Working within Global Boundaries Part 2
The forces, trends, and pace of the business environment have the single greatest influence on shaping organizational culture. But there are even more global forces affecting the business environment in subtle, but profound ways. The Breckenridge Institute® has identified Four Global Boundary Conditions that will define the logical geography of the business environment for the next 50 to 100 years. This month we feature the second of four – The Global Redistribution of Knowledge, Power and Wealth.
“Peter Drucker was a visionary,” states Mark Bodnarczuk, Executive Director of the Breckenridge Institute®. In 1997, Drucker predicted that the under-population of developed countries in North America, Japan, and Europe and the sharply rising birth rate in developing countries had irrevocably changed the landscape of the world’s economy for the next 100 years. “Global advances in science and technology combined with demographics have flattened the playing field for emerging nations like India and China,” states Bodnarczuk. “For example, calls made by Americans to customer service centers are often routed seamlessly to technical experts in India or other emerging nations.” Economic growth in developed countries like the U.S. cannot come from putting more people to work or from an increased number of domestic consumers, so it must come from the increased productivity of knowledge workers, which creates increasing pressure to do more with less. This trend will only intensify as the global redistribution of knowledge, power, and wealth runs its course. “We believe that the global redistribution of knowledge, power, and wealth has already dramatically changed the workplace and will become one of the biggest issues that corporate culture must contend with,” Bodnarczuk commented. Consciously creating a corporate culture that mitigates the down sides and pressures of these global trends and identifies and capitalizes on myriad new opportunities is the key strategy for controlling an organization’s destiny.
Next Time: The lead article in the January issue of the Pinnacle will feature the third of Four Global Boundary Conditions within which organizations must operate – Competing Political, Cultural, and Religious Ideologies.
HBR Editor’s Blog
Every month, the senior editors of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) invite internationally recognized organizational theorists and practitioners to raise issues and answer questions about leadership and management issues on the HBR Editor’s Blog. This month, we provide Pinnacle readers with links to two important and interesting discussions (see below).
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, A Financial Turnaround Requires Culture Change
Vineet Nayar, What Leaders Can Learn from Children
We encourage you to join the conversation on the HBR Editor’s Blog and voice your opinions, commentary, and insights on these and other important topics.
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