Purdue Global Market discussion In Unit 1 you formed a team and started the process of growing your simulation company. As you saw in the Conscious Capital

Purdue Global Market discussion In Unit 1 you formed a team and started the process of growing your simulation company. As you saw in the Conscious Capitalism videos, and in this Linda Fisher Thornton video-The Leading from a Strong Moral Center having a strong commitment to your values and ethical stance is critical to business growth, especially as your company grows and you expand into other countries and cultures.

This Assignment where you research markets outside the United States and discuss how to use the principles of Conscious Capitalism to determine appropriate expansion strategies explores the professional skills of;

Global awareness
Awareness of ethical issues and responsibilities
Make ethical decisions and solve problems
Work effectively in teams

Assignment Goal and Thought Process

Goal: As a Conscious Capitalism based business, how can we use these principles to help us determine which governments (France Brazil, and China, the countries under consideration expansion) would be the best match to ensure successful expansion into this country

Thought Process

Business decisions are based on a variety of data points including, sales, profit, cultural match. Your goal as a business leader is to make decisions that have the best chance of success so you will need to incorporate as much data as possible before making your decisions.
If you were going to be presenting to your management in a real world situation, and requesting funds to support your expansion plan, you will need all of this data to be seen as credible and win support for your plan.
The role of government and official policies have an important impact on the growth of their nation(s).
In your simulation, you will be creating plans to expand to any or all of these 3 areas, Paris, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai and need to have a foundation for making these choices to augment the traditional sales and profit goals. The 4 principles of Conscious Capitalism can be an additional data source for decision making
As governmental policies will play a large role in our success when expanding we need to know the following;
Can a government operate as a business?
How can we view governments through the lens of Conscious Capitalism to help us make our expansion recommendations? While the principles are usually applied to business, can we apply them to governments?
What is the culture of each country under consideration for expansion and how many principle(s) of Conscious Capitalism do they follow?
How does this information help us make expansion recommendations, if our goal is to expand to countries that have the strongest link to these principles?

Assignment Details and Rubric

In a 4-6 page APA formatted paper excluding text, diagrams, and other visual/oral aids as appropriate, address the following:

Section 1- The principles of Conscious Capitalism are usually applied to a business, but to help us make these choices, we will be applying them to the governments of the countries under consideration for growth but first need to answer these questions;
Can/should we view government as a business in order to eventually apply the principles of Conscious Capitalism?
What information does the research show on this topic? Present an in-depth analysis of the pro’s and con’s of this approach. You will need to use at least 3 scholarly sources to support your thoughts in addition to the readings for this week.
How would you use the principals of Conscious Capitalism to analyze the possible markets and their governments for expansion goals?
Section 2 -Research the markets that you can expand into from your home base in Chicago, Paris, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai
Create a profile for each of the expansion areas (Paris, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai). Include the following information.
Economic data, i.e., population, Gross National Product (GDP)
Cultural data; i.e., Hofstede Cultural Dimensions
Which of the 4 principles of Conscious Capitalism are demonstrated by the government of the country?
Section 3 – Recommendations for expansion. Using the results of this analysis and knowing the cultural profile your company leadership has already creating, make detailed recommendations for expansion progression. This should include;
Include in-depth description of your company, its products, and other relevant information to support the recommendations.
The logic that you are using to support your recommendations. This can include the projected sales and profit information, the links to Conscious Capitalism, any other factors which formed your recommendations. TRANSCRIPT
Linda Fisher Thornton
Leading from a Strong Moral Center
The ethical challenges we face are increasingly complex. We need a strong moral center to guide us.
You can call it having strong character, being principle-centered, having integrity, following an ethical
compass, leading with values—no matter what you call it, we need a strong moral foundation. If we
don’t intentionally ground our thinking and ethical values when we make decisions, we can easily be
pulled off center and tempted to act out of self-interest without considering the interests of others, or
just to think about profitability. And profitability is not a guiding value. If we’re using profitability as a
guiding value when we make decisions, we’re putting money where morality should be.
A strong moral center gives us a secure anchor when we’re challenged. It reminds us that we’re
responsible for thinking about how we treat all our constituents. Thinking beyond ourselves takes
practice, and that practice protects the ethics of our organizations.
Cultivating strong values, we not only help ourselves lead more effectively, we also help our
organizations through our example and guidance. Here’s what it looks like. Keeping our ethical
expectations and values on the wall, on the meeting agenda, and on the radar. Talking about what
ethics looks like in action. And talking about gray areas where people are unsure about what to do,
and there always will be those gray areas.
We’re all responsible for thinking beyond our own interests. In this age of infotainment and
information overload, we have to really know ourselves, know our responsibility to others, and choose
to act beyond self-interest. A strong moral center takes attention and practice, just like physical
fitness. Think about your level of ethical fitness right now and how you’ll stay centered in ethical
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