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Chapter 10: Managing Political Risk, Government Relations and Alliances<br />Kevin, Kristen, Daniel and Joseph<br />
Main Questions<br />What types of political risk would a company entering Russia face? France?  Identify and describe thre...
Political Risk<br />Political risk: the unanticipated likelihood that a business’s foreign investment will be constrained ...
Russia vs. France<br />Russia has had trouble transitioning to a market driven economy.  Russia was tightening controls on...
Main Questions<br />What types of political risk would a company entering Russia face? France?  Identify and describe thre...
Quantifying Risk<br />By not assigning specific weights, companies can rely on using a specific range of values in order t...
Assigning Risk<br />Each risk holds a variable amount of importance depending on the country<br />The value of imminent in...
Impact of Terrorism<br />How has terrorism impacted foreign interest in Iran and Saudi Arabia, considering the vast oil re...
How have terrorist attacks affected political relationships between countries such as the US and Russia?<br />Terrorist at...
Main Questions<br />What types of political risk would a company entering Russia face? France?  Identify and describe thre...
Expropriation<br />Expropriation is the seizure of businesses by a host country with little, if any, compensation to the o...
Case: Rushing into Russia<br />Chicago based computer chip manufacturer is thinking of expanding to Russia<br />CEO recall...
Rushing into Russia<br />CEO believes, that with the help of an international management consultant, he can identify and m...
Responding to Risk<br />Integrative – Techniques that help overseas operations become a part of the host country’s infrast...
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  1. 1. Chapter 10: Managing Political Risk, Government Relations and Alliances<br />Kevin, Kristen, Daniel and Joseph<br />
  2. 2. Main Questions<br />What types of political risk would a company entering Russia face? France? Identify and describe three. How are these risks similar/different?<br />Most firms attempt to quantify their political risk, although they do not assign specific weights to the respective criteria. Why is this approach so popular? Would the companies be better off assigning weights to each of the risks being assumed?<br />If a high tech firm wanted to set up operations in Iran, what steps might it take to ensure that the subsidiary would not be expropriated? What strategies would be helpful?<br />
  3. 3. Political Risk<br />Political risk: the unanticipated likelihood that a business’s foreign investment will be constrained by a host government’s policy<br />Since 9/11 political risk assessment has become extremely important as tensions were high between countries<br />Risk factors of political risk: freezing movement of assets out of host country, placing limits on remittance of profits or capital, devaluing currency, appropriating assets, refusing to abide by contractual terms of agreements previously signed with MNC<br />
  4. 4. Russia vs. France<br />Russia has had trouble transitioning to a market driven economy. Russia was tightening controls on flow of foreign currencies (macro political risk)<br />Russia risk: no consistent legal regulation, hyper centralized and personalized political system, weak and dependent judiciary system <br />France: strong uncertainty avoidance. Stick to legal regulations strictly, adverse economic policy making, government instability <br />
  5. 5. Main Questions<br />What types of political risk would a company entering Russia face? France? Identify and describe three. How are these risks similar/different?<br />Most firms attempt to quantify their political risk, although they do not assign specific weights to the respective criteria. Why is this approach so popular? Would the companies be better off assigning weights to each of the risks being assumed?<br />If a high tech firm wanted to set up operations in Iran, what steps might it take to ensure that the subsidiary would not be expropriated? What strategies would be helpful?<br />
  6. 6. Quantifying Risk<br />By not assigning specific weights, companies can rely on using a specific range of values in order to accurately evaluate the level of risk<br />A range of values can be easier to assess rather than strict benchmarks<br />
  7. 7. Assigning Risk<br />Each risk holds a variable amount of importance depending on the country<br />The value of imminent internal conflicts, for example, may be huge in one country and nonexistent in another<br />
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  9. 9. Impact of Terrorism<br />How has terrorism impacted foreign interest in Iran and Saudi Arabia, considering the vast oil reserves that are there?<br />MNCs are disinclined to do business in these countries due to their high risk associated with terrorism, but the need for oil has hindered this logic<br />By doing business with such countries as Iran and Saudi Arabia, MNCs must assess political risk, install modern security, compile crisis plans, and prepare employees for possible situations<br />
  10. 10. How have terrorist attacks affected political relationships between countries such as the US and Russia?<br />Terrorist attacks have tarnished the political relationships between the US and Russia until recently<br />In 2009, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Sergey Lavrov and symbolically hit a “reset” button in regards to US-Russia relations<br />President Obama “…refuses to cast Russia as an enemy”<br />Example of a negative situation that has been resolved amicably between both parties<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GdLClHAMB0<br />
  11. 11. Main Questions<br />What types of political risk would a company entering Russia face? France? Identify and describe three. How are these risks similar/different?<br />Most firms attempt to quantify their political risk, although they do not assign specific weights to the respective criteria. Why is this approach so popular? Would the companies be better off assigning weights to each of the risks being assumed?<br />If a high tech firm wanted to set up operations in Iran, what steps might it take to ensure that the subsidiary would not be expropriated? What strategies would be helpful?<br />
  12. 12. Expropriation<br />Expropriation is the seizure of businesses by a host country with little, if any, compensation to the owners<br />Three strategies:<br />Local Partners<br />Limit High Tech<br />Acquire an Affiliate<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJvFwcyBIQw<br />
  13. 13. Case: Rushing into Russia<br />Chicago based computer chip manufacturer is thinking of expanding to Russia<br />CEO recalls a time when Russia experienced political instability, but believes that should be done by now<br />Confident they will be accepted by Russia<br />Banker concerned that the company will either <br />lose its investment<br />not be able to get profits out of the country<br />
  14. 14. Rushing into Russia<br />CEO believes, that with the help of an international management consultant, he can identify and minimize the risks.<br />What are some of the political risks the company will face?<br />Using figure 10-3, what strategy would you recommend that the firm use? Why?<br />What suggestions would you offer during the company’s negotiations with Russia?<br />
  15. 15. Responding to Risk<br />Integrative – Techniques that help overseas operations become a part of the host country’s infrastructure<br />Protective and Defensive – Techniques that discourage the host government from interfering in operations<br />Proactive – Political interventions designed to shape and influence the political decisions prior to their impact on the firm<br />
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