If you have personal access to a company with
international operations, try to conduct some interviews and
find out about the personal interactions involved in working
with the organization’s counterparts abroad.
In particular, ask
questions about the nature and level of authority and decision
making in overseas units compared with headquarters.
kinds of conflicts are experienced? What changes would your
Do some research on monitoring and reporting issues
facing an MNC with subsidiaries in (1) a country in Asia, and
(2) a country in South America. Discuss problem areas and
your recommendations to the MNC management as to how to
control potential problems.
. Find out about a foreign company with an IJV in the United
States. Google some articles, email the company for
information, and if possible visit the company and ask
questions. Present your findings on the company’s major
control issues to the class—both at the beginning of the venture
What is the company doing differently in its control
process compared to a typical domestic operation? Are the
control procedures having the desired results? What
recommendations do you have?