This is a book about the politics of the global economy -- about how firms prosper by understanding those politics, or fail by misunderstanding them. Understanding the politics of globalization may once have been a luxury; it is now, for most high-level managers, simply a necessity. The book contains cases which can be used by instructors and students to build a framework of analysis that enables them to understand the challenges of international trade and investment and master the opportunities they represent. This framework is based on a systematic evaluation of the informal and formal rules that define markets for goods, services, and capital. These insightful cases allow for evaluation of: the political and economic origins of our current era of globalization and how the rules that constrain and enable firms are changing; the impact of governments policies and which tools are available for predicting, avoiding, or even employing the long arm of the government; and the influence of informal and formal institutions on opportunities for success in international finance and trade.
Contents: The Emerging Challenge of Globalization: American Outsourcing; Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (A): True to Brand?; Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (B): Made in Germany; The Domestic Politics of Globalization: Journey to Sakhalin: Royal Dutch/Shell in Russia (A); Journey to Sakhalin: Royal Dutch/Shell in Russia (B); Journey to Sakhalin: Royal Dutch/Shell in Russia (C); Wal-Mart in Europe; deCODE Genetics: Hunting for Genes to Develop Drugs; Infosys in India: Building a Software Giant in a Corrupt Environment; The Dubai Ports World Debacle and its Aftermath; The International Financial Architecture: Private Capital and Public Policy: Standard & Poor's Sovereign Credit Ratings; Standard and Poor's Sovereign Credit Ratings: Scales and Process; Bohemian Crowns: eskoslovenskA! ObchodnA Banka (A); Bohemian Crowns: eskoslovenskA! ObchodnA Banka (B); Politics and Prudential Supervision: ABN Amro's Bid for Antonveneta (A); Politics and Prudential Supervision: ABN Amro's Bid for Antonveneta (B); European Financial Integration; Chrysanthemum and Dragon: JAFCO Asia in China; The Politics and Rules of International Trade: The Delta Blues: U.S. Vietnam Catfish Trade Dispute (A); The Delta Blues: U.S. Vietnam Catfish Trade Dispute (B); The Market and the Mountain Kingdom: Change in Lesotho's Textile Industry; Life, Death, and Property Rights: The Pharmaceutical Industrial Faces AIDS in Africa; Competition Policy in the European Union and the Power of Microsoft.