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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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  • 1. A Flat World:World-Flatteners
    Neha Ahmed

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