Racing through the parking lot at work, I carry out my ritual of counting import versus domestic cars. Like the Olympics, I hope that the home team would win. During my ritual, domestic cars often lose to their foreign competitors in the number of cars. However, it would be difficult to identify what an American product is because of the transformation of the world due to globalization.
In June, the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank into the red for the year after a dismal U.S. job report. Stocks globally have been on a downward spiral since the beginning of May due to worries about Europe’s debt troubles and China’s economic engine which has begun to stall. Many people hope that companies like General Motors can jumpstart the American economy.
Like Detroit, Knoxville would embrace the return of the manufacturing industry. According to a recent Brookings Institute report, “Locating American Manufacturing: Trends in the Geography of Production,” manufacturing jobs in the Knoxville Metropolitan area increased 9.9% from 2010 to 2011.
In fact, this manufacturing gain was more than 3 times the national average, ranking Knoxville 6th in the nation. However, many globalization critics argue that weak international trade agreements destroy manufacturing jobs in developed countries like the United States. The net results are American businesses move operations to countries with cheaper labor.
Dr. Daryl D. Green is the Vice President of Marketing at AGSM Consulting, LLC, where he provides strategic planning, marketing and product development to emerging and existing businesses. In 2016, Dr. Green retired from the Department of Energy, where he had been employed for over 27 years in the DOE’s Environmental Management Program. He is a much sought-after speaker and award-winning author of several textbooks and reference books, including Job Strategies for the 21st Century. Dr. Green has a national digital marketing certification and is also a respected researcher in his field of study, which focuses on culture, decision-making, leadership, management and marketing.
Dr. Green received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University, an M.A. in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, and a doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. He is currently a respected university professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, who has been noted and quoted by USA Today, Ebony Magazine and the Associated Press.