Stephens questions

1) p. 53 What recent events have made US-Mexico business relations more difficult?
p.53-54 What cultural differences can create challenges?

2) p. 54-55 What is meant by "power distance?" How does this compare in US and Mexican managerial styles? How does the perception of hierarchy differ between the US and Mexico? What prevents Mexican management from becoming too autocratic or authoritarian?

3) p. 55 Compare centralization and labor boundaries in Japan and Mexico. What is the significance for Mexico in terms of motivation? communication?

4) p. 56-7 Describe Mexican cultural influences in self-presentation, and their clash with American arrogance.

5) p. 57-8 What are the advantages and disadvantages of a strong cultural tendency towards uncertainity avoidance in terms of hiring practices, trust, and unwillingness to dissapoint?

6) p. 58-9 How does inappropriate escalation of committment come about in Mexican management? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the high value on social networks? What is the influence of this cultural attribute on teamwork?

7) p. 59-60 What evidence is there that contradicts (or at least contextualizes) the "mañana" stereotype? Why are employee training programs particularly important in Mexico? Compare the balance of work and non-work interests in Mexico and Japan.

8) p. 60-61 What are the challenges for women in the Mexican workforce?

9) p. 62-3 How might better appreciation of technology aid in improving joint ventures? What are the ethical implications of Stephens' suggestion to "work within Mexican cultural parameters" for gender relations and employee reward systems?


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Swezey & Farber questions

10 pp. 50-51 In the 1960s-70s how much of Nicarauga export was cotton? Why? What was the effect on small landowners and peasants?

11 pp. 51-53 In the 1960s-70s how much was Nicarauga spending on pesticides for its cotton? What were the disadvantages of this (summarize them in your own words, don't just quote the numbers).

12 pp. 53-54 How does pesticide corporation marketing techniques affect these problems?

13 pp. 54-56 What were the social costs of pesticide use in Nicarauga?

14 pp. 57-58 What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)? Did it work?

15 pp. 59-61 Why did IPM collapse in the 1970s?

16 pp. 62-63 What was the relation of pesticides to the Nicaraugan political economy in the 1970s? What happended in 1979?

17 pp. 63-66 How did the new (post-revolution) Nicaraugan Government deal with pesticides?