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The World Is Flat


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Summary Of Chapter 2 of Thomas Friedman's book - The World is Flat

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The World Is Flat

  1. 1. ‘ The World is Flat’ by Thomas Friedman The Ten Forces that flattened the World. Nastassja Salem 10C
  2. 2. <ul><li>#1 The Fall of the Berlin Wall </li></ul><ul><li>This meant both sides of the wall </li></ul><ul><li>could join in the economic </li></ul><ul><li>mainstream. </li></ul>
  3. 3. #2 Netscape and the Internet Just a over decade the web has broadened from use as a communications medium for very few technologically advanced people to use by anyone of almost any age for various purposes.
  4. 4. Workflow Software allows a computer to do its work for you as well as allowing computers to work with each other without human collaboration. Thomas Friedman believes this force to be a “crude foundation of a whole new global platform for collaboration.” Wikipedia is an example of stochastic (random) workflow.
  5. 5. Open Sourcing Communities working together on online projects such as;
  6. 6. This is where companies are able to split manufacturing activities in a cost-effective and efficient way. Outsourcing
  7. 7. Off shoring… Is the Relocation of the inner workings of a company’s manufacturing process to a country of cheaper operations.
  8. 8. Supply Chaining This is when a company takes products from many different places and sells them in one place such as… using technology to streamline item sales, distribution, and shipping.
  9. 9. In sourcing This is when a company's employees perform services for another company. For example, UPS repairs Toshiba computers on behalf of Toshiba.
  10. 10. Thomas Friedman believes that these 8 aspects are those that played the main role in flattening the world and leveling the global playing field.