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SHANGHAI DISNEY: MILESTONE JOINT VENTURE
Rita Lemoine
Southern New Hampshire University

Abstract

This paper examines the significant collaborative efforts of both a U.S. multi-national corporation, The Walt Disney Company and its foreign socialistic counterpart, the Shanghai Shendi Group, Ltd. negotiation of an Equity International Joint Venture agreement. The paper will disclose the joint venture agreement, the financial structure, and funding arrangements for the construction of the Shanghai Disney Resort. Then a SWOT analysis will demonstrate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that could affect The Disney Company’s operations in China according to current economic, political, and legal policies regarding foreign joint ventures. Finally, an assessment of the cultural differences between the two companies in the form of managerial and leadership styles that could hinder the success of this joint venture.

Keywords: Equity International Joint Venture, SWOT analysis, Cultural Dimensions

SUMMARY OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY The Walt Disney Company, the leading producer of family entertainment for the past nine decades, beginning in October 16, 1923 when Walter Elias Disney “signed a contract with M.J. Winkler to produce” a series of cartoons, the early stages of The Disney Brothers Studios, founded by Walter Elias and Roy O. Disney. (Retrieved from “http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/about-disney/disney-history/1920-01-01--1929-12-31”).
The Walt Disney Company’s Mission Statement:
“The Walt Disney Company's objective is to be one of the world's leading producers and providers of entertainment and information, using its portfolio of brands to differentiate its content, services and consumer products. The company's primary financial goals are to maximize earnings and cash flow, and to allocate capital toward growth initiatives that…...

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