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Next Global Stage: The: Challenges and Opportunities in Our Borderless World


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The future takes shape! Preview tomorrow's global economy... and the new rules for politics, business, and personal success.

  • Beyond the nation-state: towards a world driven by regional states and economic 'platforms'.
  • Why yesterday's economic theories no longer work: the accelerating power of complexity in today's global economy.
  • New ways to prepare for success on the global stage -- in your business, and in your life.


  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-147944-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-147944-9

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

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Table of Contents


The Plot.


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.

      Reinventing 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.

    Oscillating Wildly.

      Paradigm II.

    The Power of Politics.

    The Difficulty of Changing Habits.

    Uncle Sam Goes Global.

    The New Economic Paradigm.


4. Playmakers.

      Finding Your Bearings on the Global Stage.

      How Nation-States Retard Economic Development.

    The Nation-State Fetish.

    Strong States.

    The Rise of the Region.

      Defining the Region-State.

    Indian Summers.

    Carried Away in China.

    Not All Regions Are Created Equal.

    Surprising China.



    Size and Scale Matter, But Not in a Traditional Way.

    Regions Are Gaining Their Deserved Recognition.

      Practical Considerations.

      What a Successful Region Has to Do.

    Branding Places.

    The Will to Succeed.

      Organizing Regions.

    Other Unions.

    Free Trade Area or Fortress?

5. Platforms for Progress.

      Relentlessly Forward.

      Developing Technology Platforms.

      Language as Platform.

      English Inc.

      The Platform Profusion.

      Other Platforms.

6. Out and About.

      Border Crossings.

      Technology: The Fairy Godmother.

      BPO: India as a Launch Pad.

      Dormant India.

      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.

      The Search.

      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.

      For Dinner.


8. Reinventing Government.

      Disappearing Power.

      Beyond Distribution.

    Size Matters.

    Downsizing and Resizing.

      A Vision for Change.

      The Japanese Vision.

      Mapping the Future.

      Visions Versus Mirages.

    Government Vision.

    Getting Noticed.

    Only Educate.

    Closing Down Distance.

      A New Role for Government.

    China: Governing the Ungovernable.

    Malaysia’s Corridors of Power.

    Singapore’s Appetite for Reinvention.

    Swedish Rhapsody.

    The Craic of the Irish.

9. The Futures Market.

      All Change.

      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.

    Embrace Leadership.

    Value Information and Innovation.

    Embrace Flexibility.

      The Corporate Future.

    The Homeless Corporation.

    Innovation, Inc.

    The Adaptive Corporation.

    Beyond Hierarchy.

10. The Next Stage.

      The Regional Future.

      Hainan Island.

      Petropavlosk-Kamchatsily, Russia.

      Vancouver and British Columbia.


      The Baltic Corner.

      Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

      Khabarovsk, Maritime (Primorye) Province and Sakhalin Island, Russia.

      São Paulo, Brazil.

      Kyushu, Japan.

11. Postscript.

      Reopening the Mind of the Strategist.

      Beyond the Daydream.



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