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World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy

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Combining powerful arguments with real-life examples, World Class shows how companies of all sizes - as well as cities, states, and regions everywhere - can gain local benefits from global opportunities.

From the bestselling author of When Giants Learn to Dance and The ChangeMasters comes the first book which shows how local companies and communities can reap profits and flourish by tapping into global business networks. Kanter provides a detailed action plan for ...

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Overview

Combining powerful arguments with real-life examples, World Class shows how companies of all sizes - as well as cities, states, and regions everywhere - can gain local benefits from global opportunities.

From the bestselling author of When Giants Learn to Dance and The ChangeMasters comes the first book which shows how local companies and communities can reap profits and flourish by tapping into global business networks. Kanter provides a detailed action plan for both companies and communities.

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Kanter (Men & Women of the Corporation, Basic Bks., 1993) is a prolific writer in the areas of organization, change, and work and family. Expanding her view to encompass the globalization not only of business but of our daily lives, she strives to convey the importance of realizing the worldwide impact of our decisions as individuals, corporations, and communities. Kanter discusses the fundamental and far-reaching elements of change in the workplace: outsourcing, temporary workers, and job loss. In the chapter "Making the Global Economy Work Locally," which examines studies of foreign companies operating successfully in Boston, South Carolina, and Miami, she asserts, "The best cities are places where businesses and people learn better and develop faster than they otherwise would, because they are centers of the three C's...concepts, competence, and connections." A solid work; recommended for all business collections.-Lisa K. Miller, Paradise Valley Community Coll. Lib., Phoenix
Barbara Jacobs
Count on many requests for Kanter's latest contribution to the world of business. Based on extensive questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups, her new book examines what factors equate with her definition of the word "cosmopolitan". She heralds five cities, from Boston to Seattle, as urban areas thriving in world markets, yet she scrutinizes each for warts as well as wisdom. Her principles seem sound; for instance, she encourages companies to organize around customers, to collaborate with partners, to set high goals, and to support constant learning. Her depth of research makes it difficult to refute her contention that strong collaborations and strong infrastructures present the new keys to global survival and to success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684811291
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
1 The Rise of the World Class 17
2 Winning in Global Markets 39
3 The New Business Cosmopolitans 60
4 "Best Partner": Transforming Supply Chains of Global Webs 90
5 Wallets and Ballot Boxes 119
6 Workplaces, Careers, and Employability Security 145
7 Business Leadership in the Community 174
8 Thinkers: The Brains of Boston 201
9 Makers: Foreign Manufacturing in South Carolina 242
10 Traders: International Connections Through Miami 283
11 World Class Business: Leadership across Boundaries 327
12 World Class Regions: Strengthening the Infrastructure for Collaboration 353
Acknowledgments 381
Appendix: Research as Civic Action: A Note on Sources, Methods, and Collaborations 385
Notes to Chapters 390
Index 403
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