Global Edge: Using the Opacity Index to Manage the Risks of Cross-Border Business

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With globalization a reality, companies no longer have a choice about whether to do business across borders. But it contains hidden risks-and firms need strategies and tactics for recognizing and managing those risks. In Global Edge, Joel Kurtzman and Glenn Yago offer two breakthrough tools for better managing the hard-to-see perils of going global.

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Overview

With globalization a reality, companies no longer have a choice about whether to do business across borders. But it contains hidden risks-and firms need strategies and tactics for recognizing and managing those risks. In Global Edge, Joel Kurtzman and Glenn Yago offer two breakthrough tools for better managing the hard-to-see perils of going global.

Their CLEAR framework explains the specific-and potentially expensive-challenges businesses face overseas: corruption, the legal system, enforcement policy, accounting standards and governance, and regulatory developments. And the Opacity Index (a proprietary tool updated online for readers) measures how countries are ranked relative to each CLEAR factor, so companies can balance their exposure.

Drawing on a decade of fieldwork with companies and governments, the authors present a new way to anticipate, analyze, and manage hidden global business risks. In an age when a systematic understanding of global risks is still in its infancy, this insightful and practical guide takes the subject from the realm of academic interest and plants it squarely in management circles.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781422103463
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xiii
Everyday Risks of Going Global     1
The Costs of Opacity     39
Corruption     61
Legal and Enforcement Opacity     83
Accounting Opacity     107
Regulatory Opacity     121
Applications of Clear for Business Success     143
Country Risk     155
Why Opacity Matters     181
Notes     189
Selected Bibliography     199
Index     207
About the Authors     219
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    Provocative guide to risky business

    Joel Kurtzman and Glenn Yago recommend that you do your homework before you invest in a country. Otherwise, problems such as corruption, weak legal systems, inefficient enforcement policies, deliberately confusing or illegal accounting procedures and dysfunctional regulations can increase your costs of doing business or even thwart your efforts. Learn what to expect before you go. The authors have developed an "Opacity Index" that aggregates information on these complex factors to help individuals and companies formulate strategies to protect themselves against the risks of globalization. They also offer a useful, contrarian perspective on a range of issues, for example, they question the vogue for investing in Brazil, Russia, India and China - highly opaque countries, according to their index. getAbstract recommends this book to managers who are responsible for committing their organizations' capital.

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