Expatriates and Business

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* Global citizenship is no longer just a nice phrase in the lexicon of rosy futurologists. It is every bit as real and concrete as measurable changes in GNP or trade flows * There is little debate that for executives in large multinational corporations (MNCs) today globalization is a daily reality. Yet most of those executives have not been specifically educated, trained, or groomed to deal with the complexities that are inherent in the globalization of business markets.) * In this destabilized and international context, multinational corporations and their executives face several significant challenges and the new skills to successfully meet these challenges. One of the first issues that an MNC faces is that because it operates in multiple countries, it must deal with multiple sources of sovereign authority. This involves working with different laws and legal systems, or in some cases the lack of systematic legal structures and processes. * Executives in positions at headquarters or in foreign subsidiaries must have the skills to understand the impact of various laws, tariffs, taxes, enforcement practices, overarching legal systems, and be able to work with host government officials in enacting and maintaining reasonable legislation across a wide variety of countries and cultures. * Second, MNCs must also operate in different markets with different cultures, histories, values, social systems, languages, etc., which often require not only product diversification but intra-product differentiationby country. * This requires executives who can analyze these country endowments and form strategy that balances local demands and global priorities. Thus, the current and future business environment demands executives who can work effectively across national and cultural boundaries or can, manage "in a borderless world.' American executives will not…...

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