Is Your Organization Multinational or Global?

In Global Business, it’s more than just semantics!

Michael Porter, the highly acclaimed Harvard Business School professor, was one of the first scholars to define the differences between a “Multinational Company” and a “Global” company. In Competitive Advantage of Nations (1990), he argued that a multinational firm is one that operates businesses in many different countries, but a global firm pursues a unified strategy to coordinate various national operations. Read more…

The 21st Century Talent Crisis Irony

Can your Global Organization find Plenty of Workers, but still have a Shortage of Talent?

It has been a difficult few years for business. Global financial crises, recessions, energy price spikes and currency swings have made it one of the most difficult business environments since the Great Depression.  However, compared to seventy years ago, the world economy is much more connected and interdependent than ever before. The world is “flat” to echo the term popularized by Thomas Friedman. So when one region sneezes — whether it be a European countries’ debt crisis or the American mortgage market collapse — we all catch the cold globally. Read More…

Cultural Imperialism or Economic Reality?

Why not GlobalMandarin or GlobalSpanish?

At GlobalEnglish, we’re often asked if we will be rolling out similar programs in Mandarin, or even in Spanish.  After all, only one twentieth of the world’s population speaks English as their native language.  Mandarin has more than double the number of native speakers than English, and with the economic growth and growing dominance of China, wouldn’t this seem like a natural offering?  Is this just another example of cultural imperialism, something that Americans are often accused of? Read More…

Mission: Very Possible

Embracing and Profiting from The Remarkable Convergence of Globalization through English as a common business language

Even though there are only 300 million native English speakers on the planet, more than one in four humans actually speaks English, and that percentage in business is much higher.  Due to a combination of timing, needs, and economic influence, enterprises across the globe have adopted English as the de facto language of business.

English has become the “universal translator” of commerce among businesses in various countries that need to communicate with one another – and not because everyone in business is working with the U.S. (or England or Canada or Australia). Read More…

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