Assignment based on a case study of Wal-Mart’s Global Operations

This assignment is based on a case study of Wal-Mart’s global operations. The details of the case are included in the attached articles. Answer following questions by using appropriate theories and the case study materials. 1. Distinguish following international entry modes: acquisitions, greenfield investments, and joint ventures. Outline what factors Wal-Mart needs to consider when choosing between these entry modes? 500 words (25 marks) – Talk about competitiveness, FDI, Multinational enterprises 2. Explain what factors are likely to have attracted Wal-Mart to set up its operations in emerging economies. Use Mexico as the example to support your answer. 400 words (20 marks) – Talk about Greenfield investments and Joint Ventures 3. Compare the risks that Wal-Mart faces as a result of its investments in both developing and developed economies. 600 words (30 marks) – Distinguish between developing & developed countries 4. Discuss the view that the benefits of foreign investment such as that by Wal-Mart in Mexico outweigh the disadvantages. 500 words (25 marks) – Don’t start with Yes/No. Conclusions at the end. And talk about consumer benefits. Case Study Materials 1. Attached article: Leonardo Iacovone et al, ‘The two faces of Wal-Mart in Mexico’. 2. Beata Javorcik et al, ‘Openness and industrial response in a Wal-Mart world: a case study of Mexican soaps, detergents and surfactant producers’, World Economy, vol. 31, no. 12 (December 2008) pp. 1558-80. 3 STRUCTURE OF THE ANSWERS SHOULD BE, 1) Knowledge of the theories – 150 words 2) Analysis of the case – 50 words 3) Application of theories to case (pros & cons) 4) Evaluation/Conclusion Can use diagrams if words are not sufficient. ANALYSIS – SHOULD BE FROM CASE STUDY MATERIALS (CHECK ATTACHED IMAGES OF WORD DOCUMENT’S SCREENSHOTS FOR MARKS SPREADING) EVALUATION – SHOULD ADDRESS REALITY ISSUES (EX: – Trump taking over Obama) PRESENTATION – HARVARD STYLE REFERENCING SHOULD BE IN THE PRESENTATION

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