Villanova School of Business Research Insights Symposium: The Future of Globalization

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Villanova University, Bartley Hall 1011 (PwC Auditorium), 800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19087
United States

Globalization is under fire. Around the world, support for global economic integration and engagement may be at its lowest point in the modern era. The vote by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union and the withdrawal of the United States from the Transpacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement among 12 Pacific-facing nations, are two stark examples of this broad trend. Some see the United States as retreating from its long-held position as the leading advocate of trade and economic interdependence. Further, trade tensions have risen not just between the U.S. and China, two world powers jockeying for global leadership, but also between the U.S. and its key allies, such as the European Union and Canada. Concurrently, nationalist sentiments in the United States, Europe, Asia and elsewhere have resulted in raised barriers to both legal and illegal immigration. Exacerbating these pressures, longstanding concerns about the uneven impacts of globalization on jobs, wages and incomes have resurfaced, as have broader questions about the costs of economic globalization to both developed and developing countries and their citizens. On a more micro-level, progress toward global standards for financial reporting and regulation have also stalled. At the same time, however, trade and investment agreements continue to operate, and new economic arrangements are being put in place. Businesses, professionals and citizens continue to engage in global commerce, investment and people-to-people exchanges.

What then to make of this apparent shift in the global economic and political landscape? Do these trends represent a permanent realignment or a temporary blip? What is the future of globalization?
In this half-day symposium featuring leading scholars and commentators, including a keynote by Harvard economist Robert Z. Lawrence, we will address these and other pressing questions regarding the Future of Globalization. 
The Symposium will take place in Bartley Hall at Villanova University and run from 12:00n to 6:00pm and will include two panels of presentations, lunch, a coffee break, and a reception following the keynote.  There is no charge for the Symposium, but places are limited and you must register.


Business and Commerce
International Commerce
International Trade
International Relations
Global Crisis