Winner Take All: How Competitiveness Shapes the Fate of Nations

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Over the past thirty years, the United States has lost commanding leads in business after business. We no longer make cameras, TVs, MP3 players, cell phones, or DVD players, and we have become the world?s largest debtor nation. Everyone thinks this is because of cheap labor costs, but in fact Asian leaders have a fundamental and different way of thinking about business. They are playing a different game. If the U.S. wants to regain its competitiveness and preserve its global power, it must play the game as it?s ...

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Overview

Over the past thirty years, the United States has lost commanding leads in business after business. We no longer make cameras, TVs, MP3 players, cell phones, or DVD players, and we have become the world’s largest debtor nation. Everyone thinks this is because of cheap labor costs, but in fact Asian leaders have a fundamental and different way of thinking about business. They are playing a different game. If the U.S. wants to regain its competitiveness and preserve its global power, it must play the game as it’s played in the rest of the world. Winner Take All tells us what it takes to be competitive, and how we need to reform our thinking to regain what we have lost. Richard Elkus isn’t afraid to bring a few sacred cows to the slaughter. This is the essential primer for any policy maker, business leader, or general reader interested in knowing how America can regain the economic clout it once had.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465003150
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/7/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Elkus has been chief executive or on the board of directors of over fifteen different high-technology companies, as well as a board member of the University of California President’s Board of Science and Innovation, Scripps Research Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Economic Strategy Institute, the American Electronics Association, and many other organizations. This is his first book. He lives in Atherton, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Great Giveaway 1

1 Replay 27

2 Convergence 49

3 Evolution, Part 1 77

4 Evolution, Part 2 95

5 Chasing the Rainbow: The Cost of Infrastructure 123

6 Education and Competitiveness: The Vicious and Virtuous Circle 157

7 It's Not about the Picture: The Case of HDTV 179

8 Winners and Losers 205

9 Failure Is Not an Option 223

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 247

Index 257

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    A book that is an adventure

    This man's knoweledge of the intertwining of American and Japanese business makes this book read like an adventure story. And, it is that. He has a lot to say, and American business and political leaders should read and learn from this book for the greater good of the United States. In fact, it's not only that they should read this book, it is critical that they do.

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