Auteur : John A. Byrne
Date de l'info : 17 décembre 2014
Say the word “globalization” out loud. I dare you.
Bet you get some dirty looks. They’re probably picturing “Barry” from Bangalore troubleshooting their computer or Rosa from Reynosa swiping their cushy union job. No, you won’t find much nuance when it comes to globalization. Most people view it as either a growing threat or a cure-all. And there isn’t much middle ground.
On one side, globalization is a sinister force, blamed for stagnant wages, trade imbalances, market volatility, and accelerated climate change. On the other side, you’ll find the advocates who view globalization as the path to peace, fairness, and prosperity, where openness and competition increase variety and reduce costs.
Whether you’re looking to prop up or upend the old order, you’re bound to create conflict. Call globalization the Rorschach test of our generation. Question is, are the sides debating the facts…or their perception of reality? That’s the central question behind Pankaj Ghemawat’s Globalization of Business Enterprise MOOC starting January 19th. Based on Ghemawat’s research, the course questions whether we’re really debating globalization per se.
In reality, globalization is still in its relative infancy according to Ghemawat, who is ranked among the 50 greatest management thinkers of all-time by The Economist. Despite technology and supply chains that supposedly draw us together, we’re really not all that connected in Ghemawat’s view. For example, only 5 to 10 percent of charitable giving ever goes outside a home country according to Ghemawat’s book World 3.0. While Japan is ranked as the fourth largest trader, exports account for 13 percent of their GDP.
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