By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett. In 1979, Iran shocked the world—and directly confronted America’s hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East—by charting its own revolutionary course toward participatory Islamist governance and foreign policy independence. Over the past thirty-five years the Islamic Republic of Iran has held dozens of presidential, parliamentary, and local [...]
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By Ibrahim Sirkeci. As the speed of communication and transportation increases, local consumers and organisations are ever more connected but not identical despite the blurring national boundaries. Companies face a tough challenge to achieve efficiencies while customising to the extreme to satisfy “glocal” consumers in this new era of transnational marketing [...]
By Fred Stahl How can American manufacturing recapture its former dominance in the globalized industrial economy? The answer is Worker Leadership, a revolutionary concept for organizing and managing production that creates highly productive jobs loaded with responsibility and authority. Workers love these jobs precisely because they offer big opportunities to be creative and productive. Enterprise [...]
By Charles H. Camp & Theresa Bowman. In recent years, the United Nations has come under attack as wholly inadequate to confront the modern realities of global conflict. Below, Charles H. Camp and Theresa Bowman argue that the central question may become how to balance peacekeeping and humanitarian motives with respect for the norms of state sovereignty.
By Jean Comaroff & John L. Comaroff
Western thought has, from the first, regarded the non-West as a place of antiquarian traditions and unprocessed data. Below, the authors suggest that, in the present moment, it is the global south that affords privileged insight into the workings of the world at large, as old margins become new frontiers.
By Tomás Guerrero The emergence of frontier markets is consolidating South-South relations and speeding up the global economic rebalance. Below, Tomás Guerrero describes how, to ensure long-term growth, driven by the combination of abundant natural resources and low labor costs, this set of countries have begun to put in place mechanisms to solve the difficult [...]
By Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp In an article adapted from Brand Breakout: How Emerging Market Brands Will Go Global, Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp argues that emerging market brands will become increasingly global, and suggests that the strategies these companies should use to build global brands are not traditional. Popular lists of 100 global brands (such as the [...]
The West and the East approach economic development differently. The Europeans and Americans stress free and fair business climate, promoting private activities generally without picking winners, and improving governance. East Asia is more interested in achieving concrete results rather than formal correctness…
By Jayantee Mukherjee Saha & Chris Rowley How can businesses remain sustainable? What is business sustainability all about? What are some of the impacts of globalisation on the sustainability of businesses? Can businesses draw lessons from epics of ancient civilizations? This article explores the idea of sustainability from an ancient Asian, karmic point of view [...]
By Xin Wang & Justin Ren Why has there been hardly any successful entry into China’s e-commerce market by western firms? From consumer-to-consumer markets to online retailing, the authors point out the common pitfalls of those firms entering China, and the unique challenges faced by multinational companies. Through re-thinking how to balance standardization and customization [...]