One of the most fascinating features of the global economy is that governments have such…

One of the most fascinating features of the global economy is that governments have such different ideas about what makes for a dynamic business climate, and so do other elements of society. Of course, these ideas and the government policies that go with them shape the threats, opportunities, and hurdles faced by firms at home and abroad. Please complete an 1,800-2,000 word analytical paper that addresses the following question:

In what ways, if at all, will the implementation of Australia’s “Carbon Tax” affect the strategies of firms located in Australia and their domestic and international competitiveness? Use corporate examples from selected industries and countries to support your argument.

Your report will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Word count requirement: 1,800-2,000 words.

Content:1. A clear, informative introduction and well summarised conclusion with the key elements of your argument.

2. Good understanding of different elements of national/international business environments, of how government policies can influence their country’s competitiveness, and what the implications are for firms. 3. Use sufficient and appropriate material and apply relevant concepts/perspectives/theories to effectively support the key points. 4. A clear logical flow between paragraphs and demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon key ideas/issues. 5. Written skills covering the integration of content and literature.

Format:1. Use appropriate academic writing format. Make sure the writing is easy to read but avoid looking like a list of bullet points. This is not a business report. You do not need to write an Executive Summary. A coherent answer to the questions is what the lecturer will be looking for. 2. Attach any relevant appendices to the assignment. 3. Source material should be correctly identified and referenced. APA style of citing references is required.

Useful references

Ball, D., Geringer, J.M.. Minor, M., McNett, J.M. (2012). International business: The challenge of global competition (13th ed.). McGraw-Hill/Irwin. Blackman, C. (1997). Negotiating China case studies and strategies. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. Daniels, John D., Radebaugh, Lee H. & Sullivan, Daniel P. (2010). International business: environments and operations (12th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc. Deresky, Helen, (2004). International management: Management across borders and cultures (5th ed). Pearson Education, Inc. Dowling, P., Liesch, P., Gray, S.J. & Hill, C.W. (2011). International Business: Asia-Pacific Edition, McGraw Hill Australia Pty, Limited, NSW, 2113. Fitzgerald, H. (1998). Cross-cultural communication for the tourism and hospitality industry. Elsternwick: Hospitality Press. Harrison, A. (2010). Business Environment in a global context. Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford ox2 6dp. Hill, Charles W. (2011). International Business: competing in the global marketplace (8th ed.). Sydney: McGraw-Hill Hill, C. W., Cronk, T., & Wichramasekera, R. (2010) Global Business Today: Asia-Pacific Edition (2nd ed.), McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd. NSW, 2113. Trompenaars, F & Hampton-Turner, C. (1997). Riding the waves of culture: Understanding cultural diversity in business. London: Brealey. Verbeke, A. (2010). International Business Strategy: Rethinking the foundations of global corporate success. Cambridge University Press, the Edinburgh building, Cambridge CB2 8RU, UK. Wild, John J., Wild, Kenneth L. & Han, Jerry C.Y. (2005). International business: The challenges of globalization (3rd ed.). Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Recommended Magazines and Journals: Economist Far Eastern Economic Harvard Business Review International Business Review International Business Journal International Marketing Journal of International Business and Economics Pacific Business

Recommended Websites: Australian Bureau of Statistics www.abs.gov.auAustrade www.austrade.gov.auCentral Intelligence Agency www.cia.govFar Eastern Economic Review (replaced with Asian Wall Street Journal website) http://asia.wsj.com/public/page/opinionasia.htmlAustralia Department of Foreign Affair and Trade www.dfat.gov.auGlobal Edge www.globaledge.msu.eduThe Economist www.economist.com

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