The Leap to Globalization: Creating New Value from Business Without Borders / Edition 1

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Whereas previous research concentrated on articulating what global strategies look like in large multinational companies with decades of experience in operations abroad, The Leap to Globalization focuses on how globalizing is realized over time in companies that start from a narrow geographic base. Three characteristics differentiate globalizing as observed in current practice from simple international expansion. First, globalization implies a redefinition of customer value; second, globalizing is an entrepreneurial process that transforms the company; and third, speed plays an essential role in globalization.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"Professors Gomez and Korine have written a book that I consider essential reading for firms going global. In demonstrating that globalization is not an end in itself, they emphasize how the process needs above all a total commitment, ambition and adaptabilty on the part of top management"
—Raymond Barre, Former Prime Minister of France

"Definitely a must-read for managers struggling with transitions. Through an accurate observation of examples, the authors are proposing a comprehensive process to optimize the success of any globalization. A true energy saver!"
—Bruno Bonnell, chairman and CEO, Infogrames Entertainment

"Creating global value tomorrow is the great challenge of today. Based upon careful analysis of numerous company case studies, Korine and Gomez provide simple and effective guidelines to senior executives and entrepreneurs taking the leap into the global market."
—M. Susan Kish, chairman, First Tuesday Worldwide

"Korine and Gomez have ably drilled down the mystique of globalization to
bare bones and provided a brilliant guide on how to translate talk into
reality. Together with the candid, no-holds-barred analysis of the risks,
this book is a compelling read for decision-makers contemplating the leap."
—Lim Hwee Hua, member of parliament, Singapore

"What makes this book extremely readable is the timely and targeted use of metaphors, based on research of real companies and real events. I recommend this book to managers both in central headquarters and regional offices to better understand what globalization really involves."
—Günter Zorn, president, Heidelberg, Asia

"Not only academics and strategy directors, but also corporate finance officers will benefit from working with this book. The authors provide a comprehensive guide to managing the process of globalizing over time."
—M. Arikawa, chairman, Sony Global Treasury Services Plc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787962111
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/24/2002
  • Series: Business and Management Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Korine is assistant professor of strategic and international management at the London Business School. Pierre-Yves Gomez is professor of strategy and director of the Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management at the École de Management de Lyon.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (S. Ghoshal).



1. Understanding the Value in Globalization.

2. Facing the Risks of Globalization.

3. Projection: Acting "As If " Global.

4. Absorption: Tackling the Risks of Globalizing.

5. Harmonization: Adapting to Changing Risks Over Time.

6. The Leap to Globalization: A Synthesis.

Conclusion: The Future of the New Globalizers.

Appendix: Research Methods.



The Authors.

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