project

#3 The Free-Trade Area of the Americas, Due Date: 1/22/2017

The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) has a major objective to create the largest free trade area on Earth ranging from the northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, in South America. The FTAA would consist of 34 nations and 830 million consumers, with the possibility that Cuba would eventually enter into the association.

In 1994, the first meeting of the Summit of the Americas took place and formed the basis of the agreement. All the participating nations reaffirmed their commitment to the FTAA at the Second Summit of the Americas four years later. The Third Summit of the Americas in 2001 was confronted by strong protests. The plan of the FTAA will take many years before such an agreement would be realized.

This is a written assignment in essay form. Please follow the APA guidelines and include references that are cited in APA format. Visit the official website of the FTAA (www.alca-ftaa.org) and answer the following questions:

What are the stated reasons why governments across the Americas are pushing for the free trade area?

  • Why do some groups protest implementation of the FTAA?
  • Do you think the FTAA would help living standards in small countries (such as Ecuador and Nicaragua) or be a boon only for the largest nations such as Canada and the United States?
  • Small companies typically have difficulty competing against large multinationals when their governments take part in regional trading blocs. What could governments do to help their small companies compete in such blocs?
  • Do you think sub-regional trading blocs can help small nations strengthen their negotiating positions against large nations?
  • Do you think that very small nations should even participate in regional trade agreements with very large nations? Why or why not?
  • Do you think sub-regional or regional trade agreements cause instability on a sub-regional, regional, or global scale, or do you believe they foster cooperation?
  • After all you’ve read in this chapter about regional trade agreements, what is your assessment of their value? Should their progress continue or be rolled back?

Short Paper

#4 Management in Brazil (2-3 pages APA), Due Date: 1/22/2017

Please accomplish scholarly research on Business Cultural, Business/Management Development and/or Specific Management Styles in Brazil.  Submit a 2-3 page analysis on your research.

Case Study

#5 The Gold Standard (3-4 pages APA), Due Date: 1/29/2017

Address the following in your case study:

  • Analyze and discuss the Bretton Woods Agreement and state what the agreement was for and why it was created. Include any difficulties they faced in getting the society to agree with their proposal.
  • Briefly describe the gold standard evolution and collapse.

Short Paper

#6 Dynamics of the Global Economy (2-3 pages APA), Due Date: 2/5/2017

For many global companies, China represents a highly attractive market in terms of size and growth rate. Yet China ranks lower in terms of economic freedom and higher in political risk than some other countries. Despite these risks, hundreds of companies have established manufacturing operations in China. This is because the Chinese government makes selling in China contingent on a company’s willingness to locate production there. The government wants Chinese companies to learn modern management skills from non-Chinese companies and to acquire technology. Some believe that Western companies are bargaining away important industry knowhow in exchange for sales today by agreeing to such conditions.

Address the following in your short paper:

  • Should companies go along with China’s terms, or should they risk losing sales by refusing to transfer technology?
  • What do you think might be the long-term results of either solution?
  • Include references and follow APA guidelines while citing sources.