Book review: An interesting perspective on the emerging economic scenario

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The only sustainable edge: Why business strategy depends on productive friction and dynamic specialisaion

John Hagel III, John Seely Brown
Harvard University Press, May 2005

Despite the rather long winding title/subtitle – I think this is an interesting book that talks about the impact of new technologies and of the emergence of the low-cost economies on management of the supply chain. Its perhaps just a coincidence that this book was published just prior to the announcement by Apple of their move from IBM-PowerPC to Intel chips. This book covers some of the inherent reasons behind that move. This book read along with the Thomas Friedman’s treatise on "flat world" should help us develop a very good picture of today’s economic environment and how it will affect the design and development of today’s and tomorrow’s supply chains and organisations.