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Global Perspective Archive

December 17, 2008

Follow the Customer, Follow the Car

Global companies today can learn from the Japanese enterprises that thrived during the country’s “lost decade.”
December 9, 2008

Taiwan Is Open for Business

A heightened level of access to Taiwan from mainland China means new opportunities for foreign investors.
December 2, 2008

Transforming an Adversarial Relationship

A survey of automakers and their suppliers unearths the management prerequisites for working together profitably.
November 25, 2008

Growing Pains in Vietnam

For the past five years, foreign direct investment in Vietnam has surged, which has brought good news and bad to the country.
November 25, 2008

Beyond Borders: The Global Innovation 1000

This year’s annual Booz & Company study of corporate R&D spending reveals, for the first time, where in the world the money is being spent — and why.
November 25, 2008

Best Business Books 2008: Globalization

Asia As It Is
November 18, 2008

China’s Long Road to Innovation

Beijing is mandating an increase in home-grown R&D, but Chinese companies face long odds in meeting international standards of innovation.
November 11, 2008

Don’t Be Afraid of the Bear

Foreign banks can find opportunity in Russia if they are willing to navigate the risks.
November 4, 2008

Pitting Latin Multinationals against Established Giants

To succeed globally, “multilatinas” — and all aspiring international companies from developing nations — must make rapid strides in governance, transparency, and executive appointments.
October 21, 2008

Is Backshoring the New Offshoring?

The business press is touting a return of offshored jobs to the U.S. — but we’re not buying it.
October 14, 2008

Knowledge-based Sourcing in China

Structural shifts in the Asian giant’s economy are forcing companies to adopt deeper and more personal strategies for supplier relationships.
August 26, 2008

A Growth Strategy for the Long Term

Economies that depend primarily on a single resource are exposed to ongoing shocks, but an export-based diversification strategy can alleviate the tremors.
August 26, 2008

Smarter Medicine

How the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revolutionized the way vaccines are delivered.
August 26, 2008

The Rise of the New Blue Chips

Competitive companies from emerging economies are vying on the same level in mergers with the most powerful corporations in the West.
August 26, 2008

The Case for Hands-on Education

To compete in science and technology, a former astronaut says, schools must augment rote learning with exploration and experimentation.
July 29, 2008

The Decline of the Expat Executive

Peter Felix, president of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, discusses the new effort by multinationals to hire local executives in foreign locales.
July 22, 2008

Sidestepping Disaster

Extending supply chains to low-cost nations may make economic sense, but disruptions from natural catastrophes can drown the gains.
July 8, 2008

The New Chinese Environment

To do business in China, companies can no longer ignore their effect on the country’s water and air.
July 1, 2008

Building the Perfect Workforce

Community college partnerships are training workers with made-to-order skills.
June 24, 2008

Indian Outsourcers Go Global

Facing mounting competitive pressure, India’s biggest firms are reshaping themselves as multinationals.
June 10, 2008

Islamic Finance Goes Global

Islamic finance is a a major opportunity for banks.
June 10, 2008

The Making of a Market-Minded Environmentalist

How I stopped looking at industry as the enemy and enlisted it as an ally in fighting climate change.
June 10, 2008

Building the Sustainable City

How governments and private business can foster environmentally sensitive urban planning.
June 10, 2008

The Forgotten Lessons of the Marshall Plan

To combat poverty in Africa, government should redirect aid to foster local business.
June 10, 2008

The Next Industrial Imperative

Facing up to climate change requires a revolution in business thinking.
June 10, 2008

Start with Sourcing

Procurement lies at the heart of a successful green strategy.
June 10, 2008

The Critical Enabler

As businesses improve their environmental performance, government should be a powerful partner.
June 3, 2008

Friendlier Skies

Consolidation in the increasingly competitive European airline industry has been long delayed, but the wait is coming to an end.
May 6, 2008

The Next Empire

What can the U.S. do to maintain its competitive position against the E.U. and China? Foreign policy scholar Parag Khanna believes the answer lies right under our noses.
April 15, 2008

The Truth about Exports

The numbers may be rosy, but the U.S. export initiative is still hobbled.
April 1, 2008

Competing on the Eco Front

Environmentally friendly countries have a leg up in the competition for international travelers, but sustaining that advantage takes work.
March 18, 2008

China’s Shifting Competitive Equation

Multinational companies must respond to China’s rising costs by bringing their own global best practices to its shores.
February 26, 2008

The Myth of Cost-Benefit Analysis

The U.S. government’s method for evaluating risk isn’t as objective as it’s made out to be.
February 26, 2008

Twenty Hubs and No HQ

A new form of global organization grounded in “gateway” countries can allow a company to operate profitably around the world.
February 26, 2008

Oasis Economies

Surrounded by tension and unnoticed by many observers, the nations of the Middle East are building their own kind of sustainable prosperity.
February 26, 2008

Pankaj Ghemawat: The Thought Leader Interview

The seer of “semiglobalization” argues for appreciating regional distinctions.
February 26, 2008

On Track for Growth

How the railroad industry is reinventing itself as a customer-conscious business.
February 26, 2008

Convenors of Capability

A community center founded in Hurricane Katrina’s wake shows how megacommunity efforts can bring people the help they need to rebuild.
February 5, 2008

Travel 2.0

Winning over the travelers of the future will require technologies that, like human travel agents, can segment customers accurately and give them what they want.
January 29, 2008

A Challenge for India

N.R. Narayana Murthy, chief mentor and cofounder of Infosys Technologies, sees a bright future for developing countries — if they can use their success to address the problems of poverty.