International Business Slovenia Report

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Introduction / Abstract to Report:

For this piece of coursework we will be acting as Partners for a leading Management Consultancy based in London. We have been asked to set up an office in Ljubljana, Slovenia and provide the Senior Partners with a report that consists of the following:

An analysis of the political, economic, technological and legal factors that may impact our firm

An in-depth analysis of the cultural issues that we feel should be addressed and give recommendations on how these cultural problems should be tackled

A description of the cultural life-style and practical issues that could be encountered in Slovenia

Background to Slovenia:

The official name of the country our partners are setting up a new consultancy in is The Republic of Slovenia. The country is situated at the crossroads of Central Europe, The Mediterranean and the Balkans and shares borders with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia (World Map, 2006).

The estimated population (according to The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, August 2006) was 2,010,347 which is made up of 83.6% Slovenes, 1.81% Croats, 1.98% Serbs, 1.10% Bosniaks, 0.32% Hungarians, 0.14% Montenegrins, 0.20% Macedonians, 0.31% Albanians, 0.11% Italians and 0.17% Roma.

Almost 60% of the entire population is Roman Catholic and although the official language is Slovene, in the border regions Hungarian and Italian languages are frequently spoken. However, our partners will be happy to hear that English is widely spoken and understood by the majority of business people and students.

Our partners will also be happy to hear Slovenia has a workforce of 920,000 which accounts for almost half of the countries entire population. The unemployment levels in Slovenia have been rapidly falling in recent years and Slovenia can also boast an impressive higher education enrolment ratio of 26.2%. Slovenia gained EU membership 2004 and the benefits membership brings should ensure the future of Slovenia is a prosperous one.

Part One: Political, Economic, Technological and Legal Factors:

In this part of the report we will be providing the Senior Partners with in-depth background information on the current political situation in Slovenia. We will then move on to assessing the economic and technological developments as well as addressing the legal factors for our partners to consider.

Political Factors:

Slovenia enjoys excellent relations with the United Kingdom and both co-operate together on a number of fronts. A strong indication of Slovenia¡¯s recent political development came when they occupied a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council from 1998-2000 and had previously gained membership to the United Nations in May 1992 and The Council of Europe in May 1993.

In 1996 Slovenia signed an association agreement with the European Union but did not gain full membership until May 1st 2004. Operating in an EU member state will give our Senior Partners free movement of capital and the opportunity to invest in an up and coming area where labour and land purchasing costs are likely to be considerably lower than the UK.

Since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia has had an excellent human rights record which brings the stable political environment our Senior Partners would naturally want to operate in. Janez Jansa was elected as prime-minister on November 9, 2004 and his government openly share the view of building closer relations with Western Europe by ensuring Slovenia remains EU and NATO members. This is good news for our firm as it will reduce bureaucracy and red tape as the government is actively seeking foreign investment.

Overall, I would say the stable political environment in Slovenia that is headed by a government that actively seeks Western investment should ensure our firm has a good foundation to build a successful business. However, it is important to remember Slovenia is a young country (15...
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