As we go to press, Greece is poised on the brink, yet again it seems, of defaulting on its massive debt, with predictions and fears of local, regional, and perhaps ultimately global dire consequences. The interconnectedness of economies around the globe has come into sharp focus as the prospects of financial crisis, perhaps even collapse, in the eurozone threatens to drag down the weak economic recovery in the United States, and adversely affect Asian economic stability. The past few years have shown all too clearly that globalization has a very real downside. Yet we hope to avoid a major crisis, maintain our struggling economies, and grow to greater prosperity through globalization as well. Isolationism is not an option. International fi nancial soundness and increased global trade are a large part of the solution. Business partners need to understand each other’s business practices, and also the indigenous languages and cultures of the business community around the world. That is simply good business, and the stakes have never been so high. Again this year, we are pleased to present articles that examine a great variety of topics and cultures, reflecting the global connections of business and the business languages that support international commerce.
Wood, Allen G.
"Introduction: Partnerships and New Alliances,"
Global Business Languages:
Vol. 16, Article 2.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol16/iss1/2