GMAT Essay Topic 617 - "The rise of multinational corporations is leading to global homogeneity * . Because people everywhere are beginning to want the same products and services, regional differences are rapidly disappearing." * homogeneity: sameness, similarity Discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the opinion expressed above. Support your point of view with reasons and/or examples from your own experience, observations, or reading.

Author: weloved | Date: February 13, 2012 | Score:5

Some people think that the rise of multinational corporations accelerate globalization, so every region turns into the same. Others support the claim that regional difference cannot disappear even though multinational corporations develop more. This issue is controversial one but a closer examina...

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With the development of multinational corporations, people in Europe could also enjoy the products invented by Asians. Thus, there comes a question: will this development lead to global homogeneity? Views then differ greatly when it comes to the issue of whether this kind of change makes the regional difference disappeared? Some people contend that since people start to enjoy the same service and purchase the same products, this rise will definitely let everyone become homogeneous, while others disagree with this contention. As far as I am concerned, I am of the opinion that people in one country still have tastes different from that in the other country, for two reasons: the variety of culture and different traditions.

The main reason affecting my position is that when people are from different cultures, it is difficult to influence these people by just providing the same services or products. Take the food for example. People in Thailand enjoy spicy food, whereas people in Japan enjoy mild food. Even if a Japanese food corporation starts to set up a branch in Thailand, this company will tend to change its recipe a little bit to fit the taste of Thai people. Such an example shows that culture is a gating that makes people possess their own styles.

Another reason influencing my point of view is that since every country will have its own tradition, some products or services are popular in one country will be deemed dangerous in other countries. For instance, people in mid-east are more conservative than people in the United States. Some fancy brand that American women persue may make no difference for mid-east women. Therefore, it is clear that people would not follow a fashion just because it is popular in other countries.

Admittedly, someone would argue that Korean singers are also popular in Taiwan, the face that demonstrates the idea in the opinion author mentioned. However, many teenagers in Taiwan do not appreciate Korean singers; instead, these teenagers prefer Japanese singers. It is then help explain that the rise of multinational corporation will not lead to a homogeneity.

Considering the unique style and taste a country, an international brand will decide to make a product or a service that fit one country's culture and tradition. Hence, the influence of a multinational company is limited. Of course, there might be other perspectives that I neglected to take into account. Nevertheless, I feel that, for the above-mentioned, my position is built on a solid foundation.

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