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... [continues]
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