1. There are a number of factors that affect the expansion of a multinational firm, including macroeconomic, political, regulatory, cultural, and social. Choose one multinational organization and determine how the factors are similar, and dissimilar, between their host country and one other country in which they operate. Discuss how these factors would affect the management of their operations in a foreign country.
2. Organizations are structured to take advantage of their inherent strengths and also to minimize their inherent weaknesses. For example, an organization may outsource its purchasing functions if they can be accomplished more effectively and efficiently by a private vendor. Evaluate how an organization is structured differently when it operates solely within one country versus one that operates in multiple countries. In particular, discuss the best fit of the multinational firm to its worldwide industry environment and the changing role of central headquarters as an organization expands into other countries.