Week 2: The International Marketplace: Competition and Rewards - Discussion

Industrialized Versus Developing (graded)

The United States is considered to be an industrialized nation because we have such a high standard of living. Countries with lower standards of living are considered to be emerging or developing nations. What factors prevent developing countries from becoming developed? Why? What are the responsibilities of industrialized nations to developing nations in this regard? Why? What are the responsibilities of businesses in industrialized nations to businesses in developing nations? Are there any? Why? Why not?
Week 3: Business Ethics, Social Responsibility, and The Legal Environment - Discussion

Socially Responsible? (graded)

Will there ever be a single set of international rules governing multinational companies? Why? Why not? In what way are United States businesses demanding socially responsible behavior from their international suppliers? Why is this important to discuss? (graded)
Week 4: Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership - Discussion

A Small Business and Social Media (graded)

You are the owner of a small business that provides repair services to various brands of vacuum cleaner units. Your store is independent in that you aren't affiliated with a particular brand of vacuum cleaner. Based on your education and your newly earned undergraduate degree from DeVry University (but, of course), you’re considering expanding your marketing efforts by using social media. You wish to grow your business and feel that this is one area that might assist with your expansion ideas. Based on this information, discuss the use of social media in such a fashion. Use the following questions to further the discussion. Of course, add other questions as you see fit. Remember, if you provide information from other sources, be sure to cite your sources using APA style as your style guide.

What is your overall goal in using social media? Have you used social media on a personal level? If so, how? Were there any problems? How did you get past the problems?

What is the impact of the use of social media on traditional sales and marketing efforts? Why?

Week 5:Communication: In a Promotional Way, of Course (graded)

How can an organization create a promotional message in such a way that doesn’t sound disingenuous? Why is this important to consider and discuss?
Week 6: Management, Operations, and Motivation - Discussion

Workers and Robots: Fair and Equitable? (graded)

It seems that robots and other machines are replacing workers in a manufacturing facility. On one hand, this allows companies to compete with relatively inexpensive labor from other countries. On the other hand, automation eliminates many jobs. With your course colleagues, discuss this situation. Here are some questions to help start the discussion.

Are you concerned that automation may increase unemployment or underemployment in the United States and around the world? Why? Why not? Is using robotic technology in a factory in the United States a fair and equitable solution to the high cost of human labor? Why? Why not?