The Global Environment Of Business

Paperback | April 26, 2009

byFrederick Guy

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The globalization of business activity: whether you love it or hate it, it affects you. What causes it, how different countries deal with it, and what the future might hold for it are all key questions which The Global Environment of Business answers. It traces the growth of big business, thecomings and goings of economic globalization over two centuries, and compares the institutional environments and track records of business in a selection of countries on every continent today. It examines the role of local and regional clusters of small and medium-sized companies, and the obstacleswhich both oil wealth, and concentrated land ownership, pose for poor countries trying to develop. The final chapter assesses the sustainability of global business in the context of climate change and growth of regional blocs. Changing forms of business organization; changing technology; who winsand who loses; all are kept in sight throughout the book.Frederick Guy pulls together all these various themes. Employing clear, vivid examples, narrative structures, and stories, it is not a dry textbook. Economic, political, and sociological theories are used, explained, evaluated; and employed to knit together a collection of vivid examples andcases.

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The globalization of business activity: whether you love it or hate it, it affects you. What causes it, how different countries deal with it, and what the future might hold for it are all key questions which The Global Environment of Business answers. It traces the growth of big business, thecomings and goings of economic globalization...

Frederick Guy is a lecturer in the Department of Management at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was born in San Francisco. He received his BS in the Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley, and his PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He worked for ten y...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:April 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199206635

ISBN - 13:9780199206636

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Part I: Background: Technology, Business Organization, and Politics1. High Fixed Costs, Mass Production, and the Origins of the Large Corporation2. Globalization Comes and Goes: the End of Free Trade in the Late 19th Century3. Mass Production and Lean ProductionPart II: Globalization4. GlobalizationPart III: Different Ways of Doing Business5. Clusters: Location in the Global Economy6. Varieties of Capitalism7. Up From Poverty: Some Issues in Economic DevelopmentPart IV: The future8. Regionalism, the Natural Environment, and the End of Global Market Liberalization