The world is less flat

READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION Covid-19 has checked globalization. It’s time for a new deal between business and people The world, author Thomas L Friedman told us in 2005, is flat. As he quite rightly noted, a series of “flatteners” were even then coming together to globalize supply chains, outsource work, offshore work, and otherwise … Read more

Globalization is levelling the playing field

Globalization is levelling the playing field between rich Western nations and the rest, says Ben Walker [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] The striking thing about the global financial crisis of 2008 is what little it changed. Before the maelstrom, the global economy was growing rapidly, globalizing quickly and becoming more … Read more

A shudderingly good account of why ‘glocal’ is the only viable future

  Global companies need to rediscover the power of local talent in foreign markets, while teaching globetrotting executives how to ‘pivot’, says a new book. Its arguments are compelling, says Ben Walker [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] It’s a rare day indeed when reading a book makes you physically shudder, but … Read more

Five great reads on the changing workplace

  Technology, globalization and the ascent into the workplace  of Millennials have brought glittering new opportunities – and  fundamental new challenges – to leaders and managers around the world.  This selection of reading will help leaders navigate their  way through the new business landscape by honing their skills and knowledge for present and future success. … Read more

How to overcome cultural barriers in shining India

  India is brimming with opportunity – but you need to know how it works. Nikhil Raval is your guide [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] India spelled opportunity for Western companies when their own markets were shrinking. Business has shifted eastwards since 2000 and the trend has accelerated after the global financial … Read more

Europe’s borders are coming back

  The Schengen Treaty that allowed free movement of people throughout much of Western Europe is on its knees following the attacks on Paris It was the shared dream of europhiles, free marketers, economic libertarians and social liberals, but the Schengen agreement to allow open borders within the continental EU now looks doomed, at least … Read more

Putting resilience into practice in a volatile world

  NV ‘Tiger’ Tyagarajan, president and CEO at Genpact, outlines the ways in which resilient companies can adapt faster, strengthen their international operations and innovate by harnessing global opportunities and resources There is no question that globalization has broken down geographic barriers and that, according to Lothar Herrmann, CEO Cluster ASEAN for Siemens, ‘with greater flexibility in the global supply chain, and … Read more

Where have all the young women gone? China’s demographic time bomb

China’s one-child policy is credited with creating an economic boom, but it has had devastating side effects. Here are five reasons why the superpower has abandoned it. Today China abandoned its one-child policy amid fears that too few children are being born, and there are too few females in the population. So why has it canned … Read more

Name the world’s two largest French-speaking cities. You might be wrong

Demographic and economic change in the developing world is upsetting the old order, writes Ben Walker Montréal always used to be Number Two. The Quebecois city had a great claim to fame – it was the second largest Francophone city in the world after Paris, the capital of the Mother Country. Not any more. Booming … Read more