He offers a sweeping and thoughtful review of the latest trends in globalization. An author of more than 100 books, he explores the implications laid by these new drivers of growth and economic power. Ohmae attempts to plot developments on a global level, with definite local impacts, to extract relevant information out of the jumble of conflicting signals to determine who will be the winners and who will be the losers.
Ohmae argues that one should expand one's horizon beyond the confines of national boundaries, whether one is an individual investing one's own money, or, a mutual fund manager looking for an asset class to position into, or more especially, a corporation trying to find new clients or partners or suppliers. Ohmae gives plenty of food for thought concerning individual companies in India, China, and Japan, as well as more far-reaching discussions of global economic forces, regional strength, the changing role of government, and technological progress. The book is Asia-heavy, but it also takes a twist through other regions he considers hot spots for the future. Among these are Tallinn, Vancouver, Ho Chi Minh City, and So Paulo.
The book is divided into stages. Part one is The Stage. ...
Among these are Tallinn, Vancouver, Ho Chi Minh City, and So Paulo.
The book is divided into stages. Part one is The Stage. The curtain rises with a world tour as the reader's eyes are opened to some of what is happening in various parts of the world. Part Two is Stage Directions which takes one on a journey to understand the playmakers and views of global regionalism and their roles in future development. Part three is Government and politics and readers may gain insights into future markets and a wide range of countries where things are happening.
This book can be said to be more operational, a handbook for global profit. The section on reinventing economics dissects both governments and business practices before going on to discuss platforms for progress, inclusive of technologies and languages. The last third of the book provides the "script" for future global prosperity.
The book is enriched by a variety of perspectives involving geographic regions and countries that have prospered where success could not be assumed, such as companies in Sweden, Finland, Singapore, Dalian in China, the Multimedia Super Corridor in Malaysia, and Ireland and which regions have the potential to become such prosperity centers in the future, especially in Asia and the Baltic.
This book is not entirely uncontroversial, however. While it contains some fascinating insights into what may and what may not work in the future, his perceptions are limited - of course, by his experiences and his knowledge. This is expected of any author.
This paper has started off with an introduction about the author and his present work, and then discussed his approach in the book, and a briefing on his purpose. Discussions that follow are