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Globalization, Competitiveness, and Governability

The Three Disruptive Forces of Business in the 21st Century


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Ricardo Ernst, Jerry Haar
    Pages 1-24
  3. Ricardo Ernst, Jerry Haar
    Pages 25-46
  4. Ricardo Ernst, Jerry Haar
    Pages 47-67
  5. Ricardo Ernst, Jerry Haar
    Pages 69-96
  6. Ricardo Ernst, Jerry Haar
    Pages 97-124
  7. Ricardo Ernst, Jerry Haar
    Pages 125-144
  8. Ricardo Ernst, Jerry Haar
    Pages 145-163
  9. Ricardo Ernst, Jerry Haar
    Pages 165-170
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 171-184

About this book


“Ricardo Ernst and Jerry Haar make a compelling case that three transformative forces—globalization, competitiveness and governability—are collectively impacting the 21st century business environment and especially disrupting technology, supply chains, and financial services.”

César Cernuda, President, Microsoft Latin America

“This book places competitiveness at the top of the business and policy agendas, making the case for smart governance to align interests and efficiency considerations. A must read for global managers.” 

Mauro F. Guillén, Zandman Professor, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, USA

“Ricardo Ernst and Jerry Haar are the first scholars to illuminate synergies between globalization, competitiveness and governability.  Their analysis offers remarkable insights to business firms, policy officials and academics.” 

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

This book argues that three powerful symbiotic forces (globalization, competitiveness, and governability) are disrupting business in the 21st century, resulting in an impact on the economic and business environment far greater than the effects of any of these three individually. Both globalization and competitiveness are governed essentially by market forces that force the introduction of significant changes aimed at increasing efficiency so that a better use may be made of the advantages of globalization (i.e., the traditional “invisible” hand). Responsibility for bringing about these changes lies not only with the private sector but also with the government (i.e., the “visible” hand).

Readers will find in this book an explanation of how globalization, competitiveness, and governability define the context of global business.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

About the authors

Ricardo Ernst is the Baratta Chair in Global Business and Professor of Operations and Global Logistics, Managing Director of the Global Business Initiative, Managing Director of the Latin American Board and former Deputy Dean, all at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, USA. He is co-author of Innovation in Emerging Markets and Global Operations and Logistics.

Jerry Haar is a professor of international business and director of Executive & Professional Education in the College of Business at Florida International University, USA. He is also a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a senior research fellow at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He is the author/editor of 17 books, including The Future of Entrepreneurship in Latin America and Innovation in Emerging Markets.

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