Joel Kurtzman

Joel Kurtzman

Joel Kurtzman is a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank. His research focuses on globalization and its risks and has been published widely. He is also Executive Director of the Milken Institute’s SAVE Project which focuses on energy security, climate change and alternative energy. Kurtzman is a Trustee of Sierra Nevada College, and a member of the Editorial Board of "MIT’s Sloan Management Review." He is an advisor to the Wharton School’s SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management and to the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Davis.

Kurtzman was the Editor-in-Chief of the "Harvard Business Review" and a member of the editorial board of Harvard Business School Publishing. He was founding Editor-in-Chief of "Strategy + Business" magazine.

Kurtzman was also a business editor and columnist at "The New York Times".

Best known for his work on the intersection between economics and business, Kurtzman has authored, co-authored or edited 20 books and hundreds of general and scholarly articles. His widely-cited book, "The Death Of Money", was made into television documentaries in the U.S., (PBS) and in Japan (NHK).

Before forming the Kurtzman Group, Kurtzman was Global Lead Partner for Thought Leadership and Innovation at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest professional services firm, where he was responsible for developing new ideas in areas such as strategy, financial reporting, technology, the capital markets and business policy. He was also responsible for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Menlo Park Technology Centre, its technology forecasts, its innovative R&D programs and its global publishing activities.

Earlier in his career, Kurtzman was an international economist at the United Nations where he was deputy director of the U.N.’s Project on the Future. Kurtzman’s economic modeling teams were among the first to warn of the impending Latin America debt crisis, in the 1990’s. His research teams produced a library of 17 volumes of books on the global economy (The NIEO Library, Pergamon Press, Elsmford, New York).

Kurtzman has testified before the U.S. Congress on economic matters and has provided testimony to the Italian Parliament and the Parliament of Spain regarding their economic development activities.

While at the UN, Kurtzman was involved as a negotiator between India and the Union Carbide Corporation over the Bhopal disaster. In 2001, he was awarded India’s Indira Gandhi Prize for these efforts.

During his tenure as Global Thought Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Joel Kurtzman created The Opacity Index, which is now the subject of a full-length book, The Global Edge, published by Harvard Business School Press. Using established data bases and 70 different metrics, the Opacity Index measures the risk-based cost of doing business around the world by looking at 5 "CLEAR" factors: Conflict/Corruption levels, Legal practices, Economic factors, Accounting, and Regulatory practices (spelling the acronym C-L-E-A-R). The resulting index rank orders some 53 countries by their scores. A study of the Opacity Index will provide companies who have global imperatives a dashboard for assessing the risk associated with their expansion. The Opacity Index is published regularly by the Kurtzman Group, with research support from the Milken Institute.

=Bibliography [cite web |url= |title=Joel Kurtzman: Books | |accessdate=2008-06-11] [Unless specified otherwise, the information was extracted from] =

*"Global Edge: Using the Opacity Index to Manage the Risks of Cross-border Business", Harvard Business School Press, 2007
*"Startups That Work: Surprising Research on What Makes or Breaks a New Company", Portfolio/Putnam Business, September, 2005, New York
*"MBA in a Box: Practical Ideas from the Best Brains in Business", 2004, Random House, New York
*"How the Markets Really Work", May 2002, Random House, New York
*"Radical E", May 2001, John Wiley & Sons, New York
*"Thought Leaders: Insights on the Future of Business", Jossey-Bass/Simon & Schuster, San Francisco, December 1997. Also in French, German and Japanese.
*"The Death of Money: How the Electronic Economy Has Destablized the World's Markets and Created Financial Chaos", Simon & Schuster, New York, April 1993; paperback by Little Brown, New York, 1994; published in Japan by Kodansha, 1994. Also in Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.
*"The Decline and Crash of the American Economy", an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. economy, W.W. Norton and Company, New York, 1988.
*"Futurcasting", a textbook on forecasting, E.T.C. Publications, Palm Springs, CA,1983.
*"Rcdc (Regional Cooperation Among Developing Countries): The New Imperative of Development in the 1980s", [cite web |url= |title=Rcdc (Regional Cooperation Among Developing Countries): The New Imperative of Development in the 1980s |publisher=Alibris UK |accessdate=2008-06-11] (Co-authored with Ervin Laszlo and A.K. Bhattacharya) Pergamon Press, Elmsford , NY,1983.
*"Eastern Europe and the New International Economic Order: Representative Samples of Socialist Perspectives", (edited with Ervin Laszlo) Pergamon Press, Elmsford , NY,1980, also in French.
*"The Structure of the World Economy and Prospects for a New International Economic Order", [cite web |url= |title=Book Review - The Structure of the World Economy and Prospects for a New International Economic Order |publisher="Foreign Affairs" |accessdate=2008-06-11] (Edited with Ervin Laszlo) Pergamon Press, Elmsford, NY,1980, also in French, Spanish and Italian.
*"Food for the World",cite web |url= |title=Staff Biography - Joel Kurtzman |publisher=Milken Institute |accessdate=2008-06-11] (co-authored with Toivo Miljan and Ervin Laszlo) Pergamon Press, Elmsford, NY, 1980.
*"World Leadership And The New International Economic Order", (co-authored with John O'Manique and Ervin Laszlo) Pergamon Press, Elmsford , NY,1980.
*"Europe And The New International Economic Order", (Edited with Ervin Laszlo) Pergamon Press, Elmsford, NY,1979, also in French.
*"The United States, Canada and the New International Economic Order", (co-authored with Ervin Laszlo) Pergamon Press, Elmsford, NY, 1978, also in French.
*"Political and Institutional Issues of the New International Economic Order", [cite web |url= |title=Book Review - Political and Institutional Issues of the New International Economic Order |publisher="Foreign Affairs" |accessdate=2008-06-11] (co-authored with Ervin Laszlo) Pergamon Press, Elmsford, NY,1978.
*"No More Dying", the future of bio-medical technology, J.P. Tarcher/St. Martins, New York,1977, Dell Books, 1978; In Spanish Editiones Lazar, 1979; also in Russian, 1987.
*"Sweet Bobby : A Novel", a novel, McGraw-Hill, New York,1974.
*"Crown Flowers", a novel, E.P. Dutton, New York, 1970, Ballantine Books, New York, 1971.


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