Royal Dutch/Shell, Acquisitions, and Globalization

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Royal Dutch/Shell, Acquisitions and Globalization Question 1: Royal Dutch/Shell Group operates on a global basis, and is well known for continuously striving to look beyond horizons. Using examples from the case study, critically examine the main arguments for and against 'globalization' in the global mining and metals industry in terms of: (a) The threat of new entrants and substitutes in emerging markets, and The oil and natural gas industries are inherently global in nature. This is likewise true of the metals and mining industries into which Royal Dutch/Shell has made forays in the interests of diversifying the firm. These industries rely heavily on the ability to work in a host of international market contexts and, consequently, are highly dependent on the conditions driving globalization including the navigation of domestic vs. international laws and highly variant cost and pricing differentials across a wide spectrum of market contexts. This already complex industry is made increasingly complex by the constant pressure applied by emerging markets. As reported by Mahieu (2001),"techniques established over many years were suddenly challenged by the economic forces of liberalisation, globalisation and technology." (Mahieu, p. 121) This would be particularly so in the commodities industries. In many regards, the industries in question are distinguished by an extremely high cost of entry and are therefore largely inaccessible to smaller scale operations. However, the
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