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Globalization Continues – And Multinationals Play by Rules Set by Other Nations (Despite What Trump Says)

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School  Globalization is driven by two inexorable logical constructs: (1) Multinational companies go and sell where enough customers are located, serving foreign markets by whatever means possible. And: (2) Multinational companies produce (or outsource) wherever it is rational or cheap to do so following the rules of various countries … Continue reading Globalization Continues – And Multinationals Play by Rules Set by Other Nations (Despite What Trump Says)

Global Leadership in an Era of Growing Nationalism, Protectionism, and Anti-Globalization (Part 2)

2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School  In my earlier post about how to measure globalization,[1] I concluded that globalization is here to stay—and will continue to converge nations, culturally and economically, indefinitely. At the same time, leaders such as Trump, Le Pen, Erdogan, and Duterte espouse an anti-globalization backlash, emphasizing “my country first” policies. … Continue reading Global Leadership in an Era of Growing Nationalism, Protectionism, and Anti-Globalization (Part 2)

What Is Globalization? How to Measure It and Why Many Oppose It (Part 1)

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School The rise of nationalistic political leaders has spanned the globe—from Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen in the West, to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Middle East, to Narendra Modi and Rodrigo Duterte in the East. To varying degrees, each of these leaders espouses an “our country … Continue reading What Is Globalization? How to Measure It and Why Many Oppose It (Part 1)

What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? An Estimate of Jobs and Money Involved in the Bilateral Economic Tie

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School NOTES ABOUT THIS POST:  •  This is an updated version of my January 15, 2017 post.  •  A version of this post was also published by Rutgers Business Review.  Recommended Citation: Contractor, Farok J. What is at stake in China-US relations? an estimate of jobs and money involved in the … Continue reading What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? An Estimate of Jobs and Money Involved in the Bilateral Economic Tie

Four Salient Facts about the Chinese Yuan

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School On February 23, 2017, just hours after his new Treasury secretary pledged a more methodical approach to analyzing Beijing's foreign exchange practices, President Donald Trump declared: "Well...I think they're grand champions at manipulation of currency. So I haven't held back.... We'll see what happens."  — Reuters Four Salient Facts: … Continue reading Four Salient Facts about the Chinese Yuan

Tax “Amnesty” for Multinationals—But Not for Illegal Immigrants

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School Republicans want a one-time tax of the money currently stashed overseas at a "tax holiday" rate of 8.75 percent, according to the House blueprint, while Trump has called for 10 percent. (Reuters, January 25, 2017)[1] As a professor of International Business I am in favor of ethical business, … Continue reading Tax “Amnesty” for Multinationals—But Not for Illegal Immigrants

What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? Job and Money Calculations Under Various (Trumpian) Scenarios

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School This post was updated on March 10, 2017 as “What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? An Estimate of Jobs and Money Involved in the Bilateral Economic Tie”—click to be automatically redirected. A shorter version was published as an article on YaleGlobal Online February 28, 2017, as  “Disrupting US-China Relations Will Incur … Continue reading What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? Job and Money Calculations Under Various (Trumpian) Scenarios

Second Helping: Thanksgiving Day and Globalization

Last year’s Thanksgiving reflections (click to read: November 27, 2015) provided interesting historical perspectives and fun facts about Plimoth Colony and Plantation, an Amazing native American named Tisquantum (“Squanto”), and the Mexican origins of our favorite Thanksgiving entree: turkey. This year on our national day of gratitude, THE CONVERSATION published a refreshed version of last year’s post today entitled  Why we have globalization to thank … Continue reading Second Helping: Thanksgiving Day and Globalization

The G20 Summit in China: An Annual “Talking Shop”? Or a Potential Bedrock of Global Civilization?

© 2016 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School Note: A version of this article was also published on The Conversation as How the G20 can ensure the marvelous gains from globalization aren't lost. What do summits such as the G20 accomplish? Posing for pictures after their summit, the leaders of the G20, a mixed bag of … Continue reading The G20 Summit in China: An Annual “Talking Shop”? Or a Potential Bedrock of Global Civilization?

Globalization’s Angst and the “Brexit” Vote

© 2016 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School A version of this post also appeared as a featured article at  YaleGlobal on June 28, 2016. angst noun: “a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general”[1] The UK—an almost insignificant island on … Continue reading Globalization’s Angst and the “Brexit” Vote