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What is the impact of the Internet on international business - which companies and which countries will gain as Internet usage increases throughout the world and which will lose?


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September 20, 2012 6:20AM

Students who attend a college or university that has international programs will probably find this question interesting. Students who do not have international programs available to them can still find the question worth considering if they use a little imagination. The text defines international organizations to include public sector organizations that cross national borders. With this definition in mind, a college or university could very well be considered an international organization. However, it is important to consider the type of international programs an institution has to offer. For example, one could argue that a university that simply offers several courses that deal with international business is not an international organization because the institution at that point does not cross borders (see definition above). In contrast, it could be argued that a university that offers courses in international business and also offers a student exchange program is an international organization because the missing element in the previous example (of crossing borders) is fulfilled with the exchange program. The key point in this question, therefore, is to determine exactly when international programs make a college or university an international organization.