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Cultural, political and geo-economical measures:

Business as usual is not good enough in global business operations the same holds true to global e-business technology management. There are too many cultural, political and geo economical (geographic and economic) realities that must be confronted in order for a business to succeed in global markets. Global information technology management must focus on developing global business IT strategies and managing global e-business application portfolios, internet technologies, platforms, databases and systems development projects. But managers must also accomplish that from a prospective and through methods that take into account the cultural, political and geo-economics differences that exist while doing business. For example, a major political challenge is that many countries have rules regulating or prohibiting the transfer of data across their national boundaries, especially personal information such as s personal records. Others severely restrict, tax, or prohibit inputs of hardware and software. Still other shave local content loss that specifies the portion of the value of product that must be added in that country if it is to be sold there. Other countries have reciprocal trade agreement that requires a business to send part of their revenues they earn in a country in that nations economy. Geo-economic Challenges in global business and IT refers to the effects of geography on the economic realities of international business activities. The sheer physical distances involved are still a major problem, even in this day of internet telecommunications and jet travel. For eg. It may still take too long to fly in the specialist when IT problems occurred in remote site. Cultural challenges facing global business and IT managers include differences in languages, cultural interests, religions, customs, social attitudes, and political philosophies. Other cultural challenges include differences in work styles and business relationships. For eg. Should one take once time to avoid mistake, to hurry to get something done early? Should one go it alone or work cooperatively? The answers tom such questions depend on the culture your in and highlight the cultural differences that might exist in the global work place.

Global business/ IT strategies


Many firms are moving towards transnational strategies in which they integrate their global business/ IT applications. Business are moving from 1. Multinational strategies where foreign subsidiaries operate autonomously 2. Global strategies where a companys worldwide operations are closely managed by the headquarters