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Developing a Global Mindset

Developing a Global Mindset

April 9, 2021

As we move further into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, globalization of business becomes increasingly more common. More organizations have cross-cultural environments, and business leaders must understand diverse cultural, political, and business customs. “People today are now more informed and... read more


City Digitalization & Innovation Agendas Beyond COVID-19

City Digitalization & Innovation Agendas Beyond COVID-19

March 12, 2021

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our cities worldwide. Cities are comprised of a dense concentration of people, infrastructure, organizations and enterprises, and most often depend on a complex mobility landscape. Urban environments typically take center-stage when it comes to entertainment and night-life, the trillions of physical interactions at schools, businesses, civic/public spaces, and other physical points of people gathering. As such, cities will always be impacted first and will be impacted more when a pandemic strikes. In both good and bad ways, cities represent ‘critical mass.’ Cities are also the places where innovations tend to originate and scale faster: urban innovation agendas have been with us for thousands of years – from Rome’s aquaducts to England’s steam engines ushering in the first industrial revolution. And now again, as we enter the 4th industrial revolution, urban environments typically serve as the canvass for system-wide innovations triggered by new ideas, designs and technologies. This time the game changing technologies are predominantly digital in nature. And it is digitalization that has helped cities respond to the crisis in novel and often effective ways. What can be learned from that response? How has it helped accelerate urban innovation agendas, and how do we pave the way from a governance and policy framework perspective? How can digitalization help leapfrog us beyond the old normal, preparing our communities to maximize the potential of the 4th industrial revolution and minimize its risks?read more


United Nations Global Compact

One Plus One Equals Three: Thunderbird and the United Nations Global Compact

December 3, 2020

In order to achieve “peace and prosperity for people and planet,” the United Nations Member States adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at the heart of which are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving these significant global goals will require the cooperation and support of organizations in the private and public sectors. That’s where the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) comes into play.read more


Global Power: Ascendancy in China and Retrenchment in the U.S.

Global Power: Ascendancy in China and Retrenchment in the U.S.

October 27, 2020

Thunderbird professors Anne-Marie Slaughter, Doug Guthrie, Landry Signé and Rebeca Hwang recently joined Thunderbird Director-General and Dean Sanjeev Khagram in a virtual discussion of China’s ascent to global power and the United States’ retrenchment.read more


Landry Signé: Optimism Around Africa’s Business Potential

Landry Signé: Optimism Around Africa’s Business Potential

October 1, 2020

Over the past two decades, Africa has been home to the fastest-growing economies in the world and is ripe for global and local business investment. In his new book, Unlocking Africa’s Business Potential: Trends, Opportunities, Risks, and Strategies, Thunderbird professor, Landry Signé shares his optimism for sustained growth in Africa as he examines economic, business and investment issues and discusses the growth trends and drivers.read more


Technology Governance for Equitable Prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Infographic)

Technology Governance for Equitable Prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Infographic)

September 15, 2020

In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technology has evolved at a much faster pace than the organizations that might govern it could keep up with. As a result, while technological advancement has yielded significant benefits (think: lifesaving AI-powered diagnostics) it has also had significant downsides(data privacy breaches, for example). The solution is a coordinated, global, multi-stakeholder approach to technology governance. What’s needed is a framework within which individuals, companies, and governments can capitalize on technological developments –to advance equitable prosperity worldwide.read more


Climate Change: A Complex Issue that Requires a Complex Solution

Climate Change: A Complex Issue that Requires a Complex Solution

August 20, 2020

When it comes to climate change, the question is not what needs to be done. We already know the answer: stop using fossil fuels, consume less red meat, insulate buildings, ban practices that result in environmental degradation such as deforestation, and shift to electric vehicles. The challenge is figuring out how to accomplish those things.read more


Harvard Business Review

Thunderbird Thought Leadership in Harvard Business Review

June 22, 2020

Congratulations to two Thunderbird professors who were recently published in Harvard Businss Review. Professor Allen Morrison has published What Will Happen to Your Business in Hong Kong? Recent developments in Hong Kong pose significant threats to foreign firms operating there – of which 1,300 or so are US firms. What exactly happens to them will depend to a large extent on why they are in Hong Kong (is it just for the Hong Kong market, for China’s markets, or for Asia as a whole?). But in any event, all companies should take care to secure their people, consider potential scenarios, and create options in the event a major move is required.read more


Why coronavirus will accelerate the fourth Industrial Revolution

Why Coronavirus Will Accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution

April 29, 2020

The pandemic's silver lining is the chance to experiment with technologies and co-operative approaches across borders that could lead to safer, more sustainable and more inclusive global futures. The theory of punctuated equilibrium, proposed in 1972 by biologists Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge, holds that populations of living organisms tend to experience a significant amount of evolutionary change in short, stressful bursts of time. Gould and Eldredge argued that evolution isn’t a constant, gradual process—it occurs during episodes when species are in environments of high tension or especially crisis.read more


In Emerging Markets, Business is Business – Except When It’s Not

In Emerging Markets, Business is Business – Except When It’s Not

April 16, 2020

Emerging markets account for most of the growth in the global economy today. Company managers know success lies in effectively doing business in those markets. Knowing the norms and institutions that enable access to business opportunities is critical to that success. Eighty-four percent of the world’s population lives in emerging-market countries, and they fuel most of the global economy’s growth. Company managers naturally focus on where growth is and where it potentially lies, and that’s not a new phenomenon. Business is business, after all.read more