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World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It

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Since the financial crisis of 2008, many of us have had to reexamine our beliefs about markets and globalization. How integrated should economies really be? How much regulation is right?

Many people fuse these two dimensions of choice into one, either favoring both globalization and deregulation--or opposing both of them.

It doesn't have to be that way.

In World 3.0, award-wi
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Harvard Business School Press
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Adriaan Jansen
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In World 3.0, Ghemawat argues that the world we live in is not a flat, fully globalized world and that differences and distances are still very relevant. In order to prove this point, Ghemawat provides interesting data to prove that cross-border flows of goods, services, capital, information and people are actually a lot more limited that most of us would intuitively assume. An example: Of all the telephone calling minutes worldwide, less than 2% corresponds to international calls. Several other ...more
Erika RS
There are books full of thought provoking ideas that are, nonetheless, rather a pain to read. This is one of those. The heart of what made this something of a slog was the way that the many detailed discussions of the data and models felt more like a list than a narrative. That said, the core ideas were worthwhile, and I'll focus on those for the rest of the review.

The thesis of World 3.0 is that we tend to look at the world in fixed ways that aren't particularly useful anymore. The World 3.0 v
Alvaro Berrios
If i could give this book 3 1/2 starts that's the actual rating I would give it. I think it's an excellent book, extremely informative and very enlightening. It actually refutes a lot of the claims made in Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat." A book which I initially rated highly, I now think much less of it thanks to Ghemawat's presentations of actual data. As a result, I think anyone who is involved on the global operations of an enterprise needs to read this book. The world is far from boar ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the data driven commentary that pervades most of the book. He thoroughly refutes Thomas Friedman's thesis that the world is flat. It clearly is not and the thing that divide us such as culture, language and political institutions will continue to play a major role in international politics and business. By ignoring this fact we are in danger of returning to a world in which global war is a definitive possibility. However, Ghemawat's conclusion leaves the reader wanting. However, if the ...more
Thomas Burky
This text gets into the real meat of globalization by examing actual data of global trade rather than the giddy "let's all get together" discussion normal held. The author points out that world trade is not nearly as "globalized" as either its proponents or detractors think and systematically discusses the roles of government and markets with specific case studies. If you are interested in global trade and its impacts this is a great read, but you better pack a lunch because it is very in depth.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contains smart data to debunk mainstream views such as Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat" assumption. Ghemewat spells genius, though he does need more down-to-earth, mass appeal to face off with Friedman.

Though a bit technical for non-specialists, World 3.0 is well-edited enough for a persistent lay reader. A must-read for anyone interested in the way the economic world works and technology's role in global affairs, this book makes us delve deeper into the notion of globalization and successf
Christophe Druet
This book proposes an alternative world between what I would call the "free-market-freak" and the "protectionist-freak". It encourages to think beyond our inner fears about globalization by looking at facts and figures that clearly shows how the benefits largely outweigh the pretended disadvantages.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Some interesting insights, particularly when it comes to debunking misperceptions about just how globalized the world is(n't)...but that doesn't outweigh its business-school, jargon-laden style. I think the first draft of this book was a powerpoint deck. It probably should have stayed that way.
John Favini
Not a huge fan. Author hails from Harvard Business school and the text is covered with neoliberalism, and quite a few inaccuracies.
Interesting analysis on globalization: what is the current state of globalization, challenges, risks, benefits... It compares view from other authors and also add data to support his ideas.
Vr Murty
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extension to world is flat and how to do business and win customers
Sebastian Roesinger
Great counter-balance of the work done by Thomas Friedman, backed up with figures.
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