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The International Business Environment

Third Edition

Leslie Hamilton and Philip Webster

March 2015

ISBN: 9780198704195

448 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

Price: £46.99

This textbook analyses the drivers of globalization and the diverse range of international environments in which businesses operate. Case studies and examples from around the world connect theory to real-world business decisions, in both emerging and developed markets.

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This textbook analyses the drivers of globalization and the diverse range of international environments in which businesses operate. Case studies and examples from around the world connect theory to real-world business decisions, in both emerging and developed markets.

  • Provides a truly global approach with a wealth of real-world examples and case studies from around the world, including extensive coverage of South America, Asia, and Africa.
  • Numerous learning features including counterpoint boxes, learning tasks, assignment tasks, review questions, and full colour diagrams help students to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Stand-alone chapters on corporate social responsibility and the ecological environment offer a contemporary perspective on the emerging challenges faced by business organizations.

New to this edition

  • New assignment tasks at the end of every chapter provide real-world scenarios to develop employability skills and apply understanding.
  • New questions in the mini case studies and counterpoint boxes encourage critical thinking and reflection throughout the book.
  • A wealth of new and updated case studies from around the world illustrate the challenges faced by contemporary organizations in regions as diverse as Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States.
  • Updated to reflect developments in the financial, political, legal, and technological environments since the publication of the previous edition, including the Arab Spring, economic sanctions on Russia, and changes in the global banking sector.

About the Author(s)

Leslie Hamilton, Associate Lecturer (Former Senior Lecturer in Economics and International Business), Leeds Beckett University, and Philip Webster, Associate Lecturer (Former Principal Lecturer in Strategy and Business Analysis), Leeds Beckett University

Leslie Hamilton is currently an associate member of staff at Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University) and holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Hull. He has more than 30 years' experience of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, mostly in the areas of the International Business Environment, and the European Union. At Leeds Business School, Leslie was responsible for developing and leading a large module on the Global Business Context. He has taught in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia, and Spain. Leslie worked for two years in the Netherlands researching the economic and social implications of EU policies towards the regions, and examining issues around migration. His other publications cover a variety of topics including the EU, international business, and the business environment.

Philip Webster is an associate member of staff at Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University). Philip was Director for Undergraduate Studies at Leeds Business School and Principal Lecturer in Business Strategy and International Business. He graduated from the University of Leeds with an MA in Economic Development and worked in financial services and the computing industry before moving into education. Philip has over 30 years' experience of teaching International Business Environment, Business Strategy and Business Ethics, and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has taught mainly in the UK but also in India, Sabah, and Hong Kong and has also worked and lived in Malaysia.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Global Context
    1: Globalization
    2: The Global Economy
    3: Analysing Global Industries
    4: The Global Business Environment
    5: Assessing Country Attractiveness
    Part II: Global Issues
    6: The Socio-cultural Framework
    7: The Technological Framework
    8: The Political Environment
    9: The Legal Environment
    10: The Financial Framework
    11: Corporate Social Responsibility
    12: The Ecological Environment

Reviews

This is a superior textbook. The range of content and the online support are excellent - Dr Craig Duckworth, Senior Lecturer, Business Environment and Economics, Anglia Ruskin University -

Review from previous edition Hamilton and Webster's text is detailed, comprehensive, and informative. The significant number of practical applications and examples is a particular strength and the writing style is of high quality. - Sarah Harper, Queen's University Belfast

This textbook is well written and covers important features and new developments in the international environment in which companies are operating - Professor Michael Goyer, Warwick Business School

Additional Resources

This book is supported by an integrated Online Resource Centre
For students:

- Connect to reliable international business environment resources using chapter-by-chapter web links.
- Develop your research skills by solving web exercises linked to relevant sites and online articles.
- Test your understanding and receive instant feedback with our range of multiple choice questions.
- Re-cap on key terms with our interactive flashcard glossary.
- View a range of video links connected to key topics and ideas from the book.
- Improve your understanding of the financial environment by accessing additional links to financial and economic resources

For registered lecturers:
- Guide class debate with suggested solutions to the review questions.
- Get the most from the end of chapter case studies with guidance and suggested answers.
- Adapt PowerPoint slides for use in your lecture presentations.
- Access additional questions for group tutorial work, exams, and assignments.
- Download the figures and tables from the book to use as hand-outs in class.