So Much Aid, So Little Development

Stories from Pakistan

Originally published in Regional Studies

Claudia Williamson reviews The Global Environment of Business by Frederick Guy.

This book offers an account of the “large patterns” in the development of the world’s business systems, an integral and comparative perspective on rival explanations for these patterns (originating in different disciplines), and a range of analytical tools that can be used increasingly to study integrated international economic and social worlds. The author states the purpose of the book in its very first sentence: to help understand the economic, political and technological contexts in which international business operates. To achieve this, the materials (both theoretical and practical accounts) are examined through three different angles-‘global,’ ‘historical’ and ‘comparative’-which determine the organization and structure of the text. The book comprises three parts, each of which addresses a range of sub-themes pertaining to each of the angles.

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