Implications of "The World is Flat" for Managers and Leaders Book Review

Implications of "The World is Flat" for Managers and Leaders
A review of "The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Friedman.
# 153678 | 1,653 words | 2 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Sep 30, 2013 in Literature (American) , Economics (Globalization)

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The paper outlines how Friedman addresses the issue of globalization and the flattening of the world. The paper explains the ten forces or "flatteners" that led to the globalized world that is seen today and discusses how Friedman uses these ten flatteners to demonstrate how companies can gain a competitive advantage. The author of this paper asserts that Friedman offers an insightful look at how America and the world has progressed, without using a traditional "teaching" approach that can be dry and difficult to get through. Furthermore, this author opines that future managers and business leaders should invest in reading this work as it provides a foundation for understanding the current global business platform as well as possible challenges to look out for.

From the Paper:

"The World is Flat is broken into different parts, each of which will be discussed individually in the following section. Before discussing the different parts however, it is important to first note what Friedman means by the word "flat", or "flattening." While traveling the world, Friedman began to recognize a pattern in which individuals were able to proactively and efficiently compete for knowledge. This ability to compete for global knowledge empowered individuals and uplifting one's culture and share it more effectively with the world. Therefore, flattening does not rely solely on economic improvements in fact the author admits that this flattening does not in any way imply equality; in many cases, income disparity is quite apparent. Flattening is a term that indicates a greater flow of knowledge between individuals on a global scale.
"Friedman refers to first era of flattening as Globalization 1.0 in which the major change agent was how much power, i.e. horsepower, wind or steam power, one's country had and how creatively it could be deployed. Governments were the primary leaders in breaking down barriers and integrating the world."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Friedman, T. L. (2007). The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. (Expanded ed.). New York, NY: Picador. [Kindle].
  • Pink, D. H. (2005). Why the world is flat. Wired, 13(5). Retrieved from

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