Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by J. M. Diamond

18 februarie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 8  “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a captivating book by an evolutionary biologist, trying to shed light on why certain civilizations fared better than others. The structure of the book has a scientific flavor about it, is explicitly biased towards geographical determinism, but far from providing peremptory arguments on the subject. […]

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Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter by P. Ghemawat

12 februarie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 7 “One can generate complexity via simple rules, chat about a flat world utopia but still miss on key world realities. “Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter” suggests a pragmatic and applicable alternative via a “semi-globalization” framework. As the crises unfolded, the emphasis on national and cultural differences got traction […]

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Chilean Growth Through East Asian Eyes by H. Kharas et al.

12 februarie 2012 • Articles

Paper of Week 7 <<The Chilean economy fared well in the recent crises. Aware that is not enough to be on the right track to be run over in a competitive world, “Chilean Growth Through East Asian Eyes”  tries to look at ideas to lift the growth potential of the economy. The comparison between the Chilean set up and the East […]

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A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, by W.J. Bernstein

03 februarie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 6 “A Splendid Exchange by W.J. Bernstein it is not a detached but a personal take on the history of trade. It is an enjoyable read, not consistent across the board in the treatment of the topics but with a lot of historical information presented from a variety of perspectives. The core idea of trade shaping […]

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The Gravity Equation in International Trade: An Explanation by T. Chaney

03 februarie 2012 • Articles

Paper of the Week 6 <<“The Gravity Equation in International Trade: An Explanation” by T. Chaney offers an interesting explanation based on networks theory for an empirical finding in international trade. More considerations on the networks theory applied to international trade on the paper “The Network Structure of International Trade” by the same author. The gravity equation in international trade […]

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The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and Life by A. K. Dixit and B. J. Nalebuff

28 ianuarie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 5 <<“The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and Life” by A. K. Dixit and B. J. Nalebuff is one of the best introductions in game theory, which is defined as the systematic analysis of strategic interactions. The book is differently structured from the previous edition but still a nice read. […]

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Restoring Fun to the Game Theory, by Avinash Dixit

28 ianuarie 2012 • Articles

Paper of the Week 5 Restoring Fun to the Game Theory, by Avinash Dixit can be found here. The game theory is one of the most intellectually appealing and challenging branches of economic studies. There is a legion of manifold real life applications. The apprentices in economic studies will enjoy the paper of the week and realize while reading that […]

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Seeing What’s Next: Using Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change by C. M. Christensen et al.

22 ianuarie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 4 “Seeing What’s Next: Using Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change ” is a great book on strategy especially for the ones that are not aware of the concepts and cases revealed in “The Innovator’s Dilemma” and respectively in “The Innovator’s Solution”. It is the right blend of academic insights and mindset, practical advices and […]

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