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The World is Flat. Thomas Friedman. Three Stages of Globalization. 1492-1800 – Countries 1800-2000 – Companies 2000- --- Individuals and small groups. Playing field has gotten flat. Convergence of technology Flat countries/companies/organizations can plug and play equally

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the world is flat

The World is Flat

Thomas Friedman

three stages of globalization
Three Stages of Globalization
  • 1492-1800 – Countries
  • 1800-2000 – Companies
  • 2000- --- Individuals and small groups
playing field has gotten flat
Playing field has gotten flat
  • Convergence of technology
  • Flat countries/companies/organizations can plug and play equally
  • Does not distinguish between the good and the bad
wal mart multiple identity disorder
Wal Mart – multiple identity disorder
  • Consumer loves the low prices.
  • Shareholder loves the income.
  • Citizen hates how the employees are treated.
    • No health care
    • Tax supported
  • Neighbor hates the discrimination of women and minorities and locking people in at night.
wal mart s success
Wal Mart’s success
  • Lil’ Abner Country
  • Global supply chain
  • Sam Walton
    • Used computers early on
    • Wireless early on
  • Tough company to deal with
  • Out innovating
  • Out sourcing
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IBM
  • Sold PC business to China
political dilemma
Political dilemma
  • Indiana story
  • Who exploited who?
trade barriers yes or no
Trade barriers – yes or no
  • Con – high tech jobs, research jobs going away
  • Pro – competition has led to better living for us
  • We will need people ready for the jobs.
who do we owe
Who do we owe?
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
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Oil
  • Tax
  • Who gets it?
  • $ a gallon
  • We are funding both sides of the war on terrorism.
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11/9

Berlin

Collaboration

Imagination

9/11

New York

Collaboration

Imagination