The Choice between Progress and the Planet

This study explores, with a particular focus on the Australian political context, how the ethical impacts of pursuing effective climate change policy have been diluted by the singular focus on economic implications. The paper uses critical discourse analysis to examine examples of political speeches and documents. It gives an historical overview of political problems of pursuing climate policy (Australia has had five prime ministers in six years, all of them whose political incumbency has pivoted around their positions on climate change.) The paper then discusses more generally, why economics has become the dominant narrative and the arguments for considering climate change as a moral or ethical issue, hence the title “the choice between progress or the planet.”

Perceptions on Negotiation Behavior in a Global Firm

The success of international business depends on effective negotiations that transpire in a specific environment determined by time, surrounding, place, culture, and people. Culture and negotiation research contributed to clarify and identify the need for further research on negotiation behaviour, with specific reference to a global perspective, as this has been an untapped area of research especially on the African continent. This study investigated the influence of the international marketing environment, awareness of negotiation skills, interest groups and negotiation atmosphere on negotiation behaviour of marketers in a global firm. This study also assessed the impact of negotiation behaviour on business agreements based on trust and certainty and level of business negotiator’s commitment. Self-administered questionnaires were used for data collection from global firms’ marketers and their management representatives. Findings of this study promote unambiguous business guidelines and policies regarding reasonable government concessions, tax and interest rates strategies, and fair business policies that can benefit and promote local businesses and government and negotiators in respect of international trade negotiations and business practices. A positive business relationship is created on trust and a high-level of commitment which should be of great satisfaction to negotiating parties for future prospective negotiations.

Creating Word-of-Mouth Support for a Political Rally: The Power of Media Photographs

This study extends on previous research where it was found that media bias could be detected when applying the elements of social proof to photographic coverage of a political rally. The purpose of this study was to understand if the selection and presentation of biased media photographs could compel individuals to act as an agent of the rally and speak positively of the movement to other people. Results showed strong statistical support that individuals were willing to speak positively of the rally to family members, people they know and strangers. Practical implications for public relations practitioners are discussed.