The Global Business Environment

Meeting the Challenges, third edition

by Janet Morrison

Chapter 7 resources

Student materials

Learning objectives:

  1. To appreciate the characteristics of nation-states and how they are evolving in the global environment
  2. To gain an understanding of political decision-making structures in different national systems, and how they interact with business
  3. To appreciate the dimensions of political risk in business decision-making
  4. To assess the extent to which democracy and authoritarian governments are evolving in the current global environment.

Additional case studies:

Formula for FDI success in the Czech Republic
FDI has been a key to economic growth in the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. This case study on the Czech Republic is relevant to Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 7.

Testing times for democracy in Nigeria
This case study is on political developments in Nigeria, and also CSR. It relates mainly to Chapter 7 (on the political environment), but also Chapter 12 (on ethics and CSR).

Challenging times for Spain’s politicians
Challenges have mounted for Spain, and this case study provides background on current issues. It relates to Chapter 7. The issues of globalization also relate to Chapter 2.

The voices of Indian democracy
Although India has experienced rapid economic growth, the country remains turbulent politically, and presents challenges for foreign investors. This case study relates mainly to Chapter 7, but also to Chapters 2 and 6.

Fiat: Italian champion struggles to compete globally
This extended case study provides background analysis of Fiat and the Italian political environment. It is relevant to Chapter 7.

Costa Rican democracy reaps FDI rewards
This case study focuses on the political environment in Costa Rica, especially in relation to foreign investors. It relates to Chapter 7 and is also relevant to Chapter 2 and Chapter 12.

Legal reforms win business in Turkey
Since this case study first appeared, Turkey has experienced economic growth and surging FDI. This case study is most relevant to Chapter 8 (the legal environment), but also Chapters 6 and 7.