Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Book Blurb: Globality

Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything By Hal Sirkin, Jim Hemerling, Arindam Bhattacharya
(c) 2008
Business Pluss
304p

Globalization is about Americans outsourcing product development and services to other countries. Globality is the next step, where rapidly developing economies from around the world are now competing with us head to head. The authors present a strong case that the economic climate in which we have lived is going to change in unprecedented ways.

I've been interested in the global aspects of the economy ever since my husband got hired by a Silicon Valley start up whose home office was in India and most of whose top management positions were filled by men and women from India. While we lived there I was fascinated to see all the many nations represented by those living in our neighborhood, riding the bus, walking the street, eating with their families at the next table and so forth.

I identified by accent, language, dress or conversation people from Japan, Korea, several Latin American countries, Canada, Australia, China, several Middle East and several African countries. I knew I was witnessing some kind of phenomena and started noticing titles at the library about globalization that seemed to be relevant so I began reading about that in a casual way. But my casual interest was soon to become highly focused.

We were living in the Silicon Valley when the tech bubble burst and that company had to close all its U. S. branches putting Ed out of a job. There is nothing like loosing the only paycheck in the family to focus your attention. So when we got settled again here in Oregon, I began to study economics in a systematic way at the University of the Public Library. This book will go into the mix and, I believe, its subject could not be more relevant to the recent headlines

Read an excerpt.

As announced in this post, this is the twelfth and last of twelve Book Blurbs I plan to do for the review copies I received from Hachette books in August. There will also be more substantial book reviews for each of them as either Ed or I read them.

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