People Are Angry About Globalization. Here’s What to Do About It.
— November 4, 2016
By Pankaj Ghemawat
The anger is real, and its possible implications are too threatening for us to simply wait for it to dissipate by itself. IMF chief Christine Lagarde has warned that similar conditions preceded many wars. And although purely economic countermeasures are important, such as the G20 declaration in Hangzhou in September calling for faster growth, they are unlikely to suffice because emotions, not just economics, are involved. For example, the parts of the UK that voted by the biggest margins to leave the EU included some of the ones that are most dependent on exports to the EU, as well as some big beneficiaries from transfer payments from the EU.
Economists, policy makers, executives, educators, the press, and others must become more adept at anger management. I call this the FRIENDS approach — it is not comprehensive, of course, but serves as a reminder that we have options other than surrendering to isolationism.
Read the full article in Harvard Business Review.
Pankaj Ghemawat is a Global Professor of Management and Strategy and Director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management.