Who Runs the Show?

Thinking of running a business abroad? If youemploy local people, you’re naturally the boss.But the local government regulates youroperations. So who runs the show?

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG, ONLY CHILD, and my father told me to do something, we would always have this exchange:

Me: Why do I have to do that?

Dad: Because I’m the boss.

Me: Well, then who am I the boss of?

Dad: You’re the boss of the bugs.

It’s sort of a silly little exchange between a father and child, but it reminds me a lot of running a business abroad. As a business’s leader, you play the father role to the local employees, but you also play also the child role to the host-nation’s government.

For the sake of this section, we’ll assume you plan on operating the business ...

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