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“This is essential reading for anyone seeking to compete–and succeed–in the fl at world.”
–John Hagel, Chairman of Deloitte Center of Innovation
“Competing in a Flat World provides an extraordinary glimpse into a new kind of organizational architecture, one built around the notion of orchestrating resources you don’t control and doing so in a way that builds both trust and agility. This architecture may well turn out to be the dominant model of the firm for the 21st century. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to compete in a flat world. Every chapter details new and powerful ideas.”
–John Seely Brown, Former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and coauthor of The Only Sustainable Edge
“We are led by unstoppable economic forces to connect our resources to form smart networks, either wired or unwired. The authors bring forward the notion of ‘network orchestration,’ an almost one-size-fits-all strategy for organizations to survive and excel in an ever-flattening world.”
–John Chen, Sybase Chairman, CEO and President
In the “flat world,” everything changes…above all, what it takes to run a winning company. Success is less about what the company can do itself and more about what it can connect to. Find out how it’s done, from the company that pioneered “flat world” success, Li & Fung, which produces more than $8 billion in garments and other goods for the world’s top brands and retailers–without owning a single factory.
Victor and William Fung and Jerry Wind, author of the best-selling The Power of Impossible Thinking, reveal how they’ve replaced “old-fashioned” infrastructure and huge employee bases with a fluid, ever-changing network that can design, manufacture, and deliver almost anything, anywhere. The key to success in this world is a set of principles for “network orchestration,” described for the first time in this book. They examine how these principles can be applied in manufacturing, services and other industries. They show how to build and orchestrate your own world-class global network.
* Compete “network vs. network”–and win!
* Create a “big-small” company that combines scale and agility
* Forge loose-tight relationships with suppliers
* Balance control with empowerment, stability with renewal
* Manage the “bumps” in the flat world–from politics to terrorism
Visit the authors' website: www.competinginaflatworld.net
Dr. Victor K. Fung is Group Chairman of Li & Fung. He is Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard.
Dr. William K. Fung is Group Managing Director of Li & Fung. He has chaired the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Hong Kong Exporters’ Association. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Yoram (Jerry) Wind, the Lauder Professor and Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, is an expert, consultant, and lecturer on business buying behavior, market segmentation, and marketing strategy. His books include The Power of Impossible Thinking. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
interesting concept, and very well-written. one star deducted because sometimes it's repetitive and circular, and somewhat fails to consider some fundamental differences between... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daniel
I read the above book as a result of a Martin Christopher's recommendation. Christopher is among my favorite instructors in the area of logistics/supply chain management, so that I... Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Alexandre Winkler
The book I ordered arrived in the condition stated and in a timely manner. I am reading this for a class before we go and tour the Li and Fung factories in China, so I wanted it... Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by JoDee
If I skip the pages where "Li & Fung" is written, nothing is left. There are a lot of good ideas and approaches but it is really boring for me to read about how the ideas are... Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by dreng
This operations management related book is inspiring in terms of methodology. It gives new insights into organizing operations in a flat world and leverage on the networks.Published on July 25, 2010 by Emmanuel
This is a good book if you want to know how international business works or if you want to start one yourself. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Asif Gill
This is a bit more practical than 'The World is Flat', but not practical enough. Many, many businesses have gone global with the hopes of getting things done cheaply, only to find... Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by Martin Gollery
I purchased this book after reading The World is Flat by Friedman. I was looking for a more practical guide to competing in the "flat world". This book is not a practial guide! Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by John
As somebody who had lived in Hong Kong for decades experiencing the evolution of its textile and clothing industry, I did expect much more from this book about how Li&Fung turned... Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by ServantofGod