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W1 Discussion "Company Structure"

Question A

Tell us about yourself so you can meet and greet with other fellow Grantham University students within your course. Include what you believe to be your current knowledge level of this course topic and what you hope to learn before the course is over.

 

Question B

 

Select a company that you know (or can find) something about. List one aspect of that company that has determined its structure. Describe the company and why it depends on this particular aspect.

 

·    Why do you think the structure of the company is important?

 

·    What challenges are presented with each possible structure and why should your company choose a specific structure?

 

·    Does the structure impact growth to international status? Why or why not?

 

W2 Discussion "Local or Standard?"

 

Companies that move into a new country are often faced with a dilemma of adjusting to local practices or enforcing the company’s standard practice. Not all companies and not all countries will come up with the same solution.

 

·    Initial post – research an international company that has faced such a dilemma. Document the dilemma and explain if they adjusted to local or used standard practices (yes, you have to take a stance!). Be sure to cite at least one internet reference for each company to help your peers respond.

 

W3 Discussion "Unions"

 

Unions have been a very important part of the American worker’s history. Research and select one union or employee support organization from a foreign country. 

 

·    Initial Post: Explain your thoughts on why this organization is important and/or unique to that country. Explain two times in history that this organization has aided its workers.

 

W4 Discussion "Values, Norms, and Attitudes"

 

Initial Post - Elaborate on how it would impact you and your family if you were going to work in a foreign country for 18 months or longer. Be sure to name the foreign country and be specific about at least three points of impact.

 

W5 Discussion "Offshore"

 

Offshoring has been a common practice in the past decade, what is a benefit or a pitfall of using off shore workers?

 

·    Initial post – List the company you have selected and state the benefit or pitfall that has impacted this company with the decision to use off shore workers.

 

W6 Discussion "Work Life Balance"

 

Think about how your decision to go back to school has impacted your life, now relate that to our topic of work life balance if you were instead working overseas for two years. 

 

·    Initial post:  What impacts to your own experience of going to school be similar to the impacts of moving to a foreign country?

 

W7 Discussion "Contribution and Needs"

 

Now that your company has relocated you overseas – let’s discuss compensation. How did the company reward you for taking on this assignment? What benefits did you gain or lose?

 

·    Initial post – Since your imaginary boss has relocated you and you negotiated a good deal, how has this move improved your work/life situation? What will happen when you finish your oversea assignment and return to the company headquarters? What factors would make you interested in staying overseas past the end of your assignment? 

 

W8 Discussion "Review and Reflect"

 

We have learned a lot in this course but it is time to tie up all the loose ends!

 

·    Initial post – reflect on your learning in the past few weeks. What have you learned? What questions did that bring up in your mind? Create a list of three items, it can be something you have learned or a question that you have – post these three items, be very descriptive using at least five complete sentences to describe each item.

 

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W2 Discussion "Local or Standard?"

Companies that move into a new country are often faced with a dilemma of adjusting to local practices or enforcing the company’s standard practice. Not all companies and not all countries will come up with the same solution.

 

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