Proximity: How Coming Breakthroughs in Just-in-Time Transform Business, Society, and Daily Life

Proximity: How Coming Breakthroughs in Just-in-Time Transform Business, Society, and Daily Life

Proximity: How Coming Breakthroughs in Just-in-Time Transform Business, Society, and Daily Life

Proximity: How Coming Breakthroughs in Just-in-Time Transform Business, Society, and Daily Life

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Overview

What if you could have whatever you want, produced and provided immediately and affordably no matter how customized—with minimal environmental impact? Products, services, and experiences on demand. Just-in-time anything, anywhere, anytime. This radical change is underway, as digital technologies push the production and provision of value ever closer to the moment of demand.

Robert C. Wolcott and Kaihan Krippendorff provide an indispensable guide to the Proximity revolution, showing how it’s transforming every industry—and our lives. Offering unparalleled foresight for leaders and innovators, they reveal how pervasive this trend will be. Proximity represents an entirely new way to serve customers, with critical implications for corporate strategy, investing, public policy, supply chain resilience, and sustainability. Incremental changes to existing business models won’t suffice.

Through interviews and compelling examples, Proximity shares stories of the people and companies leading the way. The book places rapidly advancing technologies—from generative AI and 3D printing to lab-grown meats, renewable energy, and virtual reality—in context and explores the factors accelerating the transformation.

Proximity offers a playbook for business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs to win this rapidly emerging game—and for each of us to consider the implications for our careers, families, communities, and lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231207584
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2024
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 225,073
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert C. Wolcott is cofounder and chair of The World Innovation Network (TWIN Global). He is adjunct professor of innovation at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, and adjunct professor of executive education at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His books include Grow from Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation (with Michael J. Lippitz, 2009). Wolcott is an active venture investor in more than thirty companies, many of which are leading the Proximity revolution.

Kaihan Krippendorff is the founder of Outthinker Networks, a global think tank, and a professional speaker. His books include Driving Innovation from Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs (Columbia, 2019). A former McKinsey consultant, he is a strategic adviser to numerous leading corporations.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Philip Kotler
Acknowledgments
1. Proximity Rising
2. Accelerating Toward P = 0
3. How We Work
4. How We Eat
5. How We Prevent and Cure
6. How We Create and Produce
7. How We Power
8. How We Defend (with Michael J. Lippitz)
9. Proximity, Space, Virtual Worlds, and Lives We Desire
Appendix: A Proximity Strategy Workbook
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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