International Business – BUSI 4344-810 Interview and Country/Culture Report
This assignment comes in two distinct parts but part of one paper. The interview/culture part is 60% of the grade; the market study is 40%.
Part 1: Your task is to interview someone from another country. This needs to be someone from a country other than the USA AND someone from a country other than your home country, if you are an international student. Do some research on the country itself before you interview this person. This is a great chance to find out all about another part of the world. Ask as many questions as possible. Spend some significant time with this person. Look around in your classes or in your workplace – you might find someone to interview there. You might contact someone in Tarleton’s international office and get some suggestions there. There are lots of places where you can find someone from another country so be diligent. Family outside of your nuclear family is OK but not my first choice. Let’s face it, if your family is from Mexico or France chances are you already know a lot about its culture. Take on someplace new!
In your interview, ask about things including: food, customs, major holidays/festivals, religion, work, transportation, prices, houses, school, differences, similarities, business practices, etc. Have fun with this project! I know walking up to a stranger sitting and having a cup of coffee seems uncomfortable, however, people generally enjoy talking about their culture and country and what makes it unique. An international student in the US can feel like nobody is interested – you can show them they are mistaken. What seems most important to them? What are they proudest of? Where do they see their country needs to grow/improve? If they have left that country, what about it do they miss most? In your write up, discuss your original expectations and what surprised you about your findings. Make sure you include a cover page. Your reference page will include your personal interview – along with any other sources you might have used (remember you are supposed to do some research on the country before your interview). Please follow all guidelines for written work as described in your syllabus.
Now, take what you have learned from that person, research the country itself and give a good overview of the culture of that country. Use information from your interviewee but also significant information from research. Does the perspective of your interviewee match what you learned in research? When reading this portion of the paper I should have a good understanding of the culture of this country intertwined with the specific experiences, feelings and knowledge of the person you interviewed. Include pictures of the person (if they approve), their food, their countryside, their festivals, etc would be appropriate and expected.
Part 2: You will perform a market study of the country your interviewee is from and write up your findings. Help us to understand the country you chose. You will need to use excellent resources to find accurate and up-to date information for your assignment.
The answers to these 67 questions are all that is required of this part of the paper. Topics examined include the target nation’s people, government, physical infrastructure, economy, and technological infrastructure. Please include the year of the data (if available). This portion is not difficult – just answer the questions. According to the country you interviewed someone from not all of the data is always available. I will take that into account (I will also look myself to see if it’s there and you didn’t really look).
When this paper is complete you will have a total view of the country including all relevant technical information, cultural information and the personal view brought by your interviewee.
Underline your answers and provide the source for each fact after your answer and on your reference page. Your sources may include, but are definitely not limited to:
Altapedia, CIA Factbook, World Bank, ICT Info Please, Country Websites, US Embassy sites in each country, Global Road Warrior Sources listed under library resources for International Business on the Tarleton website
1) The official national name of (your country) is ______
2) A citizen of (your country) is properly referred to as a (an) _____.
3) Products of materials from (your country) are referred to as _____ in origin.
4) The population of (your country) was _____ in (provide the year of the information______).
5) The population of (your country) is growing at a rate of _____ (year)
6) The median age of the population of (your country) is _____. 7) The age structure of (your country) is as follows:
0-14 years: _____% 15-64 years: _____% 65 years and over _____%
8) The urban/rural composition of the population of (your country) is _____ urban/_____rural.
9) The population, in percent, that each ethnic group comprises in (your country) is: __________________ (year)
10) The major languages spoken in (your country) are _______________
11) _____ is the official language in (your country).
12) The major religions of the country are: _______________.
13) The life expectancy for residents of (your country) is _________ (year).
14) The fertility rate for women in (your country) is ______________ (year).
15) The infant mortality rate of (your country) is _____________
16) _________ (year) percent of the population in (your country) lives below the poverty line. Note: This number is sometimes difficult to obtain, depending on your country.
Make sure you are diligent in trying to find the poverty rate – check multiple sources as it is important in understanding the opportunities for business in your region.
17) The educational attainment and literacy of adults (age 25 and older) are as follows: _____________
18) The total number of adults living with HIV/AIDS in (your country) is _________.
19) ____% (year) of the adult population of (your country) is living with HIV/AIDS.
20) (your country) gained its independence from _____________.
21) (your country) gained its independence on the date _______.
22) The type of government in (your country) is a _________.
23) The current head of state of (your country) is _____ (date).
24) The official currency of (your country) is the _____.
25) The geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) of (your country) are _____ and _____.
26) The surface are of (your country) is _____ sq. km.
27) The population density (the number of people per square mile) of (your country) is _____.
28) (your country) shares borders with: _____
29) (your country) has _____ km of coastline.
30) The largest cities in (your country), by population are: __________.
31) The climate of (your country) is: ___________
32) ____% of the land in (your country) is arable.
33) The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of (your country) is ________________ (year).
34) The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of (your country) is growing at an annual rate of _____% (year).
35) The GDP per capita of (your country) is __________________ (year).
36) The GDP of (your country) is drawn proportionately from: ______
37) The size of the available labor force in (your country) is _____ (year).
38) The labor force in (your country) works proportionately in:
39) The inflation rate for consumer prices in (your country) is ____% (year).
40) The unemployment rate in (your country) is ____% (year).
41) The major trading partners of (your country) are: _______.
42) The total value of exports from (your country) is ___________ (year) and the total value of imports into (your country) is ________ (year).
43) As a percentage, exports and imports are ____% and _____%, respectively, of the GDP of (your country).
44) The major exports of (your country) are: _____
45) The major imports of (your country) are: _____.
46) The primary natural resources of (your country) are: _____.
47) The major industries of (your country) are: _____.
48) The major primary products made in (your country) are: _____.
49) The external debt of (your country) is _____.
50) (your country) received _____ (year) in economic aid.
51) There are a total of _____ km of roads and highways in (your country). Of these roadways, _____km (including ____km of expressways) are paved and _____km (year) are unpaved.
52) There are a total of _____ km (year) of railways in (your country). _____ km of these are electrified.
53) There are a total of _____ airports in (your country), with _____ having paved runways and _____ (year) having unpaved runways.
54) There are _____ km (year) of navigable waterways in (your country).
55) The port cities of (your country) are _____.
56) There are _____ daily newspapers in (your country), with a circulation of _____ (year).
57) For every 1,000 people in (your country), there are _____ radios and _____ (year) televisions.
58) There are _____ AM radio stations and _____ (year) FM radio stations in (your country).
59) There are _____ (year) broadcast television stations in (your country).
60) For every 1,000 people in (your country), there are _____ telephone mainlines and _____ (year) mobile phones.
61) For every 1,000 people in (your country), there are _____ (year) computers.
62) There are an estimated _____ (year) internet users in (your country).
63) There are _____ (year) ISP’s, or Internet Service Providers in (your country).
64) (_____) is the two-letter Internet country code for (your country).
65) The URL of the e-government site for (your country) is ________.
66) The embassy for (your country) in the United States can be contacted at: _______
67) The American embassy in (your country) can be contacted at: _____