Globalization is a fact. You can't stop it; it has already happened; it is here to stay. And we are moving into a new global stage.
A radically new world is taking shape from the ashes of yesterday's nation-based economic world. To succeed, you must act on the global stage, leveraging radically new drivers of economic power and growth. Legendary business strategist Kenichi Ohmae–who in The Borderless World, published in 1990, predicted the rise and success of globalization, coining the very word–synthesizes today's emerging trends into the first coherent view of tomorrow's global economy–and its implications for politics, business, and personal success.
Ohmae explores the dynamics of the new "region state," tomorrow's most potent economic institution, and demonstrates how China is rapidly becoming the exemplar of this new economic paradigm. The Next Global Stage offers a practical blueprint for businesses, governments, and individuals who intend to thrive in this new environment. Ohmae concludes with a detailed look at strategy in an era where it's tougher to define competitors, companies, and customers than ever before.
As important as Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations, as fascinating as Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree, this book doesn't just explain what's already happened: It offers a roadmap for action in the world that's beginning to emerge.
New economics for a borderless world
Why Keynes' and Milton Friedman's economics are history–and what might replace them
Leveraging today's most powerful platforms for growth
From Windows to English to your global brand
Technology: driving business death–and rebirth
Anticipating technological obsolescence–and jumping ahead of it
Government in the post-national era
What government can do when nation-states don't matter
Leadership and strategy on the global stage
Honing your global vision and global leadership skills
I. THE STAGE.
1. The World Tour.
The Curtain Rises.
The World as a Stage.
A Speedy Global Tour.
Meanwhile in Ireland.
Finland: In from the Cold.
What Is the Global Economy?
Measured in Multiples.
2. Opening Night.
The World AG.
Leading the Dinosaur.
The View From the Hotel: Detroit.
Busting the Budget.
Gates to the Future.
14 AG: China.
Putting an “e” in Christmas.
3. The End of Economics.
Economic Theories That Once Fitted the Times.
New Fundamentals Require New Thinking.
Turning the Taps On and Off.
Deflation and the GDP Deflator.
Interests Rates and Nest Eggs.
Can Physics Help?
A Complex World.
The Curve Ball.
The Power of Politics.
The Difficulty of Changing Habits.
Uncle Sam Goes Global.
The New Economic Paradigm.
II. STAGE DIRECTIONS.
Finding Your Bearings on the Global Stage.
How Nation-States Retard Economic Development.
The Nation-State Fetish.
The Rise of the Region.
Defining the Region-State.
Carried Away in China.
Not All Regions Are Created Equal.
Size and Scale Matter, But Not in a Traditional Way.
Regions Are Gaining Their Deserved Recognition.
What a Successful Region Has to Do.
The Will to Succeed.
Free Trade Area or Fortress?
5. Platforms for Progress.
Developing Technology Platforms.
Language as Platform.
The Platform Profusion.
6. Out and About.
Technology: The Fairy Godmother.
BPO: India as a Launch Pad.
More Than a One-Country Wonder.
BPO as a Platform.
Home Sweet Home.
Myths and Half-Truths.
The View from India.
Reaping the Benefits.
BPO in a Borderless World.
7. Breaking the Chains.
The Portal Revolution.
Have You Been Googled Recently?
Paying the Bill: The Payment Revolution.
On the Rails.
Delivery: The Logistics Revolution.
The Arrival of the Micro Tag.
Cool Chains and Fresh Food.
Using Logistics to Solve Bigger Problems.
III. THE SCRIPT.
8. Reinventing Government.
Downsizing and Resizing.
A Vision for Change.
The Japanese Vision.
Mapping the Future.
Visions Versus Mirages.
Closing Down Distance.
A New Role for Government.
China: Governing the Ungovernable.
Malaysia’s Corridors of Power.
Singapore’s Appetite for Reinvention.
The Craic of the Irish.
9. The Futures Market.
The Technological Future.
Technological Progress Means Death Is a Fact of Business Life.
The Rise of VoIP and Its Impact on Telecoms.
Join the March Early.
The Personal Future.
Value Information and Innovation.
The Corporate Future.
The Homeless Corporation.
The Adaptive Corporation.
10. The Next Stage.
The Regional Future.
Vancouver and British Columbia.
The Baltic Corner.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Khabarovsk, Maritime (Primorye) Province and Sakhalin Island, Russia.
São Paulo, Brazil.
Reopening the Mind of the Strategist.
Beyond the Daydream.