International Business: Themes and Issues in the Modern Global Economy, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

International Business

Themes and Issues in the Modern Global Economy, 2nd Edition

By Debra Johnson, Colin Turner


528 pages | 87 B/W Illus.

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This new edition of International Business examines the impact of globalization on key aspects of the business environment. It offers a comprehensive overview of this phenomenon that is altering corporate strategy fundamentally, critiquing the complexities of globalization and its impact on international business.

International Business offers a holistic examination of the processes that influence the evolution of strategy in the modern global economy. It is divided into three sections:

  • impact of globalization: how globalization has driven the processes of regional integration and the emergence of transnational governance structures
  • environmental drivers: how international strategy is shaped and the emergence of internationalized businesses
  • resource issues: how resources can determine success in the global economy or impede firm evolution.

Featuring a wealth of new case studies, updated pedagogy and a fresh new design, this new textbook will prove essential reading for all those studying international business.

A companion website provides additional material for lecturers and students alike:


Praise for the previous edition:

'Johnson and Turner balance their strong European examples with broader use of relevant theory. They explore the newer issue of corporate and social responsibility, greening the MNE, and the regionalization of international business strategy.' - Alan M. Rugman, Oxford and Indiana University

'A highly readable text that provides a comprehensive guide to the intriguing complexities of international business.' - Dr John Ellis, Bournemouth Business School

'This valuable new text introduces and integrates topical issues and the variety of perspectives from which they may be viewed. It provides a very good foundation for an understanding of the background against which international business and management decisions are made in today's dynamic global environment. It is especially relevant to see SMEs, green issues and energy given special consideration.' - Stuart Rooks, Oxford Brookes University

Table of Contents

Part 1: Globalization and the International Business Environment 1. Globalization and the Changing Business Environment 2. Regional Integration and Globalization 3. Governance Issues in an Integrating World Economy 4. Development and International Production Part 2: Enterprise Issues in the Global Economy 5. Multinationals: Conduits of Globalization 6. Globalizing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: The Emergence of Micronationals 7. The Global Trading Environment within Product Markets 8. The Global Trading Environment within Service Markets 9. Global Competition Issues 10. Culture and Ethics Part 3: Challenges for the Global Resource Base 11. Labour Issues in the Global Economy 12. The International Monetary System 13. The Global Economy as an Information Economy 14. Greening International Business: Boon or Bust? 15. Energy: The Case of a Global and Globalizing Industry 16. International Business in a Changing World

About the Authors

Debra Johnson is Senior Lecturer at Hull University, UK.

Colin Turner is Senior Lecturer in International Strategic Management at Heriot-Watt University, UK. He has published extensively within the broad field of International Management.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General