Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School A Podcast from the Yale Podcast Network Recorded by Hira Jafri, Director of Global Programs, the MacMillan Center, Yale University The pushback against globalization—manifested in the Brexit vote, support for nationalist leaders like Trump, and protectionist tariffs—stems from (somewhat overblown) anxieties about cultural identity, stagnating incomes among the lower … Continue reading Yale Podcast: Where Do Brexit and Anti-Globalization Sentiments Come From?
© 2019, Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School This is an updated and revised version of the June 14, 2018 post: The “Star-Spangled Banner” and an Early Example of Outsourcing: The American National Anthem Was Composed on a Ship Built in India The featured image of the Stars and Stripes above is housed at … Continue reading From Bombay to Baltimore: Was the American national anthem composed on a ship built in India at the Wadia Shipyard?
© 2018 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers University A cause for celebration: The 17th-century English settlers survived starvation and death thanks to the help of Native American “Indians,” who taught them how to plant native crops and where to hunt and fish. Having just returned to the US in time for Thanksgiving with my family … Continue reading The Globalization of Thanksgiving Day
© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School See the updated and revised version of this post, July 11, 2019: From Bombay to Baltimore: Was the American national anthem composed on a ship built in India at the Wadia Shipyard? The featured image of the Stars and Stripes above is housed at the Smithsonian. On several … Continue reading The “Star-Spangled Banner” and an Early Example of Outsourcing: The American National Anthem Was Composed on a Ship Built in India
© 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)
2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School In Part 1, my post about how to measure globalization, 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, Erdoğan, and Duterte espouse an anti-globalization backlash, emphasizing “my country first” … Continue reading Global Leadership in an Era of Growing Nationalism, Protectionism, and Antiglobalization (Part 2)
© 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)
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. Today, on our national day of gratitude, THE CONVERSATION published a refreshed version of last year’s post: Why we have globalization to thank for Thanksgiving. (Note: … Continue reading Second Helping: Thanksgiving Day and Globalization
© 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?
© 2016 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School A version of this post also appeared as a featured article at YaleGlobal Online Also listen to the Podcast Where Do Brexit and Anti-Globalization Sentiments Come From? Recorded by Hira Jafri, Director of Global Programs, Yale MacMillan Center and see 11/26/19 Post angst noun: “a feeling of deep … Continue reading Globalization’s Angst and the “Brexit” Vote