Deep Factors Shaping the Global Economy

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Instead of focusing on moment–by-moment market predictions, author Daniel Altman, looks at deeper, underlying economic factors that we frequently overlook in the short-term view. And it is the deep factors matter the most says Altman. The primary attribute of the American way of selling, says Altman, is the ability to “ transcend cultural differences by isolating the lowest common denominator.”. Outrageous Fortunes is a book about what in economic terms, could be.

Is OpenAI Solving the Wrong Problem?

Harvard Business Review

Late last week, OpenAI was announced — a non-profit artificial intelligence research company, backed by a set of tech-industry stars that include Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, Jessica Livingston, Sam Altman, and Peter Thiel. (As

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The World Is Still Not Flat

Harvard Business Review

This global decline in the breadth of connectness, Ghemawat says, suggests that “with the big shift in economic activity to emerging markets, the world is in some sense getting pulled apart.” Globalization marches on.

The Fortune Global 500 Isn’t All That Global

Harvard Business Review

The 2014 DHL Global Connectedness Index that one of us (Ghemawat) prepares with Steven Altman, and that was released on November 3, indicates that global connectedness started to deepen again in 2013 after its recovery stalled in 2012.

If You Think Downsizing Might Save Your Company, Think Again

Harvard Business Review

These included the size of the firm, changes in market capitalization, prior performance, profitability, trajectory toward bankruptcy (using the Altman Z score ), a large number of employees per sales relative to their industry peers, and other indicators of financial health. During the Great Recession of 2008, companies around the world downsized their workforces. American firms alone laid off more than 8 million workers from the end of 2008 to the middle of 2010.

Morning Advantage: Obama and Romney Give Outsourcing a Bad Name

Harvard Business Review

economy, says Daniel Altman in Foreign Policy. If you're a lousy, expensive, or under-utilized accountant, then yes, your job might disappear," Altman writes. The best game-changing moves are unexpected, counterintuitive, and consequently generate a great deal of buzz, says marketing strategist Dorie Clark. In demonizing outsourcing, both Obama and Romney are playing a stupid political game with the U.S.

The Fortune Global 500 Isn’t All That Global

Harvard Business Review

The 2014 DHL Global Connectedness Index that one of us (Ghemawat) prepares with Steven Altman, and that was released on November 3, indicates that global connectedness started to deepen again in 2013 after its recovery stalled in 2012.