The Cartagena Incident: Affirming U.S. success

by Michael R. Czinkota and Ireene Leoncio *

During the past days emotions have been running high about the U.S. Secret Service alliance with ladies of the night in Colombia. An ‘incident’ has mushroomed into a self-inflicted ‘policy debacle’. Some policy makers, in describing this apparent scurge of mankind, appeared to recommend firing everyone who ever had lust in their hearts. The Senate majority leader’s solution is to hire many more women for the Service. Others suggest that protocols and training for protective details need to be tightened; even the possible use of the ‘honey trap’ strategy is suggested by some. A merchant seaman with great experience writes in an editorial that the lesson learned should be to ‘always pay your bill’! President Obama, who was the object of all the protection, used the annual White House correspondents dinner to crack jokes about the affair. I find all the public anxiety vastly misplaced, and the event’s effect on the U.S. reputation misinterpreted […]

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Professor Michael R. Czinkota teaches International Business at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He can be reached at michaelczinkota.com. Ireene Leoncio is a graduate student from the Philippines at Georgetown University and serves as President of the Graduate International Student Association.

Setting Things Right Through Marketing! How Can Your Business Do It!

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We have already discussed the proposed new approach of international marketing in Curative International Marketing: The Next Step Up, and the need to assume responsibility for the problems caused through marketing Claiming Ownership of the Problems Caused Through Marketing. Today, we will address how marketing can set things right through truthfulness and simplicity.

From Professor Michael R. Czinkota’s editorial, “Curative International Marketing: The Next Step Up.”

Truthfulness
On many occasions international marketing has either actively mislead expectations, or left its participants with a sense of substantial ambiguity. Marketing must base itself on fact rather than emotion, on insights rather than speculation, and do so within societal changes of context. Just as human beings change, social science truths may not be eternal but rather subject to change over time. When a customer feels gauged by marketing, the discipline is weakened. This responsibility for the entire field places a requirement of honesty on each marketing actor.

Simplicity
Marketing must find new ways to simplify life. Simplicity adds value. Research finds that up to 23 percent of consumers are willing to spend extra for an uncomplicated experience. Simplification is also linked to truthfulness and making sure that people understand the implications of their decisions. It is hard for a front line marketer to be truthful about something, if one does not understand how the system works. The understanding of how a product or even a system works and is interconnected is a valuable product attribute in itself.

Marketers need to eliminate incongruities. It makes little sense when customers call, are on hold, and hear that ‘your call is important to us’. If the call were truly important, then the firm would hire more employees to answer phones.

To find out how expanding participation can help marketing set things right, stay tuned to michaelczinkota.com.

How Human Trafficking Impacts the Supply Chain!

Source: Journal of the United States Council for Internatinal Business

Human trafficking is a very large and profitable crime, affecting all sectors of society. Today, there are about 27 million people worldwide who are victims, including men, women and children.

The forms of human trafficking readily seen are bonded labor, debt bondage, fraud, coercion and other forms of modern slavery. To better assist companies in grasping this problem and taking the proper steps to address it, the USCIB, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Organization of Employers, organized a forum in February at the Atlanta headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, on “Engaging Business: Addressing Human Trafficking in Labor Sourcing.”

USCIB members ManpowerGroup and the NGO Verite launched a new guide to help companies prevent trafficking in their labor sourcing. “An Ethical Framework for Cross-Border Labor Recruitment,” provides a detailed framework for combating human trafficking and forced labor.

“Today’s environment requires businesses to be global and talent to be mobile, therefore ManpowerGroup has made it a priority to be at the forefront of ensuring that global recruitment markets operate transparently and ethically.”

Source: “Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain.” Journal of the United States Council for Internatinal Business. XXXIV.1 (2012): 3. Print.

Ethics in International Business

Watch Professor Czinkota and Professor Skuba’s thoughts on “Ethics in International Business”

“What matters is context and we have learned that business is not the end of it all; it’s not the only pot at the end of the rainbow. Business is one component of societal development…” – Professor Michael Czinkota, Georgetown University