Profile of International Issues
Continuing our cross-cultural discussion of issues, this chapter focuses on the international environment using a similar analytical approach to that used in Chapter 6 (organizational issues) and Chapter 7 (national issues). The international issues addressed in this chapter are related to (1) the economic climate for trade and development, (2) the need to develop resources, (3) the effectiveness of world governance/cooperative organizations, and (4) the emphasis on nationalism. The focus of our analysis is on the significant differences in perceived issues of respondents from each of the eight countries surveyed.
The perceived international economic climate for trade and development as an issue is reflected in the overall socioeconomic and political infrastructure that exists in each country and throughout the international community. This economic climate is reflected in the 17 issue propositions summarized in the following discussion that pertain to various factors such as opportunities for free trade, levels of imports and exports, export incentives, and international facilitators/limiters of trade. The mean response of respondents from each country surveyed, and the average mean (A.M.) of the eight means, are shown for each of the 17 issue propositions. These propositions are among those commonly used when assessing the general international economic climate for trade and development.