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CHAPTER ONE OVERVIEW - CHAPTERONEOVERVIEW This chapter sets...

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CHAPTER ONE OVERVIEW This chapter sets the scene for the rest of the book. It shows how the world economy is becoming more global and reviews the main drivers of globalization, arguing that they seem to be thrusting nation-states toward a more tightly integrated global economy. We looked at how the nature of international business is changing in response to the changing global economy; we discussed some concerns raised by rapid globalization; and we reviewed implications of rapid globalization for individual managers. The chapter made the following points: 1. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the globalization of markets and production. 2. The globalization of markets implies that national markets are merging into one huge marketplace. However, it is important not to push this view too far. 3. The globalization of production implies that firms are basing individual productive activities at the optimal world locations for the particular activities. As a consequence, it is
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