Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Benefits to Globalization

In his weblog for May 7, 2007, Dani Rodrik takes us to task for exaggerating the benefits of globalization in raising US household income and GDP. Professor Rodrik long ago established his reputation as a globalization skeptic; today he is the favorite Harvard economist among the backlash crowd. Eight years ago, Francisco Rodriguez and Rodrik (1999) notched their academic guns against Jeffrey Sachs and Andrew Warner (1995), expressing a skeptical view of the benefits of liberal trade policy to developing countries. As targets of Rodrik's latest outburst of skepticism, we share good company.

To debunk globalization proponents, Rodrik uses ...
read more here.

P.S. Dani has a great sense of humor. The picture of him on his blog states, "This is what the WSJ thinks I look like." When you visit his blog, you'll see the real Dani.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Podcast: Solutions For Your Small Business

Listen (or read all about) a new -- thanks to UPS -- customs clearance and international returns solutions for small businesses.

Here's a clip from the beginning of it:
Gardner: Let’s start with Laurel. Help us understand some of the issues facing small businesses, those seeking to expand their addressable markets and how they can start doing more business overseas.

Delaney: Actually, there are two forces at work right now for small businesses. One has to do with the issue of globalization. I think we all know the buzz that’s going on about going global that has been driven largely by Thomas Friedman with his book, "The World is Flat." He’s caused mainstream America and all small businesses to step up to the plate and consider the world as your market. The second force is technology, and technology is making it easier now to go global.
Visit here if you want to listen to the podcast or read the transcript. Go here if you want to simplify international trade.

Separately but related, we are about to unveil our redesign on Watch for it shortly! We hope you like it.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Five Practical Strategies for Building a Chinese Workforce

Wanted: Talented people in China.

There is a severe shortage of senior managers in China.

Read more here.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Why Global Brands Work

Harvard Business School professor John Quelch writes a blog on marketing issues, called Marketing KnowHow, for Harvard Business Online. Join in on the debate on whether Ford will make a comeback on their global brand. The post is reprinted on HBS Working Knowledge here.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

(Global) Marketing Moves to a Digitally Focused Business System

Marketers and their agencies must change as the convergence of media and technology, combined with the fragmentation and personalization of media, changes the connection between marketers and end users.
As the media environment becomes increasingly complex and rooted in the digital space, the existing marketing agenda and capabilities need to be re-tooled and marketing organizations, agencies and media companies are having to change at an unprecedented pace. A new cross industry study details how marketers and their agencies must change as the convergence of media and technology, combined with the fragmentation and personalization of media, changes the connection between marketers and end users.
Download the 15-page study produced by ANA (Association of National Advertisers), IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau), AAAA (American Association of Advertising Agencies), and management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton here.

And we first wrote about this new media revolution here with a story about Mel.

Then McKinsey & Company conducted serious analysis of the phenomena here.

It's about using social networking and social media to build a global presence or what the more traditional folks call global marketing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Detroit at the 2007 Regional Chamber Small Business Conference Report

The 2007 Detroit Regional Chamber Small Business Conference was a huge success. What impressed me the most was the number of small business owners in attendance and how driven, enthusiastic and passionate they are about using Web 2.0 media to build a global presence. More information on the Detroit conference, including many of the speaker's PowerPoint slides, can be viewed here.

After my talk, I had folks from UPS, Google and Crain's Detroit Business come up to me to discuss additional opportunities. Eager to keep moving in this new global media direction. Everyone should.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Are You Missing Out On Global Trade?

Most of America's small- and mid-sized businesses have failed to explore the significant growth opportunities offered by an increasingly global economy. Indeed, a new survey conducted for UPS shows 67 percent of the nation's small-to-mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) are still chaining themselves to the U.S. economy.
Is that you? If it is, I encourage you to read this press release and get ready to dive into the UPS Business Monitor United States 2007 Report when it is released November 1st. I will post more about it then.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

World Bank's Doing Business 2008

The World Bank's annual "Doing Business 2008" has just been released. It provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 178 countries. The team works closely with thousands of professionals around the world.
Highlights from Doing Business 2008: As countries reform their business regulation, more businesses are starting up. Eastern Europe has witnessed a boom in new business entry that rivals the rapid growth in East Asia in the past. Large emerging markets such as India, China, Egypt, Turkey, and Indonesia, are reforming fast and investors are taking notice. This year Egypt is the top reforming country worldwide, while Singapore is #1 on the ease of doing business for the second consecutive year.
Download report here.

P.S. Separately, just returned moments ago from the 2007 Detroit Regional Chamber Small Business Conference (where at the VIP breakfast, I sat next to Joe Dumars, famed Detroit Pistons player, businessman and current president of the Detroit Pistons' Basketball Operations (I did not even know this!) and will report on all of it soon! Amazing conference.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Greetings from Asha in India

Dear Laurel,

We at Kashmir Handicrafts (websites and wish to thank you for your nice and informative Blog which we regularly visit and read. We are India based manufacturers and exporters of handicrafts and intricate Pietra dura tabletops, medallions and Taj Mahal replicas are our specialty. The issues confronting exporters are, in many cases, identical whether one is based in the US or in India. Many things on your Blog are noteworthy and make us learn a lot.

All of us thank you for your initiative and look forward to your continued writings. If at any time you or your friends require any items that we make, we would be glad to offer you our best attention and prices.

Thanks and regards,

Friday, October 05, 2007

Who Moved My Client Base?

I wrote this story, "Who Moved My Client Base?" special for Small Business Trends.

It's about a business owner named Mel who is faced with a slowing small business. He uses social media to turn things around and grow his business by tapping into a global client base.

Hope you like it and if you do, please comment and then pass the story along to someone you know who might benefit.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Cultural Collaboration At Its Best

Recently, 40-plus IBMers from 11 different nationalities got together. Official assignment: To identify the key attributes that make IBM global delivery special. Unwritten agenda: To meet each other and create a “cultural connect.”

Guess where it all took place? Second Life.

Read more about it here.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Innovators Using Technology To Make The World a Better Place

Read all about the tech award laureates here.

2007 Laureates

Intel Environment Award Laureates

* Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron (EZVI) Team FL, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
* Fundacion Terram Chile, Santiago, Chile
* Joe David Jones, Skyonic Corporation TX, Austin, Texas USA
* Marc Andre Ledoux, Consortium SudEco Industrie Montreal, Canada
* Solar Sailor Chatswood, Australia

Accenture Economic Development Award Laureates

* Anil Chitrakar, Babu Raja Shrestha, and Prachet Kumar Shrestha, Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness Kathmandu, Nepal
* Association la Voute Nubienne Ganges, France
* blueEnergy San Francisco, California, United States
* Kamal Quadir, CellBazaar Dhaka, Bangladesh
* San Francisco, California, United States

Microsoft Education Award Laureates

* Canal Futura Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
* Elluminate, Inc., Fire and Ice / Elluminate Live! Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States
* Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, OER Commons Half Moon Bay, California, United States
* Robert Shelton, Terry Hodgson, and Stephanie Smith, Math Description Engine Software Development Toolkit and MathTrax application (MDE-SDK MathTrax) Texas, United States
* TakingITGlobal Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Katherine M. Swanson Equality Award Laureates

* Counterpart International Washington, DC, USA
* Devendra Raj Mehta, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti Jaipur, India
* Grameen Shakti, Empowerment Through Renewable Energy Technologies Dhaka, Bangladesh
* Innocence Project New York, U.S
* Tropical Forest Trust, Indigenous Peoples Voices Programme Craissier, Switzerland

Health Award Laureates

* Diagnostics Development Unit, University of Cambridge & Diagnostics for the Real World Ltd. Cambridge, U.K.
* Donald O'Neal, HELPS International Farmersville, TX U.S.
* P&G's Children's Safe Drinking Water Program Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
* PATH, Vaccine Vial Monitor Seattle, WA U.S.
* Vaxin Inc., Rapid-Response Bird Flu Vaccine Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Why the Dollar Is a 98-lb. Weakling

Spend some time in the hotels, restaurants and even newsstands of Western Europe these days, and as an American you understand pretty quickly that you're poorer than you once were. To be precise, you're 40% poorer--to go by the dollar-euro exchange rate--than you were six years ago.
Read more here.