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Instructions for Assessment 2 Timed Essay
Answer TWO questions.
The maximum word count per question is 1500 words, excluding references at the end. (University regulations permit +/- 10 %.)
The deadline for submission is 12.00 noon on Friday, December 16th, 2016.
The submission has to be made electronically through Blackboard.
1. Choose a MNE and analyse the companys investments drawing on the three theories of internationalisation (Vernons IPLC, Dunnings OLI paradigm and Johanson and Vahlnes internationalisation process of the firm) as relevant. Discuss the advantages and possible disadvantages of FDI for your chosen host state in this company case and in general.
2. Research the available information about the exit of Home Depot, US retailer, from the Chinese market. Search for basic information on search engines like Google and also for academic discussions about Home Depots case in Google Scholar. Critically analyse the failure of Home Depots internationalisation strategy in Chinese market in light of your knowledge of the international business literature.
3. Compare and contrast the entry mode choices of a developed country MNE and an emerging market country MNE of your choice (either from the module or from the core textbook or from your own reading). Discuss in detail the factors influencing their entry mode decisions from the perspectives of resource-based, industry-based and institutional views.
4. If you are asked to advise a MNE that is going through restructuring of its organisation, what form of organisational structure would you recommend? Explain what factors you would take into consideration that would impact on organisational structure. Justify your arguments for and against different forms of organisational structure. You may want to put it in context by giving company examples.
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