The World Is Flat

The World Is Flat


Friedman, Thomas L. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
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Although outsourcing is the current hot topic, Friedman reports that outsourcing is just one dimension of a much more fundamental phenomenon unfolding today – the flattening of the world. Massive technological investment, the explosion of software, and the plummeting price of computers and their worldwide diffusion have all come together to create a platform for intellectual work/capital to be delivered from anywhere to anywhere. This convergence has provided a whole new degree of freedom in the way people perform tasks, especially intellectual tasks.

Thus, countries like India and China are now able to compete for global knowledge work as never before, and America will be challenged as never before by this new milestone in human progress. This is what The World Is Flat is all about. It provides an understanding of how this flattening process occurred and what its implications might be for countries, companies, and individuals.