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Key Take-Home Messages

The world is changing at a pace that we have never seen before. In order to stay ahead of the curve and remain relevant to employers, we must engage in life-long learning. Globalization is not a zero sum game. Everyone can benefit in a globalized system. Some might benefit more while a couple individuals will […]

Course Synthesis

In this Global Strategy class, I learned about the various international endeavors of various companies. What I found very interesting is the important position that various Asian companies are having on the world. For example, the fact that Huawei is a leading company in global telecommunications is an impressive fact. In light of this, I […]

Global Assessment Reflection

This Illiad Global Assessment challenged my perceived view of the knowledge that I have about various other cultures and about myself. I enjoyed taking the Global Mindset quiz because it showed me that even through my extensive travels and through my various international classes, there is still a lot to learn in the world and […]

Reading Reflections

In our Global Business Strategy, beyond discussing globalization with the insightful speakers already mentioned, we also explored various opinions on globalization by discussing articles, most notably Globalization in Retreat from the Economist, Globaloney from the Washington Post, In Retreat of the Global Economy from the Economist and the Global Presence Framework. Globalization in Retreat from […]

TED Talk: How Ideas Trump Crises, Alex Tabarrok

Opening: Alex Tabarrok starts off by pointing to the negative effects of putting up walls. He points to physical walls like the Berlin Wall, to political walls like the Russian Iron Curtain and to technological walls like a world without the internet to show the lack of economic growth during periods when those walls are […]

Guest Speaker: Nilkanth Avhad, Embassy of India

Nilkanth Avhad’s presentation of the political and business environment was a little more optomistic than Sumona Guha’s. Avhad is an Economic Counselor for the Embassy of India and said much of the same things as did Guha but with a more positive spin. Nilkanth Avhad emphasized India’s growth explaining that the country was opened economically […]

TED Talk: Why Brexit Happened, Alexander Betts

The Opening: Alexander Betts started his talk by an anecdote of his experience on the day after the Brexit vote. He realized that while he couldn’t believe that his countrymen would vote against the EU, he was even more surprised at the fact that he didn’t really know the regions that voted against the EU. […]

Guest Speaker: Sumona Guha, US India Business Council

Tonight, we had the pleasure of hearing from Sumona Guha, Senior Director at the US India Business Council. She gave us a very interesting summary of the developments in India over the past couple of years. Her talk focused mainly on the benefits that have resulted from the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister […]

TED Talk: The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing, Augie Picado

Opening: Augie Picado opens with examples of countries that restrict the economic and political freedoms of its citizens. Those countries are Cuba and North Korea, self-determined isolationist, communist countries. Picado warns that countries should not follow the example of Cuba and North Korea by enacting protectionist policies. Main Points: Picado explains that individuals fear globalization because […]

TED Talk: A Conservative Plea, Arthur Brooks

The Opening: Arthur Brooks starts off with an anecdote about his liberal background. He explains that his family has always been supportive in whatever he has chosen to do …until they thought that he had become a Republican. This leads to Arthur Brooks’ main point: the dangers of political motive asymmetry. Main Points: Brooks affirms […]

Book Reflection: Thank You for Being Late, Thomas Friedman

As a part of the Global Strategy course at the University of Maryland, we are encouraged to read and reflect on Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman. Author of The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman explains how things have changed since the turn of the century and what caused this rapid change. He […]

TED Talk: Navigating Our Global Future, Ian Goldin

The Opening: Ian Goldin starts by saying that the smartest people of the last decade were completely off-base with their predictions for the future. He uses some images of those failed predictions to explain that the world is developing at a rate that no one was expecting and with which no one is familiar. Goldin […]