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The current economic crisis and international business: can we say anything meaningful about future scenarios?

Ietto-Gillies, Grazia (2010) The current economic crisis and international business: can we say anything meaningful about future scenarios? Futures 42 (9), pp. 910-919. ISSN 0016-3287.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2010.08.018

Abstract

The paper starts with a list of stylized facts on economic trends in the last few decades with particular attention to international elements. A very brief analysis of the current economic crisis is then attempted. The root cause, the causa causans, of the excessive growth of the financial sector and the inevitable current crisis is identified in the lack of profitable investment opportunities in advanced capitalist systems. The short-term remedies include a shift in income distribution to increase the consumption component of effective demand; it also includes serious regulation of the financial sector at both national and international levels. In the medium to longer term governments should consider engaging in large investment projects such as alternative sources of energy, transport as well as in public services. This might help to improve conditions for profitable private sector investment, thus benefiting both the workers and the capitalists operating in the real sector at the expense of the rent-seekers. The paper then draws some inference on key elements likely to impact on futures, particularly with respect to internationalization and the two types of innovation identified in the stylized facts: organizational and technological. Inference is drawn with respect to the economic system as well as to economics as a scientific and academic field. The final discussion draws these various elements together.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Keywords: Financial crisis; International business; Organizational and technological innovation, Stagnationism and crisis, new technologies and sectoral taxonomy, Economics curricula
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 12:01
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3213

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