Global Perspective: The Flat World Debate Revisited via @stratandbiz strat.bz/OLeKmwG
Ghemawat backs up his contrarian view, that the world is actually only about 10 to 25 percent globalized, with a fascinating set of statistics. The expanded version of his DHL Global Connectedness Index (PDF), released in November 2012, measures the depth and breadth of 10 types of international flows—and finds them lacking. For example, who knew that cross-country-border telephone calls represent at most 7 percent of all voice calling? Or that first-generation immigrants account for only about 3 percent of the world’s population? Or, more significantly, that foreign direct investment typically accounts for less than 10 percent of all investment in a given year?
Hockey Gear Is the Focus of a Tariff Cut in Canada, Ending Protection For A Largely Nonexistent Industry
Hockey Gear Is the Focus of a Tariff Cut in Canada, Ending Protection For A Largely Nonexistent Industry nyti.ms/WQhwHq
The aisles at Pro Hockey Life provided many examples: a wall of gloves made in China for Reebok (a unit of Germany’s Adidas) and in Vietnam for C.C.M. (another Adidas operation) faces off against gloves from China bearing the logos of Bauer (Canada-based but run from New Hampshire) and Easton (owned by Easton Bell Sports of Van Nuys, Calif.). There were also imports from the Philippines sold by Sher-Wood (privately and Canadian-owned).
A selection of skates sprawled across the back of the store. But the only Canadian-made models were priced from $500 to $600 a pair and came from Graf, a skate maker whose headquarters are in Switzerland.
Power: easier to get, harder to use, easier to lose in a world where cultural barriers are increasingly irrelevant
Power: easier to get, harder to use, easier to lose in a world where cultural barriers are increasingly irrelevant buswk.co/VPB7s3
Cultural barriers are increasingly irrelevant: To cite just one example, Alejandro Ramírez, a young entrepreneur from Morelia, Mexico, is one of the leading players in the cineplex business—in India. Ramirez’s company, Cinépolis, began as a one-screen movie house in the 1940s in provincial Michoacán state. It’s since become the largest cineplex company in Mexico and Central America and is now seeking to meet India’s demand for modern multiplexes—there are only about a thousand modern film screens for more than 1.2 billion people—by adding 500 screens in the next few years.
Korea's Top 30 Brands Worth 73% of Japan's english.chosun.com/site/data/html…
U.S. consultancy Interbrand on Thursday said Samsung Electronics ranked first in Korea with a brand value of W37.2 trillion. Next came Hyundai Motor (W8.5 trillion), Kia Motors (W4.6 trillion), SK Telecom (W4.3 trillion), POSCO (W2.7 trillion), Kookmin Bank, Samsung Life Insurance, NHN, Shinhan Credit Card and LG Electronics.
It estimated the combined value of the top 30 brands at W94.4 trillion, almost 73 percent of the total value of Japan's top 30 brands.
EIU report on Foreign Direct Investment into Latin America