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Economic Environment of Business Q.6 What is E-Commerce? Discuss objectives and benefits of E-commerce.

What is E-Commerce: E-Commerce is a general term for any type of business, or commercial transaction that involves the transfer of information across the Internet. Electronic Commerce (EC) is the paperless exchange of business information using Electronic Data Interchange. E-Commerce consists of the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks. This covers a range of different types of businesses, from consumer-based retail sites to business exchanges trading goods or services between corporations. Technological developments are allowing users to order to deliver goods and services over the web and even make payments online. Electronic Commerce has expanded rapidly over the past five years and this growth is forecast to continue or even accelerate. E-commerce has indeed started or made people think to change the way business is done or we shop. Progressive companies have started taking initiative to enable their business over the web to avoid being left out when E-commerce takes a definite shape Typical Objectives of E- commerce 1. To communicate company name, its strong points, products and services, benefits, prices, customer list, etc. to new customers & prospects 2. To build national web presence on-line

3. To achieve increased sales volume through on-line 4. To reduce overall marketing expenses 5. To cut costs of printing marketing materials
6. To enhance customer service

7. To provide instant information to prospects and customers 8. To use the Internet to showcase product or service 9. To offer an interactive web demo that sells product
The Benefits of E-commerce:

E-commerce allows people to carry out businesses without the barriers of time or distance. One can log on to the Internet at any point of time, be it day or night and purchase or sell anything one desires at a single click of the mouse.

The direct cost-of-sale for an order taken from a web site is lower than through traditional means as there is no human interaction during the on-line electronic purchase

order process. Also, electronic selling virtually eliminates processing errors, as well as being faster and more convenient for the visitor.
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Ecommerce is ideal for niche products. Customers for such products are usually few. Ecommerce is the cheapest means of doing business. Ecommerce has provided the solution by decimating the costs, which are incurred. From the buyer’s perspective also e-commerce offers a lot of tangible advantages. 1. Reduction in buyer’s sorting out time. 2. Better buyer decisions 3. Less time is spent in resolving invoice and order discrepancies. 4. Increased opportunities for buying alternative products.

The strategic benefit of making a business ‘ecommerce enabled’, is that it helps reduce the delivery time, labour cost and the cost incurred in the following areas: 5. Document preparation 6. Error detection and correction 7. Reconciliation 8. Mail preparation 9. Telephone calling 10. Data entry 11. Overtime 12. Supervision expenses Operational benefits of e commerce include reducing both the time and personnel required to complete business processes, and reducing strain on other resources. ____________________________________________________________________________ Q. Explain the functions of IMF Functions of IMF The IMF is the world's central organization for international monetary cooperation. It is an organization in which almost all countries in the world work together to promote the common good.The IMF's primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system —the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to buy goods and services from each other. This is essential for sustainable economic

growth and rising living standards. Another purpose is to maintain stability and prevent crises in the international monetary system, the IMF reviews national, regional, and global economic and financial developments. It provides advice to its 184 member countries, encouraging them to adopt policies that foster economic stability, reduce their vulnerability to economic and financial crises, and raise living standards, and serves as a forum where they can discuss the national, regional, and global consequences of their policies. The IMF also makes financing temporarily available to member countries to help them address balance of payments problems—that is, when they find themselves short of foreign exchange because their payments to other countries exceed their foreign exchange earnings. And it provides technical assistance and training to help countries build the expertise and institutions they need for economic stability and growth. The IMF performs three main activities:
1. monitoring national, global, and regional economic and financial developments and

advising member countries on their economic policies "surveillance"
2. lending members hard currencies to support policy programs designed to correct

balance of payments problems
3. offering technical assistance in its areas of expertise, as well as training for government

and central bank officials

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Global and Regional surveillance IMF does reviews by the IMF's Executive Board of

global economic trends and developments. The main reviews are based on World Economic Outlook reports and the Global Financial Stability Report, which covers developments, prospects, and policy issues in international financial markets; both reports are normally published twice a year. In addition, the Executive Board holds more frequent informal discussions on world economic and market developments. Regional surveillance involves examination by the IMF of policies pursued under regional arrangements. IMF pays close
attention to the impact of the larger economies' policies on smaller economies. It also studies the impact of global economic and financial conditions on the economic performance of individual countries and the repercussions of national policies at the regional level.

2. Lending to countries in difficulty Any member country—rich or poor—can turn to the IMF for financing if it has a balance of payments need—that is, if it cannot find sufficient financing on affordable terms in the capital markets to make its international payments and maintain an appropriate level of reserves. The IMF is not an aid agency or a development bank. Its loans are intended to help its members tackle balance of payments problems, stabilize their economies, and restore sustainable

economic growth. Unlike the World Bank and other development agencies, the IMF does not finance projects. 3. Technical assistance and training
The IMF is best known for its policy advice and its loans to countries in times of economic crisis. But the IMF also shares its expertise with member countries by providing technical assistance and training in a wide range of areas, such as central banking, monetary and exchange rate policy, tax policy and administration, and official statistics. The objective is to help improve the design and implementation of members' economic policies, including by strengthening skills in institutions such as finance ministries and central banks. __________________________________________________________________________

Q. What is economic environment? Discuss capitalism, Socialism and Mix economy. Ans . Various environmental factors such as economic environment, socio-cultural environment, political, technological, demographic and international, affect the business and its working. Out of these factors economic environment is the most important factor. Those Economic factors which have their affect on the working of the business is known as economic environment. It includes system, policies and nature of an economy, trade cycles, economic resources, level of income, distribution of income and wealth etc. Economic environment is very dynamic and complex in nature. It does not remain the same. It keeps on changing from time to time with the changes in an economy like change in Govt. policies, political situations. Elements of Economic Environment:- It has mainly five main components:1. Economic Conditions 2. Economic System 3. Economic Policies 4. International Economic Environment 5. Economic Legislations Economic Systems:- An Economic System of a nation or a country may be defined as a framework of rules, goals and incentives that controls economic relations among people in a society. It also helps in providing framework for answering the basic economic questions. Different countries of a world have different economic systems and the prevailing economic system in a country affect the business units to a large extent. Economic conditions of a nation can be of any one of the following type:-

1. Capitalism:- The economic system in which business units or factors of production are
privately owned and governed is called Capitalism. The profit earning is the sole aim of the business units. Government of that country does not interfere in the economic activities of the country. It is also known as free market economy. All the decisions relating to the economic activities are privately taken. Examples of Capitalistic Economy:- England, Japan, America etc. 2. Socialism:- Under socialism economic system, all the economic activities of the country are controlled and regulated by the Government in the interest of the public. The first country to adopt this concept was Soviet Russia. The two main forms of Socialism are: (a) Democratic Socialism:- All the economic activities are controlled and regulated by the government but the people have the freedom of choice of occupation and consumption. (b) Totalitarian Socialism:- This form is also known as Communism. Under this, people are obliged to work under the directions of Government. 3. Mixed Economy:- The economic system in which both public and private sectors co-exist is known as Mixed Economy. Some factors of production are privately owned and some are owned by Government. There exists freedom of choice of occupation and consumption. Both private and public sectors play key roles in the development of the country. _________________________________________________________________________ Q. Define Social Responsibility of Business. How corporate houses protect

environment? Ans. Social responsibility is a voluntary effort on the part of business to take various steps to satisfy the expectation of the different interest groups. Another definition of CSR is that it is voluntary approach that a business enterprise takes to meet or exceed stakeholder expectations by integrating social, ethical, and environmental concerns together with the usual measures of revenue, profit, and legal obligation. Business come forward and be responsible towards interest groups considering the following points: i. Public Image - The activities of business towards the welfare of the society earn goodwill and reputation for the business. ii. Government Regulation - To avoid government regulations businessmen should

discharge their duties voluntarily. iii. Survival and Growth -Every business is a part of the society. So for its survival and growth, support from the society is very much essential. iv. Employee satisfaction - Besides getting good salary and working in a healthy atmosphere, employees also expect other facilities like proper accommodation, transportation, education and training. v. Consumer Awareness - Now-a-days consumers have become very conscious about their rights. They protest against the supply of inferior and harmful products by forming different groups. .Business Responsibility for protect environment Protection Firms have a moral or social responsibility to commit resources to environmental protection There are companies to commit resources voluntarily to environmental protection. The importance of CSR has increased with globalization, as both investors and customers have become highly sensitive to societal and environment issues. According to Dr. Madhav Mehra (Mehra), President of the UK-based World Environment Foundation and the World Council for Corporate Governance, the importance of CSR would further increase as the future market would be driven by a younger population (around 54% of India's population is below 25) for whom social, ethical, and environmental issues were very important and who liked to be informed about the organizations they were buying from or investing in. Example: ONGC took several measures to reduce pollution and support conservation of resources through the utilization of waste. The company formulated its Environment Policy as early as 1983 and adopted environment protection as one of its objectives in 1988. It even created a separate department called the Department of Environment (DoE) to ensure that environmental safeguards were in place. The environment policy of the company made it mandatory to submit an "environmental impact assessment report to the DoE at the time of project formulation. ____________________________________________________________________________ Q. 4 Explain the Directive Principles of State Policy What are rationale and extent of state intervention? Ans. the Directive Principles of State Policy are guidelines to the central and state governments of India, to be kept in mind while framing laws and policies. These provisions, contained in Part IV of the Constitution of India, are not enforceable by any court, but the principles laid down

therein are considered fundamental in the governance of the country, making it the duty of the State to apply these principles in making laws to establish a just society in the country. Directive Principles are classified under the following categories: Gandhian, economic and socialistic, political and administrative, justice and legal, environmental, protection of monuments and peace and security Object of the Directive Principles of State Policy The purpose of the Directive Principles is to fix certain social and economic goals for immediate attainment by bring about a non-violent social revolution. 1. Welfare State: The Constitution envisages the establishment of a “Welfare State” at the federal level as well as the State level. In a Welfare State, the primary duty of the Government is to secure the welfare of the people. 2. Social Revolution: The Directive Principles of State Policy set forth the humanitarian socialist precepts that were the aims of the Indian social revolution, i.e., to work for an egalitarian society, where there is no concentration of wealth, where there is plenty, where there is equal opportunity for all, to education, to work, to livelihood and where there is social justice. 3. Emphasizes the ideals of Preamble: The Directive Principles emphasizes the goal of the Indian polity is not laissez faire, but a Welfare State, where the State has a positive duty to ensure to its citizens social and economic justice and dignity of the individual Under Directive Principles of State Policy, it is the duty of the State to apply these principles in making laws. These lay down that the State shall strive to promote the welfare of people by securing and protecting as effectively as it may, a social order, in which justice-social, economic and political-shall form in all institutions of national life. The State shall direct its policy in such a manner as to secure the right of all men and women to an adequate means of livelihood, equal pay for equal work and within limits of its economic capacity and development, to make effective provision for securing the right to work, education and to public assistance in the event of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement or other cases of undeserved want. The State shall also endeavour to secure to workers a living wage, humane conditions of work, a decent standard of life, and full involvement of workers in management of industries. In the economic sphere, the State is to direct its policy in such a manner as to secure distribution of ownership and control of material resources of community to subserve the common good, and

to ensure that operation of economic system does not result in concentration of wealth and means of production to common detriment. Some of the other important directives relate to provision of opportunities and facilities for children to develop in a healthy manner; free and compulsory education for all children up to the age of 14; promotion of education and economic interests of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other weaker sections; organisation of village panchayats; separation of judiciary from executive; promulgation of a uniform civil code for whole country; protection of national monuments; promotion of justice on a basis of equal opportunity; provision of free legal aid; protection and improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests and wildlife of the country; promotion of international peace and security; jonourable relations between nations; respect for international law; treaty obligations; and settlement of international disputes by arbitration. ____________________________________________________________________________