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Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futuresand Yours Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Khanna delivers a dense but lively blend of anecdotes and analysis. He shows how entrepreneurial spirit is transforming both these countries not only economically, but strengthening ties between the two. --Newsweek
...an objective and insightful comparison of China and India. --Foreign Affairs, May 1, 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For those interested in understanding China and India and indeed Asia more deeply, I would recommend much more highly the work of Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Rather than make a case for mirror images, Professor Khanna argues that good businesses will gain benefits from both countries by coordinating resources and market positions. His main example is a chapter explaining what General Electric has done in both countries.
I thought the best part of the book was arguing that natives of each country develop solutions for how to create more successful businesses. That's a point that few multinational companies are going to consider seriously enough.
I always enjoy reading about examples of superior business models, and this book is relatively rich in describing businesses that contain interesting twists on traditional ways of operating. I also didn't know the history of how many of the major new businesses in India got their start.
I hope that Professor Khanna will follow up this book with a narrower focus on the opportunities for small company entrepreneurs in both countries. I think he would do a fine job and the information would be valuable to a much larger audience than this book will probably command.
A chapter in the book is dedicated to discussing India's and China's use of soft power and hard power. Soft power is defined as "the ability to get what you want through attraction rather than coercion or payments." The book is very successful in illustrating how India has mastered soft power by spreading its culture internationally through various channels (for example, Bollywood movies). Conversely, China has become very successful at using its economic and military resources to create desired results. Burma/Myanmar is used as an example due to the fact that this country has felt both India's soft power and China's hard power.
While this book is not inclusive of all apsects of China's and India's international influence, it's a great start. I'd recommend this book to anyone curious about India and China. It's a wide-ranging overview of each country's government and culture, which will be a great asset to anyone given the growing international influence of each country. If you're attending the Beijing Olympics, it'd be a perfect read on the flight to and from China.
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The billions of entrepreneurs book was very informative. This book is really a comparison between the history and current positioning of India and China. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by lovebooks
A great book to show the contrast between the two countries. India is a democratic society and China is controlled by the central and provicial government. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Donald Hsu
I am from India and have lived in USA for more than 30 yrs. I keep in touch with business news of India. It contains less important historical aspect of India. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by brij singh
I know nothing about India, but I have lived in China for 5 years and read scores of books on China. I was hoping for a great book comparing/contrasting the two cultures. Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by Jared English
Good account of history and context. Well researched. Great book for those trying to learn more about India and China. Impressive... Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by 123
"Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures -- And Yours" by Tarun Khana is an in-depth look at the cultural, social, historical and economic... Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by Gunjan Bagla
Before starting the book, I was suspicious of an Indian man (albeit a scholar) writing about India and China. Read morePublished on June 27, 2008 by Kindle Customer
What is different in Khana's book to the several good China and India Business books? This book is not only about hard numbers involving 2,4 billion people. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by Diego J. Kusnetzoff