DFI Strategy JCPenney has recognized numerous opportunities to expand in foreign countries and has assessed many foreign markets, including Brazil, Greece, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, and Thailand. It has opened new stores in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In each case, the firm was aware that it did not have sufficient understanding of the culture of each country that it had targeted. Consequently, it engaged in joint ventures with local partners who knew the preferences of the local customer
a. What comparative advantage does JCPenney have when establishing a store in a foreign country, relative to an independent variety store?
b. Why might the overall risk of JCPenney decrease or increase as a result of its recent global expansion?
c. JCPenney has been more cautious about entering China. Explain the potential obstacles associated with entering China.