Wall Flatteners

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A brief overview of the ten world-flatteners introduced by Thomas L. Friedman in his book 'The World is Flat'.

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Wall Flatteners

  1. 1. A Flat World:World-Flatteners<br />Neha Ahmed<br />
  2. 2. In 2005, Thomas L. Friedman published a book called ‘The World is Flat’.<br />The concept of a ‘flat world’ that he introduced is that our world today is one where walls between people and countries have been knocked down, making everyone in the world inter-connected.<br />Things that help to ‘flatten’ these walls around us are called ‘wall-flatteners’<br />There are ten ‘wall-flatteners’, and these are the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Netscape, workflow Software, open source, outsourcing, offshoring, supply-chaining, insourcing, in-forming, and “The Steroids”. Each is described individually in the following slides.<br />Introduction<br />
  3. 3. The Wall was blocking both our path and our sight to move forward.<br />The Fall was the beginning of a chain reaction that led to freedom.<br />The Fall of the Berlin Wall<br />
  4. 4. An internet browser<br />Broadened the audience of the World Wide Web<br />Made the web more accessible and used by more companies<br />Netscape<br />
  5. 5. Machines communicating with each other without human involvement<br />Examples include file conversation and e-mail filtering<br />Workflow Software<br />
  6. 6. Something that is open for people from all over the world to add to, contribute to, and edit<br />Examples include wikis (such as Wikispaces and Wikipedia), blogs, and Question/Answer sites (YahooAnswers etc)<br />Open Source<br />
  7. 7. When a company pays workers from outside of their company to do part of the work they need or to supply them materials<br />Using sources from outside of one’s own company, group, or organization<br />Outsourcing<br />
  8. 8. When a company moves its factory to another country<br />There is much off-shoring in China due to low labour costs<br />Offshoring<br />
  9. 9. Best example: WallMart<br />A customer purchases something and the details of the purchase are immediately sent to manufacturers without any human interference<br />Supply-chaining<br />
  10. 10. When a company’s employees perform services for another company<br />Saves on shipping costs<br />Example: UPS repairing Toshiba computers or Nikon cameras<br />Insourcing<br />
  11. 11. Easy and open access to a wide range of knowledge<br />Example: search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Ask<br />In-forming<br />
  12. 12. Personal digital devices<br />Can be used anytime, anywhere, by anyone<br />Examples: mobile phones, iPods, laptops<br />“The Steroids”<br />
  13. 13. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Is_Flat<br />http://sensiblerationalization.blogspot.com/2008/11/friedmans-10-world-flattener.html<br />http://betweenthetimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/world_is_flat.jpg<br />http://www.propagandaposters.us/imagesofwar/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/wall_fall.jpg<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netscape<br />http://www.sb.fsu.edu/~xray/Images/DellComputer.jpg<br />http://www.serendipity35.net/uploads/wiki.jpg<br />http://matsol.co.in/images/outsourcing_web.png<br />http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/img/2008/03/offshoring.jpg<br />http://www.axtin.com/solutions/images/supply_chain_diagram.jpg<br />http://res.sys-con.com/author/8153/Figure4_Outsourcing_and_insourcing.jpg<br />http://www.google.com/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelbuckle/2354867741/<br />http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/10684869/2/istockphoto_10684869-blue-bird-talking-on-mobile-phone.jpg<br />http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/resources/2007/10/Alienware%20superman.jpg<br />http://www.pahing.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/blackberry-bold-9000.jpg<br />Bibliography<br />

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