Learning Activity #1- 3

The Jonas brothers are looking for new markets for four major reasons: the increased safety regulations in the US, increased competition, high insurance costs to cover legal risks for owners, and children’s safety groups. The brothers believe their trampolines are safe and that they furnish beneficial exercise to children and adults (as well as being a good source of family entertainment). They believe it is essential to find new markets outside the US.

To learn a little more about the business, do your own outside research that may help you visualize the business idea.  Indoor Trampoline Parks  International Indoor Trampoline Parks  Trampolines Show Big Bounce Injuries

· Using the illustration entitled “Figure Four Ways of Doing Business,” in  International Business Management  on page 32 of the Tutorials Points link, help the Jonas’ decide whether to go global or to stay local while improving the current business in a holistic manner.

· Explain how you arrived at your answer and what other factors must be considered in choosing a strategic option.

Learning Activity #2

The Jonas Brothers think that they can go into other countries and manage the business just like the one in the US.

Explain to the Jonas’ in a memo some of the major differences and challenges in managing the operations abroad.

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Required Reading under Content,

International Business Management  (Part 3 section 12 pages 29-33)

10 Reasons to Go International

6 Steps to Help You Decide to Go Global

Strategy Constraints and Compulsions

Internet Data Flow and Trade

Impact the Internet on Business

Why are Canadian Companies Afraid to Go Global

International Business Management  (Part 3 sections 15-17 pages 40-54; Part 4 sections 18- 22 pages 55-74)

Best Structure for a Multinational Company

Standardization versus Differentiation

Multinational Corporation Strive to Compete

How to Find Funding for an Overseas Business Venture

5 Things You Can Do to Reduce Risk in International Business