Should MNCs protect shareholder value by restricting the placement of female employees in certain foreign countries?

Yes, I believe that restrictions on placing females in some foreign countries should most certainly be allowed. That being said, I feel that the restrictions do not need to be present, it should more or less be common sense. Irregardless of personal opinion or the standing of our nation in the issue of sexism, who is to say this is correct? What makes our view the right one? No, I am not sexist. Women are equally capable of conducting business as men. However, consider this example. In India they worship what we eat daily; our McDonald’s would be an abomination to them. Mcdonald’s knew this, so they opened restaurants not offering beef products. It is nothing against the quality of beef, it is due merely to that particular group of people’s belief towards beef. That being said, the same goes for females. Allowing females to hold positions in the foreign countries that view women as inferior would hinder business greatly. This does not mean you agree with their beliefs, merely that you understand cultural differences and grasp the need to adapt. It does not reflect on the quality or ability of a female to conduct business, it simply coheres with the ways of another country. If an Indian comes to America to conduct a business deal you do not take them to a steakhouse for lunch, and if you are pitching a merger in Saudi Arabia you do not send a female executive.

There is a time and place for trying to change an entire culture’s viewpoint on sexism; that place is not a business meeting.

5 thoughts on “Should MNCs protect shareholder value by restricting the placement of female employees in certain foreign countries?

  1. I agree with everything you said and there is a time a place for everything and the business meeting is not one of them. If someone wants to try and change the culture of a place they should possibly move there and try doing that with someone that is a higher up and not a business leader. Women are easily capable of holding the same position as a man and just have to work hard to get there. when in the business setting women and men both need to know the nature of the countries culture and then go from there on what they should do.

  2. I totally agree with you. We should not see it as discrimination towards women but as a cultural understanding. This is not an issue of sexism, but an issue of understanding the difference in culture between us and each foreign country.

  3. I do agree with you about yes there should be restrictions and yes it should be logical not to send a women into a country where women are seen as inferior. The use of Mcdonalds in India is a good example of the cultural differences within the country and the compromise that Mcdonalds made to make sure they could do business. Women like you said are no where inferior to men but knowing the culture of country and how it will effect everyday business and how to conduct business should be the number one importance before starting work in a area. Overall I do agree with your blog because it does present valid points and logic with examples to back them up.

  4. The example about McDonald’s is a really good point! I agree with the fact that we should not force our beliefs upon other countries and send women over to countries where they are considered inferior.

  5. I agree with your post Cory. While we may not agree with values of our international business partners, it’s not proper to challenge them while trying to conduct business. In fact, if you did challenge them you would most likely loose that deal or merger right then and there.
    I know a woman could get the job done on foreign soil if given the chance, but if she has to break cultural barriers and try to work with men who do not believe she has any right to be there, problems will follow. This would waste time and money that could be saved if a male would have been placed there in the first place.

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