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The World is Flat

The World is Flat - Thomas Friedman

The World is Flat - Thomas Friedman

Introduction

Book of the Week


The World is Flat.

This book is written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Thomas Friedman, a world renowned journalist.

 

In this book Friedman views the world as a level playing field because of the emerging technologies trends in technology and global business. He has travelled extensively and this book is a testimony of his acute observation and reflection.

Imagine that you slept through seventies to mid-nineties and after waking up, you are awestrucked by innumerable changes, then this book would explain you all changes of recent decades in a lucid and compelling manner.

This book examines the impact of Google and other giant movers and shakers of the world.

It focuses on the interconnectedness of the ever changing world. There are intriguing examples to show that numerous unknown regions have been massively transformed by globalization.

The writer shares an interesting anecdote about one his journey with his daughter. He would write all his friends' phone numbers in his note book. His daughter laughs at him and shows him the power of Google and Multimedia phones.

This book is crash course on metamorphosis of incredible transformations of our world in last few decades.

If you want to feel the impact of technology on our lives then this book is the perfect tool for you.

Summary

The World is Flat By Thomas Friedman


The title is derived from a statement given by former CEO of Infosys.

In this book Friedman narrates his journey to Bangalore. His choice of Bangalore is quite significant as it's a melting pot for the work flow software including off-shore businesses and emerging trends in global businesses. Friedman argues that unlike previous bouts of globalization, this new wave of global integration is driven by MNCs.

Freidman keeps reiterating the impact of organizational devices to facilitate key concepts.

He has shed light on some of important phenomena of last few decades including Collapse of the Berlin war, introduction of Netscape, Impact and stretch of Outsourcing and off sourcing, the newer modes of communication devices such as mobile phones, iPod, and VoIP phones, analog. He has given many examples of Indian and Chinese companies that have become part of complex global supply chains. He also advocates the virtues of adaptability to western world especially American companies to avoid conflict arising because of the imminent impact of outsourcing and offshoring.

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