International Business

International Business


Traces the development of the European Union from the original six countries of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), to the 12 countries of the European Community (EC), to today's Union (EU) of 27 countries.

Discusses the provisions of the "Single European Act" of 1987 which established a common market that eliminated nearly all barriers to the free movement of goods, people, capital, and services within the Union. Covers the 1991 "Treaty on European Union" which established the European Monetary Union (EMU) and issuing the Euro as Europe's common currency. Concludes with a discussion of the current financial difficulties facing the EMU and what is commonly referred to as "Europe's Debt Crisis."

DVD / 2012 / 22 minutes

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From humble beginnings as durable clothing for workers in the mining towns of the Wild West, jeans have evolved into a cultural icon. The attire of a cowboy, a hero, a rock star and an ex-convict, jeans have played a part in antiestablishment movements and mainstream fashion alike. Changes in rivet, stitch and pocket placement trace the history of jeans that collectors treasure and pay for handsomely. Traditional dyeing techniques and hand-made denim live on in a few workshops, primarily in Japan, dedicated to maintaining the highest quality of fabric and control of every step in the process of making tailored jeans. On the other end of the spectrum, even the fading of jeans to give them a worn look is done on an industrial scale. Through interviews with fashion designers, jean tailors, historians and aficionados, Jeans traces the dissemination of denim and its cultural myths from America to the rest of the world and the formation of a global industry. All in a quest to find the reason why jeans have been so successful.

DVD / 2012 / (College) / 56 minutes

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The car was once a symbol of American ingenuity and technological progress. But globalisation is having a huge impact on both how it's produced and on the lives of the people in the complex networks of countries across the world involved in its production.

INDIA: In Chennai, India, Boniface works making radiator caps which will end up on a US pick-up truck. The global car industry has given him a good job and great hopes for his future and that of his family.

BRITAIN: In West Bromwich, UK, Brian's firm supplies springs and washers to Boniface's company to make the caps for the pick-up truck. But Brian sees his business under increasing pressure from companies outsourcing production to India and China.

AMERICA: In Tennessee, USA, Teresa's company makes the radiators for the pick-up truck - but loses her job because of global competiton.

"Everybody is competing with everybody," she says. "They are doing what they need to do to survive - but we don't have to like it."

CHINA: But when it comes to global competition, there's one country no one can afford to ignore - China, the new Detroit of the world car industry. Car companies aren't only moving into China to make goods for export, but also to meet local demand for cars - the new status symbol in one of the world's newest economies.

The rise of foreign car companies and global networks of suppliers raises the question - what now is an American car? Is there such a thing? Some countries are winning, some losing - but no one can predict the ultimate direction of the global car industry.

DVD / 2010 / 30 minutes

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This is the story of a farmer who stood up against a massive multinational, and its right to claim ownership to a living organism.

One day representatives from the multinational company Monsanto visit Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser and demand he surrender his canola crops. They sue him for $200,000, claiming he had illegally used their patented genetically modified seeds.

Percy counter-sues Monsanto for environmental pollution and launches a nationwide campaign defending farmer's rights.

Modifying canola's genes makes the planet resistant to specific weed killers and, according to the makers, generally improves yield.

But Percy's campaign highlights popular questions about GM crops and food with GM products in. In particular there are fears of "terminator technology" and worries about the impact on farming communities.

Schmeiser also accuses Monsanto of using intimidating tactics against him. For days, according to the farmer, detectives with cars were in front of his driveway, following him onto the fields, observing his every footstep.

Finally, the case goes to Canada's supreme court. The court finds in Monsanto's favour - but he doesn't have to pay a big fine. Percy argues the verdict raises more questions than it answers - including the biggest of all - "who owns life?"

DVD / 2010 / 30 minutes

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Three films look at how countries around the world are feeling the bitter effects of globalisation.

USA: Detroit, the city of Motown music and big cars is turning into an industrial wasteland.

When the car industry was booming Detroit was the fifth largest city in the US. But now Japanese and other foreign car companies have taken more and more of the US market.

General Motors, whose headquarters are in Detroit, was once the world's biggest car maker, but now it's a shadow of its former self, and has been bailed out by the US government.

Businesses are being killed off and residents have fled the city. Car workers who thought they had secure jobs, are facing the reality that the wheels are falling off Motor City. Now General Motors is gambling its future on more environmentally friendly cars.

CHINA: This once booming supplier of cheap goods to the world is now seeing factories close their doors and workers fired and sent back to their poor villages.

A watch factory owner says: "I have been in the watch business for forty years. This is the most difficult time I've ever seen."

The Chinese government has set up a four thousand billion yuan program to help big companies and revive the economy, but smaller enterprises are still going bust.

In China's poorer rural areas, leaving for work in the city has become a way of life for young people - a way of life that suddenly seems far more precarious.

EUROPE: 2300 Nokia employees have been laid off following the factory's move to Romania.

Despite record profits, the mobile-phone maker's move to Romania is spurred by the search for cheap labour. Says one German worker: "The company has exploited us. They have taken us for a ride - and that's putting it mildly.'

But in Romania many welcome the move - they see Nokia as a new source of jobs and economic growth. The Romanian village of Jucu has been renamed Nokia Village and the mayor is planning what to do with the new income.

But how much will Nokia actually pay their new Romanian workers? And how long before Nokia goes elsewhere in search of cheap labour? The film offers a fascinating example of the ups and downs of "caravan capitalism".

DVD (With Publication) / 2009 / 46 minutes

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What is fair trade? How does it work in practice? What difference is it making to people in the developing world? This is the story of fair trade fashion company People Tree

SWEATSHOP LABOUR: The UK fashion business is worth over óG40 billion annually. But beneath the industry's glamorous facade, there's an inconvenient truth: most of the clothes are made in the developing world using sweatshop labour. People Tree set out to make a difference, by selling well-designed clothes produced in the developing world for a fair price. They're now selling through Top Shop and working with 50 producer groups in 15 different countries. UK turnover is óG1.5 million.

HAND-MADE: All People Tree's garments are hand-made. This means it is all much more labour intensive and slower than in factories. But that's the whole point: to create as much employment as possible. Care for the environment is also part of People Tree's plan. They use natural dyes and avoid toxic or synthetic raw materials. They use organic cotton which means not relying on harmful pesticides - but they're not totally organic yet.

BANGLADESH: One woman working on People Tree's clothes in Bangladesh does seem to be benefiting from fair trade. She tells how working on producing fair trade clothes has improved her life, brought her more money and freed her from being stuck at home. But fair trade isn't an easy option. People Tree has little money for advertising and marketing and every day is a struggle. Fair trade is still only a small fraction of the fashion business - can it ever go mainstream?

DVD (With Publication) / 2008 / 29 minutes

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Learn strategies for having your meetings be effective and efficient. In today's fast-paced world, it's important to use our time efficiently and a well-run meeting can do just that. Among the topics covered are:

  • The role of the moderator
  • Setting a workable agenda
  • Keeping the discussion on topic
  • Dealing with difficult meeting participants

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / 18 minutes

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    By Vivian Price

    Inspired by organizers at the Beijing Conference on Women in 1995, former construction worker Vivian Price spent years documenting the current and historical roles of women in the construction industry in Asia -discovering several startling facts. Capturing footage that shatters any stereotypes of delicate, submissive Asian women, Price discovers that women in many parts of Asia have been doing construction labor for centuries. But conversations with these women show that development and the resulting mechanization are pushing them out of the industry. Their stories disturb the notion of "progress" that many people hold and show how globalization, modernization, education and technology don't always result in gender equality and the alleviation of poverty.

    Celebrating a range of women workers -from a Japanese truck driver, to two young Pakistani women working on a construction site in Lahore, to a Taiwanese woman doing concrete work along side her husband -this film deftly probes the connections in their experiences. In a segment exploring the history of the Samsui women in Singapore (Chinese women who were recruited as construction laborers in the 1920's until they lost their jobs to mechanization in the 1970's) unique archival footage and interviews with surviving Samsui offer an importation perspective on the historical and global scope of women workers' struggles.

  • "An important and inspiring film. Recommended."-Educational Media Reviews Online

  • "Graphic and eloquent...Capturing both the common and distinct forms of sexism and oppression, [this film] demonstrates women's heroic efforts to unionize and fight for their rights as workers."-Mary Romero,Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University

  • "Provocative and compelling ... offers rare insight into the impact of globalization and workers' dignified acts of resistance and independence. A highly recommended educational resource." - Linda Trinh Vo, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, Irvine, University of California

  • CINE Golden Eagle Award

    DVD (Chinese, Japanese,Thai, Tamil and Urdu, Color) / 2006 / 62 minutes

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    How do external factors affect businesses? The experiences of the companies in a seaside town demonstrate the meaning of P-E-S-T.

    POLITICS: People often complain about European politicians. But business is booming at the Royal Albion Hotel - and it's all thanks to a European grant.

    ECONOMICS: Economic factors led famous model train maker Hornby Hobbies to close its factory and move its manufacturing to China. Hornby's done well - but what about the social costs?

    SOCIETY & TECHNOLOGY: The Happy Elephant jewellery company is making sales from a social trend called the "New Age". Meanwhile technology has helped turn round the fortunes of the Bottleneck off-licence.

    THE RETAIL PARK: But external factors are rarely clear-cut. How will a big new out of town shopping centre affect the high street shops?

    DVD (With Publication) / 2005 / 24 minutes

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    The nature of business is in a state of change. This Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation describes the changing nature of business by detailing the impact of the changing social demands, which influence employees and businesses locally, nationally and internationally, while illustrating the impact of technology on business. The presentation explains the relationship between population migration, cultural diversity and family demographics. Students learn the changes to U.S. business practices and the evolution of employment legislation, which are both due to global resources, competition and the changing composition of the workforce.

    CD-ROM (Win, PowerPoint Presentation (21 slides)) / 2004

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    Most studies have demonstrated that students have little understanding of the importance of nonverbal communication. This deficiency is particularly acute in the international arena. The focus of this program is twofold. First, to introduce the student to the mechanics of nonverbally communicating through gestures, proxemics and other techniques. Second, to expose the student to the vast array of interpretations of smilar techniques throughout the global marketplace

    DVD / 2004 / 24 minutes

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    Featuring NAOMI KLEIN

    Naomi Klein, acclaimed journalist and author of the best-selling book No Logo, examines the rise of international branding and the grassroots anti-corporate campaigns it has inspired. She asks viewers to consider the costs of globalization, including the disappearance of public space, consumer choice, and stable, meaningful work.

  • "Not only inspires critical reflection...but prompts us to get up and fight for the kind of society that would truly be worth living in." - IMRE SZEMAN - Director, Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

    DVD (With English, Spanish, French Subtitles) / 2003 / 40 minutes

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    Like putting a puzzle together, international trade has many interdependent pieces and economic concepts involving a variety of factors. A basic understanding of economic interdependence, comparative and absolute advantage, and international trade all are pieces of a bigger picture - international trade's relationship to economic growth.

    DVD / 2002 / 8 minutes

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    Examines a phenomenon that truly characterizes our time. The rapid expansion of the international market place and the power of those who control it is perceived to be the principal reason why the gap between the rich and the poor is increasing, not diminishing. This viewpoint was also expressed by the thousands who demonstrated against the WTO in Seattle and Prague. On the other hand, some view globalization as being the only way for prosperity to spread to developing countries.

    DVD / 2002 / (Senior High - College) / 28 minutes

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    Have you ever thought of starting your own business? What would you do first? Look for the right location? Talk to your bank manager? Decide if you were going to do it alone, or with others? These are but a few of the challenges that face every would-be entrepreneur. This program realistically portrays legal issues that the average business person may have to deal with when conducting business in Alberta. The focus is to develop an overall awareness and understanding of legal issues in a business setting.

    DVD / 2002 / (Adult) / 74 minutes

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    Compares and contrasts retailing in Western Europe with retailing in the United States. Discusses supermarkets, hypermarkets, franchising apparel retailers, auto dealers, etc. special topics include social/cultural differences and retail implications of the European Union.

    DVD / 2000 / 28 minutes

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    Overcoming Cultural Conflicts in the European Community

    Program 20: "Building Teams in the Global Marketplace: Overcoming Cultural Conflicts in the European Community"

    When teams are comprised of people from different cultures, the opportunity for misunderstanding arises. This scenario shows how different approaches between French, British, American and German cultures can cause communication problems.

    When you are building hign performance teams across cultures, it is vital that each team member respects each other's differences, as well as being willing to come to some common agreements on how they will cooperate. In this scenario, you will see how communication can break down and be misinterpreted among a cross-cultural team.

    CHARACTER NAMES: Pierre Ernie Weiss, Charles Hyde-Smith, and Warner Schmitt

    Key Learning Points
  • Understanding and appreciating differences in European cultures
  • Building effective teams globally
  • Understanding intercultural communication issues, including views of time, organizational structure, and decision-making processes
  • Developing skills to lead diverse employees

    DVD (With Facilitator's Guide) / 1999 / 10 minutes

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    Recruiting People Of Color

    Program 11: "The Fatal Interview: Recruiting People Of Color"

    Many organizations say, "We would like to have more women and people of color, but we just can't find them." The reality can be different. Women and people of color can be placed in situations where they are not made to feel welcome. When it works well, the interviewing process can be a tool for seeking and hiring the best. In this segment, you'll see how shortcomings in the interviewing process can impact the recruitment of diverse employees.

    CHARACTER NAMES: Julia Brown and Tom Johnson

  • Interviewing and recruiting diverse, top employees
  • Preventing stereotypes in interracial interviews
  • Avoiding interviewing pitfalls
  • Staying competitive in a diverse employee market
  • Implementing effective interviewing and recruiting systems
  • Learning to be effective allies to people of color
  • Developing skills to lead diverse employees

    DVD (With Facilitator's Guide) / 1999 / 13 minutes

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    Building Effective Teams Globally

    Program 13: "Worlds Apart: Building Effective Teams Globally"

    Different cultures have different approaches to problem solving and project management. In the global economy, it is increasingly important for every team member to be aware of these differences as they move forward on projects.

    In this scenario, you will explore the differences in values and the importance of work and life between a Japanese employee and a Latin employee. You'll explore different approaches to work and communication, including body language, handling e-mails, and balance in work.

    CHARACTER NAMES: Jesus Hernandez and Toshi Okomoto

  • Understanding different cultures' approaches to work
  • Building teams in a global environment
  • Understanding communication issues including verbal deference/assertiveness, body language, meeting style, and decision-making style
  • Developing skills to lead diverse employees

    DVD (With Facilitator's Guide) / 1999 / 13 minutes

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    By Eve-Laure Moros and Linzy Emery

    In Thailand, women make up 90 percent of the labor force responsible for garments and toys for export by multinational corporations. This powerful, revealing documentary about women factory workers and their struggle to organize unions exposes the human cost behind the production of everyday items that reach our shores. Probing the profound impact of the New World Order on the populations that provide the global economy with cheap labor, "Made in Thailand" also profiles women newly empowered by their campaign for human and worker's rights. Several of these women are survivors of the 1993 Kader Toy Factory fire, one of the worst industrial fires in history. Today they are highly effective leaders in the grass-roots movement mobilizing workers in their recently industrialized country.

  • "...An eye-opener...showing us striking images of Thai women factory workers that totally contradict prevailing stereotypes and present instead a picture of strong, courageous defenders of human rights." - Michael Feinberg, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition

  • "For the past year, we have been on the lookout for materials that we can use to educate young people about economic issues--in particular, the consequences of 'globalization'. ' Made in Thailand', we believe, will be a useful tool in educating young people about such critical economic issues as child labor, sweatshops, and corporate responsibility." - Laura McClure, Educators for Social Responsibility

  • "An excellent portrayal of the lives of working women in Thailand...[it] will galvanize do something about the issue of sweatshop labor." - Cydney Pullman, Institute for Labor & the Community

    DVD (Color) / 1999 / 30 minutes

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    When operating in an international market, it is vital to understand the cultural differences between countries and how this will affect certain business decisions. This presentation focuses on Asian culture and the affect it has on business operations. Asian business practices are compared to those of the United States, along with different customs such as etiquette and proper communication.

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    To survive in global business in Singapore and Southeast Asia, it's essential to have the right skills on how to conduct business in Singapore. With the expert training program Doing Business in Singapore, you'll discover this city-state's mysterious blend of modern business efficiency and ancient superstitious beliefs. Packed with facts on the do's in international business with Singapore, you'll master the business culture of Singapore. For example, you'll learn to recognize the fear of "loss of face," and discover when it's best to do business in the open - and when to go behind closed doors. Find out why you need to forgo your Western individuality to work effectively with the prevailing group mindset.

    In this expert training program, you'll receive the answers to dozens of must-know questions such as:

  • What are the cultural taboos and Singapore business etiquette?
  • How to do I communicate effectively and avoid costly misunderstandings?
  • What's the strategy for doing business in Singapore with Chinese?
  • What are the best negotiation techniques?
  • What's the key to success in business management in Singapore?

    DVD / 44 minutes

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    To be successful in today's increasingly diverse workplace, you need to train your employees on effective communication in the cultural workforce. Intercultural Communication is a complete training program to help your people avoid misunderstandings and communicate more effectively with other cultures.

    With this expert training program, you'll get the answers to these essential issues and many more:
  • Why some cultures might avoid giving straight answers
  • How to understand what's really being said
  • How to read body language and nonverbal business communication
  • How to know when ?yes' might really mean ?no'
  • What topics might be offensive and disrespectful with other cultures
  • Why some cultures prefer to avoid touching, eye contact, etc.
  • How to overcome language barriers and avoid translation disasters

    DVD / 40 minutes

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    To prosper in today's increasingly global business environment, you need to understand cultural influences on selling and negotiating. It's up to you to provide the training necessary for success. International Negotiating: Successful Deal-Making in Global Business unveils all the secrets of doing deals effectively with other cultures.

    Key Training Points:
  • How to create an effective strategy
  • How to decide who should - and shouldn't - be on a negotiating team
  • Why it might be essential to spend a lot of time socializing before negotiating begins
  • What you should - and should not - do during initial discussions
  • Why international deals take more time - and how to keep things moving forward
  • Why bargaining or concessions might result in disaster
  • How to keep "done deals" from coming undone

    DVD / 40 minutes

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    Ideal for team building activities, Building the Multicultural Team: Diversity in the Workplace will take you on an exciting journey to observe a global team in action. You'll watch a problem-plagued meeting between five managers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America, and discover powerful techniques for working effectively with other cultures.

    Benefits of this training program include:
  • understanding the challenges of work in a multicultural team
  • developing an effective cross-cultural, multicultural leadership plan
  • finding out how to communicate effectively with other cultures
  • dealing effectively with differences in values and priorities
  • discovering how to build effective working relationships
  • seeing success stories on multicultural teams
  • understanding that awareness is a "two-way street": all cultures need to adapt
  • learning how to bridge differences and create a balanced approach With this powerful yet easy-to-use training program, you'll find out how to foster effective leadership on a multicultural team, and how to overcome differences and benefit from cultural diversity. In this exciting dramatization, you'll profit from success stories on multicultural teams, as your employees gain essential skills for being effective with other people and cultures. Ideal for group discussion, team building activities, and improved multicultural communication in the business world.

    DVD / 14 minutes

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    As businesses increasingly outsource operations across the globe, it's essential that you train your people how to work across technology with other cultures. To survive in business today, you need to master the often overlooked but potentially damaging impact of ancient culture on 21st century communications.

    Ideal for team building exercises, Building the Virtual Team: Communication Across Cultural Diversity observes a group leader and the problems she faces in virtual team management as she struggles to lead her managers in Asia, India, Africa and Latin America.

    Benefits of this training program include:
  • realizing the importance of human relationships in many cultures
  • discovering how impersonal communication can backfire
  • learning how to balance high-tech and high-touch
  • finding out how to deal with language and translation issues
  • dealing effectively with time zones, response time, etc.
  • understanding that awareness is a "two-way street": all cultures need to adapt
  • learning how to bridge differences and create a balanced approach

    Designed to stimulate lively discussion and effective learning, this easy-to-use yet highly effective team building training video is based on expert articles on starting a virtual team and communication. This cutting-edge dramatization will enable you to get maximum virtual team benefit, and is ideal for team building exercises on modern technology and communicating in business

    DVD / 18 minutes

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    Global research is becoming an important concept in marketing research. When companies go international, global research becomes a necessity in creating a successful business plan. This presentation discusses the importance of understanding global research concepts and techniques and how they vary for different countries. Various factors that must be taken into consideration when carrying out global surveys and research are also analyzed.

    CD-ROM (Win, PowerPoint Presentation (43 slides))

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