This is an archived course. A more recent version may be available at


Global Markets, National Policies, and the Competitive Advantages of Firms

Photo of a blue flag with yellow stars.

European Union flag. (Photograph courtesy of Giampaolo Squarcina on Flickr.)


MIT Course Number


As Taught In

Fall 2007



Course Description

The world is changing in two fundamental ways. First, the development of a truly global market in products, services, capital, and even certain types of labor is changing the basic terms of competition for an array of different firms and industries. Second, the rules and institutions governing the new international economic order are still in flux. National regulations are no longer adequate yet international accords over trade, intellectual property, labor standards, and a host of other issues are fiercely and frequently contested by competing interests. The final results of these debates will determine who wins and who loses in the new global economy. Understanding the interaction between environment and business around the world is the key to understanding both the possibilities for and constraints on either managing an existing or starting a new business in today's fast-changing economy.