Welcome to The Global Business Strategy Blog Album
The Global Business Strategy (GBS) Blog was a limited-series weekly updated commentary commencing 1st March 2019 which combined extracts from Outside Fortress Europe: Strategies for the Global Market with analysis of contemporary global strategic management issues and more general international business affairs. Posts addressed the challenges these presented to companies from all countries, from all sectors and of all sizes who were designing and/or managing global business strategies during an extraordinary period in the history of globalization. This also included firms pursuing purely domestic business strategies but which now need to prepare for the harsh realities of global competition which Brexit and the much-lauded new ‘free trade’ deals will undoubtedly unleash.
The Global Business Strategy Blog: Individual posts and the GBS Blog Album
Globalization, economics, politics, disruptive technologies, climate change, novel business processes, unorthodox organizational structures and a milieu of constant product/service innovations combine to create a crazy, frenzied and unpredictable international business environment characterised by multiple discontinuities.
The 24/7 news cycle reflects and amplifies this ‘noise’, making strategic decision making an apparently precarious undertaking.
But the earth still spins on its axis and is not ‘shrinking’ or ‘flat’ as some business gurus would have us believe. A key challenge of global strategic management is to achieve a balanced approach to understanding and addressing the twin forces of continuity and disruption. The tricky tasks involving the determination of which type of change is which provides the subject of the first GBS post on ‘Side One’ of this peer-reviewed, curated GBS Blog Album collection: Risk, uncertainty, the strategy challenge and organizational response.
The first four posts of the GBS Blog Album are extended ‘Foundation essays’ which ‘set-the-scene’ for the updates posted since the Blog was introduced. The posts which follow combine extracts from Outside Fortress Europe with additional commentary reflecting ‘hot topics’ and global strategic management challenges arising during the week in which they were entered. The final posts of this series were entered on 3rd May 2019 and the last three are presented as ‘EndNote essays’.
The Bonus Track essay, Be careful what you wish for: Trade is a two-way street…, was added on 1st February 2020, the day that the United Kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland finally embarked on its post-Brexit international trade adventure.
The Global Business Strategy (GBS) Blog
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(Please note that in most cases the ‘Context’ and ‘Analysis’ sections are under review and will be added to the posts at a later date. The relevant references relating to the topic under discussion are presented and the posts were entered in ‘real-time’ as per the date indicated. The main subject categories are presented for each post).
The GBS Blog Album
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Foundation essay: The globalization of the world economy and competitive dynamics
International Business | Global Strategic Management | Marketing
1st March 2019
Foundation essay: Rethinking strategy in the era of globalization
Global Strategic Management | Innovation | Marketing
1st March 2019
Be careful what you wish for: Trade is a two-way street…
Global Strategic Management | International Business
Post entry date: dependent upon international business events.
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