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Global Issues on technology

-Explain how a company may have to adjust its operations and procedures when doing business in other countries and how the internet policies of some countries may affect a comapany's ability to expand globally.

-Responsibility of managers to implement sudden, drastic organizational changes within their scope of responsibility.

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Cultural awareness is a powerful attribute for managers to possess. Conducting business in other countries may be challenging if management is unaware of acceptable and unacceptable business practices. The United States embodies a plethora of regulations for business transactions; the same is true in various countries. One of the most important adjustments U.S. based organizations must encounter revolves around their ability to communicate effectively on an international platform. It is imperative for management to familiarize themselves with the countries language to alleviate potential language barrier. Another important aspect of international business is to learn cultural etiquette. In Linda Beamer and Iris Varmer's (2001) book Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace, they discuss an instance where Robert Breckenridge from the United States arranged a meeting with Klaus Hartman from Germany. The meeting was about potential expansion in Germany which would allow the company to generate significant revenue. This was Breckenridge's first meeting with German's so he wanted to make a good first impression. He wanted to demonstrate an enthusiastic, outgoing personality. Breckenridge introduced himself in German because Hartman's English was limited. Breckenridge felt as though the conference was going fairly well. He became extremely comfortable and relaxed. Breckenridge was sitting at the conference table. He leaned back in his chair, put his feet up on the table, and puts an additional piece of gum in his mouth. (Remember the scene from the classic movie Casino, where a cowboy put his feet on a gaming table in the casino, and as a result he was kicked out for being disrespectful? Hartman ...

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