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The social and cultural factors that shape and impact international business communication

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This project explores the social and cultural factors that shape and impact international business communication. After selecting a country, you will create a presentation (12 – 15 minutes in length) and brochure or other items that describes the economic, social, political, legal, monetary, communication, and cultural factors necessary to conduct trade in that country. Attention to appropriate communication (verbal, nonverbal, and written) is critical.

Geography:
Identify major geographic features of various countries
Determine the impact of geography on international business, including factors such as climate, time zones, distance, topography, an social-economic-and natural resources
Travel Considerations
Identify the major transportation systems of selected countries
Social and Cultural Influences
Identify distinctive social and cultural factors that affect business activities (e.g. time, workday, workweek, schedules, and holidays)

Analyze how the social, cultural, political, legal, and economic environment of a given country might impact a company doing business in that country
Political Environment
Evaluate how the political environment and geographic location of a given country impact international business
Legal Systems
Describe the challenges that U.S. licensing requirements for exporting products and services present a U.S. company involved in exporting
Discuss legal implications for the ethical conduct of business across national boundaries
Analyze implications of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other regulations
Economic Environment

List characteristics that define the various levels of economic development of countries
Identify how economic issues affect international business activities
Analyze the availability of resources in a country and the economic potential of that country to improve the quality of life of its citizens by engaging in international trade
Discuss the effect of literacy level, technology, natural resource availability, and infrastructure on the level of a company’s economic development
Oral and Written Communication
Identify basic words and phrases in languages used in business throughout the world
In a given language, use words and phrases important to business people
Recognize business challenges related to people speaking various languages
Compare the use of business cards throughout the world
Non-Verbal Communication
Identify cultural differences in food, dress, and social behaviors throughout the world
State examples of non-verbal communication affecting international business relationships and negotiations
Identify major holidays of various cultures, how they are celebrated, and describe their impact on doing business internationally
Recognize gift giving in business relationships and give examples of appropriate and inappropriate gifts for persons
Compare business entertainment in various parts of the world
Compare business protocol of various countries
Model or Demonstrate a Minimum of Three Communication “Items”
Potential URL Resources:
http://www.businessculture.com/ Doing Business in other nations
http://www.executiveplanet.com Guide to International business cultures
http://www.disordered.org/Travel.html Man in a Suitcase travel tips site
http://www.getcustoms.com Getting Through Customs
http://www.internationalist.com/travel/ International travel links
http://lonelyplanet.com/ World guide to travel
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/ Select a specific country to visit
http://www.newspapers.com/country.htm Newspaper links to countries
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html World Factbook
http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/plan_menu.htm Rick Steves’ European travel tips

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