“Taking a systems perspective to explain globalisation, this book succeeds in demarcating certain assumptions in order to understand globalisation as an ongoing process.”
—THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS
Globalization is more than a buzzword; it is a complex and evolving process that continually reshapes our environment. Developments around the world in religion, politics, culture, macroeconomics, technology and sustainability all impact business at some level; this book helps students understand the bigger picture of our global business world.
Written in an engaging style, Globalization: A Multidisciplinary System argues for a careful consideration of the causes and effects of globalization, ending with a review of the debate for and against it. Packed with relevant examples and case studies, this book introduces the multidimensionality of globalization, reveals its complexity, and provides a systems framework that clarifies the context of globalization and helps students understand what globalization entails—and then helps them derive implications for business decisions from it.
Features and Benefits
- Translates the fundamental systems model into an accessible analytical framework so students can clearly grasp the nuances of this area of study
- Examines the multidimensional nature of the globalization system and integrates the systems perspective throughout the book, encouraging students to think differently and comprehensively about globalization
- Offers a readable style with brief case studies that clearly illustrate chapter themes and discussion questions that trigger further thought
- Additional instructor's resources are available from the author. Please contact him directly at email@example.com
This book is an excellent supplement for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses in International Business, International Economics, International Relations or Cross-Cultural Management.
Chapter 4: Preserving Cultural Diversity
Preserving Cultural Diversity
I asked a friend in Japan what she thought of globalization. “I was in Paris last year,” she said, “and I was surprised to see so many Starbucks. It's sad how things are becoming standardized.” Starbucks is a chain of coffee shops, inspired by those found in Italy, that began in the United States and has spread to many countries, existing alongside the typical Parisian coffee shops. It's not that she did not like Starbucks coffee, but when seeing the same standard format shops like McDonald's, or Starbucks everywhere in the world, she feared that there would be less of a variety of cultural experiences in the future. Do these represent a homogenization of culture around the world on account ...