Apple Globalization Essay

983 Words Nov 26th, 2013 4 Pages
1. What is meant by the globalization of human capital? Is this inevitable as firms increase their global operations?
The globalization of human capital refers to the fact that employees are now being spread out across world by their employers. With them they take their manual skilled labor, knowledge, experiences and beliefs. As more and more companies expand and become global companies it is inevitable that they will send good qualified workers to oversee the operations overseas.

2. How does this case illustrate the threats and opportunities facing global companies in developing their strategies?
The threat facing Apple was the negative image it had after President Obama’s inquiry on outsourced jobs. This gave the perception that
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Apple has obligations to their employees both domestic and global. They need to be mindful that a corporation is only as good as its products as well as, its image. They need to be mindful that since its headquarters are in the United States, it should do all that it can to maintain a positive image. It is also important to make sure that the products they sell are quality products while keeping the price as low as possible. Foxconn has a stake in its people and the products they export. The unfair and inhumane working conditions forced the government to step in. Foxconn also needs to be mindful of the issues presented previously for Apple (the difference they are headquartered in China). The fact that labor violations were taking place, China’s government had an obligations to its people. They need to protect their citizens from hazardous work conditions and hold Foxconn accountable for their actions.

5. How much extra are you prepared to pay for an IPhone if assembled in the United States?
Personally I feel that the IPhone is already over price as is. The fact that they make $321 of profit off each phone is ridiculous. If the phone is fully assembled in the United State I do not feel the price of the phone should increase at all. There are many products that are specifically made in America that cost the same amount as their global counterparts. Clothes are an example, all things being equal, a t-shirt made overseas cost…

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