JOHN THOMAS, dean of the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business, is a coauthor of chapters 2, 3 and 11 of the edited book The Performance of Nations, published last October by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. The book is the product of a five-year collective effort by more than a dozen scholars associated with the TransResearch Consortium (TRC), based at La Sierra University’s Zapara School of Business. TRC is an incubator for emerging new ideas in world politics, economics, and society. The book is the consortium’s first publication and offers a road map for entrepreneurs and policy makers alike to minimize risk and maximize results. The Performance of Nations is edited by Jacek Kugler, professor of world politics at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Politics and Economics, and Ronald L. Tammen, director of Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government.
The Performance of Nations helps corporate executives and policy makers make better decisions on investments or new initiatives. It provides an easy, GDP-like indicator to compare political performance of nations across time, space, and government types.