Harry G. Broadman: COVID’s Pandemic Is Not The End Of Globalization, It Will Even Spur Newer Global Supply Chains

Harry G. Broadman

Economist Harry G. Broadman, in his recent Forbes article, opined that the COVID pandemic Is not the end of globalization, it will even spur newer global supply chains.

In other words, like other crises, COVID generates both business risks and opportunities. Thus, as we make our way through this particular economic disruption, enterprises whose leaders panic and focus only on the downside will be left behind. Those who recognize this episode will inevitably engender upsides and a reorientation of the constellation of competitive advantage will be rewarded.

If there is one thing the COVID pandemic should bring into stark relief for C-suites and boardrooms striving to build greater resiliency in the corporations they oversee it is to not overly simplify decision-making between the (i) need for implementing short-run remedies to ameliorate disruptions in business activities occasioned by a crisis thought to be temporary with the (ii) imperative to institute fundamental changes in business strategy and operations driven by a crisis that is producing structural shifts in the constellation of market risks and opportunities.

While the former could be seen as a question of how to address a pause in activity that will largely resume to where it was prior to the crisis whereas the latter requires altering the basic calculus of business functions, in the real world of fundamental economic uncertainty—especially one in which everyone across the globe is affected as is the case with the COVID pandemic today—any short-term ameliorative should be nested within a longer-term one.

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Harry BroadmanFor thirty-six years, Harry Broadman has been an expert practitioner in international finance, investment and trade, business growth, risk-mitigation, innovation strategy, and corporate governance reform. One of the earliest serial entrepreneurs, he’s re-invented himself more than a handful of times not only in an interdisciplinary fashion but also across greatly differentiated senior roles in the private sector, interspersed with stints as a high-level policy maker.

Broadman has emerged as a genuine thought-leader on the unforeseen dynamics that have changed the underlying structure and character of world markets—long before the term “globalization” was commonplace. These insights shaped his career focus on structuring cross-border transactions, especially in high-growth emerging markets, the parts of the world toward which Harry has always had a strong predisposition. Illustrative of this, he’s worked on-the-ground with businesses large and small in more than 65 such countries across 5 continents. He’s a driving force advising, creating, and establishing highly-successful enterprises positioned at the leading edge of their markets.

Broadman is currently CEO and Managing Partner of Proa Global Partners LLC, a global investment transaction strategy firm and on the Johns Hopkins University faculty. His past positions include:

  • Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Managing Director at Albright Capital Management (Investment Committee)
  • senior official at the World Bank
  • Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the White House
  • United States Assistant Trade Representative
  • faculty member at Harvard University
  • fellow at the Brookings Institution

Harry’s insights on business, innovation, political risks and economic trends are also featured in several publications. He is a monthly columnist for Forbes, Newsweek International and Gulf News. He has also authored several books and numerous professional articles published in a wide array of peer-reviewed economics, law, and foreign policy journals. His most recent books are the World Bank’s best-selling; Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier; From Disintegration to Reintegration: Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the Global Economy; and The State As Shareholder: China’s Management of Enterprise Assets.

Harry G. Broadman received an A.B. in economics and history, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of The Bretton Woods Committee, and is a non-executive Director on several boards.

Harrys speaking topics include:

  • Just Where Is The Growth in the Global Economy?
  • Will China’s ‘One-Belt, One Road’, Become ‘A Bridge to Nowhere’?
  • Trump’s ‘Threatenomics’ Targets Mexico
  • Is This Globalization 2.0; or 3.0?
  • Infrastructure May Not Be Sexy, But Bring Sexy Back
  • India Is The Tortoise To China’s Hare
  • Brexit Is The UK’s Gift To A Revitalized EU
  • Africa Is Becoming Silicon Valley 2.0
  • Will Putin Succeed in Recreating the Soviet Empire?
  • Do Corporate Social Responsibility Programs Actually Pay Off?

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