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Revista Interamericana de Bibliografía (RIB)
Número: 1-4
Título: 1997
Sección: Reseñas Informativas / Informative Reviews

Alvin G. WINT. Corporate Management in Developing Countries: The Challenge of International Competitiveness. Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 1995. 221p., tables, index, selected bibliography.

In Corporate Management in Developing Countries, the author argues that the effective management of international business activities can improve the competitiveness and the development prospects of developing countries. The book was written from the perspective of developing countries.

The first chapter of the book reviews the economic theories and trends that support the central theme of the book: the successful pursuit of international business activities (which include trade, investment and other intermediate forms) improves national competitiveness, which ultimately results in economic growth and development. The rest of the book can be roughly divided into four sections.

The first section (chapters 2-4) is dedicated to a more in depth discussion of international trade theories and policies, with chapter 4 focusing more on the various forms of regional economic integration. The second section (chapters 5-8) is dedicated to the financial aspects that influence international business activities and economic development. These chapters deal specifically with financial and monetary systems, foreign exchange, balance of payments, national finance management, and foreign direct investment. The third section (chapter 9) outlines the intermediate forms of international business, such as subcontracting, licensing, turnkey contracts, management contracts, franchising, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. The fourth and final section (chapters 10-15) is more practical than theoretical. This section examines how firms operating in developing countries can manage their international operations (which include production, marketing, financing and government assistance for their exports, and the management of their international investments) so that they can become internationally competitive.

This book is aimed at people who are interested in the issues of international business and competitiveness within the context of developing countries. This group includes managers who are currently operating (or want to operate) in developing countries, as well as academics and students of international business.

The author holds a doctorate in International Business from Harvard University and is currently a Professor of Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations and several national governments in the area of International Business-Government Relations.


1. Estas reseñas fueron preparadas por las sugientes funcionarias de la Secretaría Ejecutiva para el Desarrollo Integral/These reviews were prepared by the following staff members of the Exeuctive Secretariat for Integral Development: María del Carmen Barreneche, María de Icaza, María Teresa Mellenkamp, y Rosario Villanueva Popovici.