Business Across Borders

Authors: Charles Weller Cynthia O'Donoghue Daniel Kadar M. Tamara Box Philip M. Taylor Richard G. Swinburn Roger Parker

Pilfering on the docks of New York City was once so rife that, so one story goes, an Italian shoemaker shipped his goods in two separate consignments – left and right shoes – to prevent them from being stolen. Today, companies doing business across borders might yearn for such a simple problem. On top of a global economic slowdown, they must now contend with everything from regulatory uncertainty and commercial disputes to intellectual property theft.

In Business Across Borders, The Economist Intelligence Unit – on behalf of global law firm Reed Smith – investigates companies’ international strategy, the regulatory obstacles to crossborder business and the risk of international commercial disputes. As part of the research,  the EIU conducted a global survey of 451 executives and interviewed a number of experts and senior business leaders.

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