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Preface

The first two editions of Global Business aspired to set a new standard for interna- tional business (IB) textbooks. Based on the enthusiastic support from students and instructors in Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States, the first two editions achieved unprecedented success. A Chinese translation is now available and a European adaptation (coauthored with Klaus Meyer) has been suc- cessfully launched. In short, Global Business is global.

The third edition aspires to do even better. It continues the market-winning framework centered on one big question and two core perspectives pioneered in the first edition, and has been thoroughly updated to capture the rapidly moving research and events of the past few years. Written for undergraduate and MBA students around the world, the third edition will continue to make IB teaching and learning more (1) engaging, (2) comprehensive, (3) fun, and (4) relevant.

More Engaging As an innovation in IB textbooks, a unified framework integrates all chapters. Given the wide range of topics in IB, most textbooks present the discipline in a fashion that “Today is Tuesday, it must be Luxembourg.” Very rarely do authors address: “Why Luxembourg today?” More important, why IB? What is the big ques- tion in IB? Our unified framework suggests that the discipline can be united by one big question and two core perspectives. The big question is: What deter- mines the success and failure of firms around the globe? To address this question, Global Business introduces two core perspectives, (1) the institution-based view and (2) the resource-based view, in all chapters. It is this relentless focus on our big question and core perspectives that enables this book to engage a variety of IB topics in an integrated fashion. This provides unparalleled continuity in the learning process.

Global Business further engages readers through an evidence-based approach. I have endeavored to draw on the latest research rather than the latest fads. As an active researcher myself, I have developed the unified framework not because it just popped up in my head when I wrote the book. Rather, this is an extension of my own research that consistently takes on the big question and leverages the two core perspectives.1

1 For the big question, see M. W. Peng, 2004, Identifying the big question in international business research, Journal of International Business Studies, 35: 99–108. For the institution-based view, see M. W. Peng, S. L. Sun, B. Pinkham, & H. Chen, 2009, The institution-based view as a third leg for a strategy tripod, Academy of Management Perspectives, 23(3): 63–81; M. W. Peng, D. Wang, & Y. Jiang, 2008, An institution-based view of international business strategy: A focus on emerging economies, Journal of International Business Studies, 39: 920–936. For the resource-based view, see M. W. Peng, 2001, The resource-based view and international business, Journal of Management, 27: 803–829.

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