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The International Business Environment 4e

Fourth Edition

Leslie Hamilton and Philip Webster

Publication Date - February 2019

ISBN: 9780198804291

488 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock


In this versatile and engaging textbook the authors integrate diverse, global examples with coverage of all key topics to produce the most practical and multi-perspective international business environment textbook.

Case studies on Google, Oxfam, and Netflix, as well as coverage of the latest developments in globalization, Trump's presidency, and emerging markets showcase the realities of business today and ensure students have the grounding they need to effectively explore and analyse the issues facing organizations globally.

Students are supported in their learning with chapter summaries, diagrams, and a comprehensive glossary, but also challenged by counterpoint boxes, learning tasks, and review questions in every chapter, encouraging critical thinking and research skills.

Even with its comprehensive breadth of coverage, The International Business Environment remains concise and accessible through use of the PESTLE framework to steer its analysis. Now in its fourth edition, this book is the ideal companion to any international business environment course.

This book is accompanied by a range of supporting online resources:

For students:
Multiple-choice questions
A glossary
Library of video links
Web exercises
Web links
Additional economic resources

For lecturers
PowerPoint slides
Answers to review questions
Answers to case study questions
Extended case studies
Figures and tables from the book

New to this Edition

  • An extensive refresh of case studies across the book ensures that the most contemporary developments in global businesses are available for exploration and analysis. These include the exploits of companies like Google, Netflix, Uber, and Apple, as well as international developments such as Brexit, the Trump presidency, China's One Belt One Road project, and Saudi Arabian women's rights.
  • New contributors join the author team to offer their relevant expertise on the different contexts of the international business environment.
  • Figures, tables, and statistics have been updated throughout to give the latest picture and provide the most up-to-date analysis.


  • With more case studies than any other international business environment textbook, this is the most practical and credible introduction to the subject.
  • Provides a truly global approach with case studies and coverage from almost every continent, illustrating the theories at work and in practice across the world.
  • Varied learning features, including counterpoint boxes, learning tasks, review questions, and diagrams, ensure that students are adequately supported and challenged to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

About the Author(s)

Leslie Hamilton, Associate Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University,Philip Webster, Associate Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University

Table of Contents

    Part One: Global Context
    1. Globalization, Leslie Hamilton
    2. The Global Economy, Steve Gregory
    3. Analysing Global Industries, Leslie Hamilton
    4. The Global Business Environment, Leslie Hamilton
    5. Corporate Social Responsibility, Philip Webster
    6. Assessing Country Attractiveness, Philip Webster
    Part Two: Global Issues
    7. The Social-Cultural Framework, Leslie Hamilton
    8. The Technological Framework, John Bratton and Kirsteen Grant
    9. The Political Environment, Neil Barnett
    10. The Legal Environment, Leslie Hamilton
    11. The Financial Framework, Leslie Hamilton
    12. The Ecological Environment, Dorron Otter

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