Scientific American Cites Prof. Ghemawat's Ideas on Globalization

10/08/2011

In the August issue of Scientific American, regular columnist Dr. Michael Shermer reflects on the ideas IESE Prof. Pankaj Ghemawat presents in World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011).

In the column, titled "Globaloney," Shermer ponders Ghemawat's view that globalization theories are generally flawed because they do not take into account distance factors, and the professor's use of a distance coefficient which is similar to Newton's law of gravitation.

Contrasting his ideas with those of physicist Michio Kaku and other futurists, Shermer writes that "Ghemawat reminds us of our deeply ingrained tendencies to want to interact with our kin and kind and to retain our local customs and culture, which may forever balkanize any globalized scheme."

Shermer's column was also highlighted by Marcelo Gleiser on National Public Radio.

Prof. Ghemawat has been nominated to "2011 Thinkers 50," a list of the world's top 50 business gurus created by The Thinkers 50 website. Thinkers 50 candidates are evaluated according to criteria such as originality of ideas, international outlook and loyalty of followers. The winners will be announced at the Thinkers 50 Summit on November 14-15 in London. To cast your vote for the IESE professor, visit http://www.thinkers50.com/vote .