International Business

Does the United States have any advantage in either merchandise or services?  

Read the article:

Porter, M. E., & Rivkin, J. W. (2012). Choosing the United StatesHarvard Business Review, 90(3), 80-93.

Choosing the United States.pdf

According to the article, which covers a survey of HBS alumni who made location decisions in the previous year, the majority of decisions involving the U.S. were about whether to move activities out of the country. Fifty-seven percent of decisions were about POTENTIALLY MOVING EXISTING ACTIVITIES OUT OF THE U.S. America lost the overwhelming majority of these contests, retaining activities only 16% of the time. Nine percent of decision involved POTENTIALLY MOVING EXISTING ACTIVITIES INTO THE U.S. Although this type of decision was rarely considered, the U.S. won three-quarters of them. Thirty-four percent of decisions involved POTENTIALLY SITING NEW ACTIVITIES IN THE U.S. OR ELSEWHERE. The U.S. won just over half of the decisions.

A generation ago, most location choices boiled down to the question, “Which countries do we want to serve?” Today improvements in information, communication and logistics technology allow firms to serve many markets from a distance, spread discrete activities around the globe, and coordinate them in a global system. Thus, managers must increasingly decide not only which countries to serve but also where to locate each activity in the value chain.

The article states, “At the corporate level, managers must learn to make location decisions better and invest to upgrade their U.S. (and foreign) communities” (p. 2 ).

If you were an excutive with the responsbility to make a location recommendation today, what would you do?  Would you choose a U.S. or international location? Why?


  • Your essay should be 2-3 pages, well written, with solid logical reasoning, and formatted per CSU-Global specifications for CSU undergraduate APA Style guidelines.
  • Use at least 2 credible outside sources in addition to the textbook to support or illustrate your points. APA documentation style and format is required.
  • Be sure to use proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar; points will be deducted accordingly.

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