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From the Publisher"This book is a must-read for managers who don't want to be caught by surprise by changes in the global economy, swings in world politics or unprecedented transformations in social mores. Global Turning Points offers a much-needed guide to navigate through the heightened volatility of the business environment."
Moisés Naím, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy magazine
"For those who believe that the world is flat, or moving smoothly in that direction, this wide-ranging book provides a very readable overview of the major global challenges that we face - challenges that it is urgent to address."
Pankaj Ghemawat, Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy, IESE Business School, and author of World 3.0
"This book sheds light on the confusing perspectives of the global economy in the wake of a major financial crisis. It is a much welcome, necessary contribution by two leading scholars who thread scholarly rigor with a deep understanding of the business world. Mandatory reading for professionals and students who are interested in the real economy."
Manuel Castells, Professor Emeritus of Planning and Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
"This book provides fundamental insights into the changing of the guard in the global economy and the global system of states, analyzing the rise of China and the other emerging giants and what the United States and Europe should do about it."
Javier Solana, Former Secretary-General of NATO, and EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy
"This book sets forth the serious challenges facing policymakers and managers with respect to key global issues such as climate change and the viability of defined benefit pension schemes. It is a triumph and should be read by everyone concerned about the future of the world."
Lady Barbara Thomas Judge, Chairman, UK Pension Protection Fund, and former Chairman, UK Atomic Energy Authority
"Academics Mauro F. Guillén and Emilio Ontiveros write in the introduction to their provocative book Global Turning Points that they have worked across disciplines and countries in gathering information on which to base their 'turning points'. As they make clear, turning points and tipping points are not the same. They are moments of radical change, but they do not mean that something is happening for the better or the worse. They just indicate change. And in the twenty-first century, the one thing their work does make clear is that change is going to happen to us all whether we like it or not. So the more prepared we are and the more pragmatic our responses, the better the outcomes might be."
"Global authorities Guillén and Ontiveros explore what they consider to be the most significant issues challenging the success and sustainability of twenty-first-century businesses. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, the authors identify seven key global turning points they believe will shape and impact the new centennial's sociodemographic, geopolitical, and socioeconomic environment … Excellent contemporary examples and a plethora of tables, graphs, and charts enhance the book and document the need for new ways to deal with the complexities, decision-making uncertainties, and potential disruptions presented by these trends...A useful read for gaining an understanding of the changing global landscape that will increasingly affect business practices. Summing up: recommended."
S. R. Kahn, University of Cincinnati, Choice
"In this engaging and ambitious book, Guillén and Ontiveros reflect on the economic, social, environmental, and political challenges that the world is bound to face in the twenty-first century … The book is as much global in approach as it is in focus, and the skilfulness with which the authors weave so many disparate themes together makes for a truly stimulating read, which ultimately amounts to an impressive snapshot of the world in the new century that everyone should take note of. Simply put, this is at once sophisticated, educational, and consequential scholarship that should appeal to a great variety of readers."
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