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How globalized are we?
Thursday, 28 March 2013 05:00

Interpreting measures of globalization is a tricky business.  Small countries will always come out on top.  They have to be global to survive.  Singapore, for example, imports everything, including water.  Large economies like the US score lower, in part because they trade a lot more internally.  And yet they are home to the world’s most global cities, like New York and San Francisco.

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China's foreign investment
Thursday, 28 March 2013 04:54
Foreign direct investment (FDI) coming from Chinese enterprises, especially state-owned enterprises (SOEs), is making waves in countries like Australia, Canada and the United States.
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Asian Migration
Thursday, 28 March 2013 04:47
The US, Canada, UK and Australia are blessed with a wave of skilled migrants from Asia, according to a recent OECD report. Continental Europe, Japan and Korea are missing out on this dynamic.

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Globalization and the challenges of our youth
Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:23

This is the text of a speech that I delivered to a group of students at Tokyo's Keio University on 13 October, 2012.

When I started my international career in 1986 at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the word globalization was never used, for the simple reason that the global economy was not yet globalized.

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Globalization, the word
Sunday, 02 September 2012 18:47

Who was the first person to utter or imagine this terrible word?  Was it, as legend would have us believe, Theodore Levitt, the Harvard Business School marketing professor who in 1983 penned an article for the Harvard Business Review entitled “The Globalization of Markets”?  

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Globalization, development and culture
Sunday, 02 September 2012 18:46

Globalization was created in the West.  Earlier periods include the age of discovery and then the globalization through colonisation in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Modern globalization kicked off after the second world war, as US political and economic leadership led Europe and then Japan to prosperity.

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Global citizens
Sunday, 02 September 2012 18:46

As the following three quotes highlight, the concept of a global citizen is not new.

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