Should MNCs protect shareholder value by restricting the placement of female employees in certain foreign countries? Discuss sexism in international business.

As more businesses enter into the international market, cross-cultural skills are becoming increasingly necessary. Respecting the customs and culture of other nations is essential in order to maintain a profitable business relationship, no matter what the beliefs are in the host country. The variation in predominant religions among nations plays a big role. For example, nations such as Africa, South America, the Middle East, and India, have male dominant societies. This can be attributed to their compliance to Islamic law. The reason as to why there is a disconnect among sexes is deeply rooted in their historical values. The ability to change these long-standing beliefs is minimal.  Therefore, I do believe MNCs should protect shareholder value by restricting the placement of female employees in certain foreign countries. It is likely that a necessary relationship will not be formed if the terms of a business deal do not reflect the interests of the host country. And as discussed, a relationship is the key to almost all business deals outside of the United States.

As sexism is unacceptable and often poses many controversies in the United States, it is generally accepted in other societies. I believe that it is important to educate working women in the United States about cultural sensitivity in order for them to understand incidences of unfair treatment in international situations.  Once they understand the cultures and customs of other nations, they are less likely to feel discriminated against by their employers within the United States when they are not permitted to participate abroad.

The increase in international business has completely changed the business arena, where sexism is a very controversial topic. However, just like all issues, it should be dealt with respectfully, and a compromise will eventually prevail among differing nations. Who knows, maybe someday Saudi Arabia will capitalize on the fact that they could make a lot more money if they involved women in their world of business.

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  1. I think that Islam is not the key – S America is mostly Catholic. I think it is the overall culture that is informed by the religion in part.

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