Report

Growth Strategies in a Global Economy

As nations continue to emerge from the Great Recession, they face similar challenges in the effort to rebuild and strengthen their economies. But successful transformation does not come without growing pains: As they look to what worked in the past, businesses and governments face the future knowing that some things must change — whether that means embracing new technologies, shoring up inadequate infrastructure or borrowing ideas from different cultures.

In this special report, students from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies offer unique perspectives gleaned from interviews, observations and research into the struggle for self-improvement by nations.

In Tunisia, government officials and business owners are trying to draw a new kind of tourist who is willing to wander away from the all-inclusive beach resorts to explore the country’s rich history and culture. In Brazil, the world’s second-largest producer of ethanol, significant technological advances present an opportunity to adapt new, more efficient production methods. Japan is pushing itself away from traditional attitudes about money to develop a stronger private equity market. And in Colombia, high fashion is rapidly rising as a star of the economy, ready to give Paris and Milan a run for the money.

From a small shift to a sea change, transformation is taking place around the world. Some countries will win; others won’t be so successful. But for those who persevere, the payoff will be big.

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Contents

Growing an Economy: How Nations Build Their Baseline

Tunisia’s Tourism Strategy Shifts from Sand and Sea to Culture

The Global Push for Talent Development

Colombia’s Fashion Industry Moves Forward

Rio 2016: Winning the Olympics Bid

The Chinese Investor: Monolith or Mosaic?

Getting to Scale: Colombian Startups Look to International Growth

The Flower Industry in Colombia: Current Trends and Challenges

The Global Oil Industry and Africa’s Role in Its Future

Colombia’s Informal Sector

Something Different: Technology Changes Everything

Second-generation Ethanol Production in Brazil: A Historic Opportunity

How the U.S. and China Each Nurture Innovation

Back to the future? Germany’s Evolving Startup Scene

Help or Hindrance: Why Infrastructure is Important

Transportation Infrastructure Development in Asia: A Comparison of Indonesia, Vietnam and China

Favelas: Brazil’s Lingering Infrastructure Problem

Living in the Shadows: How Rural Workers Pose a Challenge to Chinese Urbanization

New Traditions: When Culture Clashes With Progress

Why the Organic Food Industry in China Hasn’t Taken Off

The Social, Political and Economic Impact of Chai in India

Entrepreneurship and the Custo Brasil

A Nation Apart: The Development of Private Equity in Japan

Breakfast in China: How 1.4 Billion People Start Their Day

Le Gaspillage Alimentaire: Stopping Food Waste in Europe

Female Entrepreneurship in China: Women Hold up Half the Sky

The State of the Arts: Realities and Implications of France’s Cultural Subsidy System