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Demography and the Global Business Environment

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Demography and the Global Business Environment

9781788112826 Edward Elgar Publishing
Alfred A. Marcus, Edson Spencer Professor of Strategy and Technology Leadership, Carlson School of Management and the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota and Mazhar Islam, Assistant Professor of Management and the Chase Distinguished Professor of International Business, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78811 282 6 Extent: 232 pp
Alfred A. Marcus and Mazhar Islam examine how demographic changes introduce new challenges for businesses, with a focus on how the world today is divided between disproportionately old and young nations. Taking a broad international perspective, the book illustrates how demography affects underlying conditions in nations, presenting the risks and opportunities for businesses as well as a set of concrete obligations they owe to the nations in which they operate.

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Alfred A. Marcus and Mazhar Islam examine how demographic changes introduce new challenges for businesses, with a focus on how the world today is divided between disproportionately old and young nations. Taking a broad international perspective, the book illustrates how demography affects underlying conditions in nations, presenting the risks and opportunities for businesses as well as a set of concrete obligations they owe to the nations in which they operate.

The book analyzes the key challenges that nations face based on whether they have principally old, young, or middle-aged populations, and how businesses can best respond to these challenges. Chapters particularly emphasize the impacts of immigration and technology, democratic governance, crime, corruption, and stability. Providing an in-depth examination of the relationships between youth bulges, youth busts, and violence, the book grapples with the question of whether the world is likely to be a more peaceful place in the future, and the implications this could have for the global business environment.

Demography and the Global Business Environment will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of international business and strategic management. It will also be highly beneficial for business leaders looking for guidance about how to evaluate the opportunities and risks of investing in various countries.
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‘Marcus and Islam provide business leaders with some of the most important forecasts and market analysis one can find. Few tools are more important in analyzing the future of global markets than mapping demographic changes and their consequences. By showing how the world is divided into demographic “zones” – aging countries, middle countries, and very young countries – and laying out the political and economic dynamics for each type, they provide essential guidance into the future behavior of nations around the world.’
– Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University, US
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction: the signals global demography sends 2. Addressing Malthus’ challenge: Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto 3. Demography and management 4. The challenge of productivity in aging countries 5. Belligerence and corruption in middle-age countries 6. The struggle for stability in youthful nations 7. Doing business in violence-prone nations: youth bulges and busts 8. Conclusion: opportunity and fear of failure Index
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