The Assignment Brief:
Select one multinational enterprise (MNE) with manufacturing activities from one of the ‘developed countries’. Assume that this MNE wants to enter or has entered already into one of the ‘developing countries’. This MNE can be small, medium, large or very large. This company can be famous or unknown, but the information about this MNE should be publicly available in English. Collect required data about this company from valid sources such as the company’s annual reports, the company’s press release, the company’s website, industry databases, academic case studies, market research reports or news by reliable broadcasters.
This developing country can be small or large from any continent. You are expected to gather data about this developing country from reliable and independent sources such the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and any relevant regional economic blocs that this country is member.
You need to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of doing international trade by this MNE in this developing country by considering the legal, political, and economic effects of:
A) Being a developing country
B) Being or not being member of the WTO
C) Being or not being member of any regional economic bloc
It is expected from you to use any theoretical framework or theoretical discussions that can help you to explan the effects of membership in the WTO, membership in any regional economic bloc, or/and being a developing country on activities of MNEs. So, you need to combine theoretical discussions with the factual data about the chosen developing country and the selected MNE. Every theoretical discussion and every provided information about the country or the company should be supported by relevant referencing (citation) from valid academic, international or the company sources. Thus it is normal to expect citations in every paragraph
The structure of your work has its own mark.
The recommended structure for this assessment is as follow.
Table of Contents: Provide the list of headings and their page number in one separate page from the cover sheet and the introduction.
1. Introduction: In one paragraph say what are you going to discuss in your work. You may mention the list of main headings would be discussed in your work.
2. Background to the chosen company and country: Give some short information about the location, population, and social background of the selected developing country. Also, briefly talk about what your chosen company does and why you selected this company. You may provide some graphs or/and tables to show the company’s market share and position. Indicate in how many countries this company do business.
3. Effects of being a developing country on attractiveness of the country for the MNE:
3.1. Legal advantages and disadvantages of being a developing country for the MNE: What are the legal limitations (disadvantages) and opportunities (advantages) to do international trade by the MNE in this country by considering the fact that this is a developing country? Is the trade-related law in this developing country create less or more opportunities to do business by the MNE?
3.2. Political advantages and disadvantages of being a developing country for the MNE: As a developing country, your chosen country may not be the most democratic or politically stable country. From the MNE’s perspective, what political limitations or opportunities are exist that affect the international trade by this MNE in this country?
3.3. Economic advantages and disadvantages of being a developing country for the MNE: In developing countries there are some economic potential and some economic barriers for any MNES. What are these economic potential and economic barriers in your chosen country?
4. Effects of being (or not being) a member of the WTO on attractiveness of the country:
4.1. Legal advantages and disadvantages of the country’s membership in the WTO for the MNE: Is the membership (or the lack of membership) of this country in the WTO contributed to more supportive or less supportive trade laws? Explain these effects.
4.2. Political advantages and disadvantages of the country’s membership in the WTO for the MNE: Can you find any evidence that the membership (or the lack of membership) of this country in the WTO made the political atmosphere in this country less or more business-friendly for the MNE?
4.3. Economic advantages and disadvantages of the country’s membership in the WTO for the MNE: What are the economic benefits (advantages) or economic harms (disadvantages) of being (or not being) the member of the WTO for this country and for the MNE?
5. Effects of being member of the Regional Economic Bloc on attractiveness of the country:
5.1. Legal advantages and disadvantages of the regional economic bloc for the MNE: Is the membership (or the lack of membership) of this country in any regional economic bloc contributed to more supportive or less supportive trade laws? Explain these effects.
5.2. Political advantages and disadvantages of the regional economic bloc for the MNE: Can you find any evidence that the membership (or the lack of membership) of this country in any regional economic bloc made the political atmosphere in this country less or more business-friendly for the MNE?
5.3. Economic advantages and disadvantages of the regional economic bloc for the MNE: What are the economic benefits (advantages) or economic harms (disadvantages) of being (or not being) the member of any regional economic bloc for this country and for the MNE?
6. Conclusion: Summarise your findings and suggestions in one or two paragraphs.
References: It is mandatory to have a full list of all sources you used directly in your work. Please do not mention the sources that you did not use directly in your work. Referencing should follow the Harvard Referencing system only.
Appendices: It is better not to have any appendices. Every necessary information and discussions should be provided within the main text between the introduction and the conclusion sections. If you really need to have an appendix, remember that the contents in appendix do not have any mark. I will not be reading what you put in this section, appendices. Important Issues:
4. The length of the assignment is 2000 words +- 10% (1800-2200 words). The written words in the coversheet, table of contents, any tables in the main text, references, and appendices would not be considered as part of the 2000 word limit.
5. Try to have at least one citation in every paragraph, for example: According to Porter (1990)
6. Having more than one citation in each paragraph would increase your mark.
7. Having multiple citations would improve your mark. You can have multiple citations if only one opinion or finding is supported or mentioned by more than one scholar (or co-scholars in one publication). For example, if scholars of three separate publications are agree on the importance of supply chains in an organisation’s performance, you can write something like this: Effective supply chains contribute to better performance in every organisation (Aboutalebi, 2016; Smith, 2015; Zhong, 2013).
8. You are expected to use at least 15 different sources in writing your assignment. These sources can be annual reports of the company, essential reading provided on SurreyLearn or any other academic or professional sources. To receive a top mark you should use at least 20 different sources.
9. To receive a top mark you need to use resources beyond lecture notes or the essential readings.
10. Try to have citations from the publications from top academic journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, or Journal of World Business. You can find list of top journals regarding International Trade/Business in the ABS Academic Journal Guide that is available on surreyLearn.
11. Use graphs and tables in your discussions. Tables are great tools to help you compare the advantages and disadvantages. You may use a table with two columns that one column is to discuss the advantages and the other column is to debate regarding the disadvantages.
12. Try going beyond description of theories or the developing country’s legal, political, and economic situation. Analyse and criticise the theories or the developing country’s legal, political, and economic situation by findings their weaknesses.
13. Try not to rely solely on your personal opinion in criticising the theories. Find the criticism made by scholars regarding your mentioned theory, then you can add your perspective to these criticism.
14. Use the Harvard Referencing System correctly.
1. It is recommended to use one of the readable and academic fonts such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman.
2. It is suggested to use fond size 11 for the general body of the text.
3. You might use font size 13 or 14 in bold for main headings.
4. Font size 11 in bold would be suitable for sub-headings.
5. Any default page margins (e.g. 2.54 for all sides or 2 for all sides) would be acceptable.
6. Try to have headings for every tables or graphs in your assignment. Put the heading above the table or the graph.
7. It is recommended to number all table or graph headings.
8. Mention the source of your tables or graphs under the table or graph. If you developed the table or graph just write ‘Source: Developed by the Author for this work’.
9. The recommended line spacing is either 1.5 or 2.