In this assignment, you will be assigned to discussion groups and assigned a particular problem that involves what might be called managing within the confines of international law. At the end of the module, we will compare the answers and approaches of the different groups, and you will be encouraged to comment on these answers. Remember, this is a group project and you will be graded on the usefulness and extent of your contributions to the group paper. Individual assignments will not be accepted. Your grade on this portion of the course will not in any way be based on how the ultimate decision of the group is viewed by the class as a whole. Instead, your evaluation will hinge on how well-thought out your argument is, how skillfully you represent the facts that are appropriate, and how persuasively you present your case. All class members must contribute to their portion of the virtual classroom discussion, but all members of the group will not (usually) be given the same grade. Your grade will depend on the degree to which you contribute to the group discussion in a productive, legalistic manner.
To make it more interesting, you will be divided into small groups that will answer the same question but will work only within the small group. In future modules we will be commenting on each other Roundtable reports in the Board of Directors area, but for this first module we will just be submitting a Managerial Roundtable assignment. You should be able to go to your Group's site in this module, and log onto your group's site, but no other.
SMALL GROUP ASSIGNMENTS
For your first managerial roundtable, choose a product and a country to which you wish to export that product. Prepare an export plan that details factors that must be considered and how those factors apply to your particular product and export plans. In addition to addressing factors that you think important in preparing your export plan, you should also address the following specifically legal issues:
--You are running an informational web site for your business. Customers must call your 800 number to place an order. A customer in Alaska is very unhappy with your product. Can they successfully sue in Alaska?You decide you want to be clear in all your future dealings, so you insert a choice of forum clause in all of your contracts with your customers that stipulates arbitration in NY under the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Would this be enforceable? What if the forum clause stated that all disputes would be heard in Tibet?
--What ramifications are there to changing your web site and making it more interactive so that people can place orders there?
--What if your competitor is using your trade secrets and your patents without your permission or payment, would you be interested in arbitrating this dispute? Explain.
Your end product should be a memo of approximately 3-4 screens.