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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422103463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422103463
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Kurtzman is a principal at The Kurtzman Group, a consulting and advisory firm. He is a senior fellow at the Milken Institute. Glenn Yago is Director of Capital Studies at the Milken Institute.

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Joel Kurtzman is one of the top experts on management and leadership in the world. A thought leader, Kurtzman is also a consultant, speaker and writer. His resume includes stints as editor, reporter, and columnist for The New York Times; editor-in-chief, Harvard Business Review; founder of the magazine Strategy + Business; columnist at Fortune and Chief Executive Magazine. An advisor to the World Economic Forum (Davos), Wharton's SEI Center, on the board of MIT's Sloan Management Review. He is a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, a trustee of Sierra Nevada College, a consultant to Korn/Ferry International and other companies.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Marke on November 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I used to think that any book that is tied to some instrument, like the "Opacity Index," would be as exciting as watching paint dry. I was wrong.

Global Edge is a celebration of clear, quantitative thinking...something that is noticeably lacking in the academic and business discussions around transparency and global risk. Most of the experts and virtually all of the literature dealing with transparency and corruption tend toward the "softer side" of sense making...too much evangelization and not enough fact based discourse.

This is not a new problem. Anyone who has pursued formal research is familiar with the old axiom: "If you can measure it, it probably isn't worth the trouble." This is an exception to that rule, in that Kurtzman and Yago identify and measure risks that may, indeed, make a substantial impact on the bottom line.

Does it provide all the answers? No....but it goes a long way toward giving the reader a fact-based and context driven understanding of global risk.

Don't leave your home(or plan a new venture into a 3rd world country) without it.
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Joel Kurtzman and Glenn Yago recommend that you do your homework before you invest in a country. Otherwise, problems such as corruption, weak legal systems, inefficient enforcement policies, deliberately confusing or illegal accounting procedures and dysfunctional regulations can increase your costs of doing business or even thwart your efforts. Learn what to expect before you go. The authors have developed an "Opacity Index" that aggregates information on these complex factors to help individuals and companies formulate strategies to protect themselves against the risks of globalization. They also offer a useful, contrarian perspective on a range of issues, for example, they question the vogue for investing in Brazil, Russia, India and China - highly opaque countries, according to their index. getAbstract recommends this book to managers who are responsible for committing their organizations' capital.
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