Summary of World Out of Balance

Navigating Global Risk to Seize Competitive Advantage

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World Out of Balance book summary
Globalization, shifting demographics, consumerism, limited resources and regulation will shape the future, but how?


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Author Paul A. Laudicina invites you to, "Come and look into my crystal ball!" His book, largely based on the research and insights of A.T. Kearney’s prestigious Global Business Policy Council, casts a wide net of future possibilities. After you put it down, you may feel its conclusions could best be summarized with a shrug and a muttered, "Who knows?" To say that five factors - globalization, demographics, consumers’ needs, natural resource limitations, and governmental regulation - will be the primary influences on future world markets is well and good, but what will their impact be? Given the variety of future scenarios here, you may be tempted to resort to John Maynard Keynes’ attitude that, "In the long run, we’re all dead." Be that as it may, Laudicina proves that any astute portrayal of future possibilities must reflect multiple, complex uncertainties. In this rapidly changing world, companies have a profound need to consider what may lie ahead. This volume should provide substantial assistance. strongly recommends it to corporate leaders, business prognosticators and futurists of every ilk.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the five key development drivers - globalization, demographics, consumerism, natural resources and regulation - may affect the future
  • How world markets might function in those future scenarios
  • How companies and countries may fare in the future


The Dust Settles
The economic barrage of the dot-com bust has abated. Executives are gradually clambering out of the foxholes of their defensive mindsets and dusting off their Armani suits. As they survey the pockmarked landscape, still nervously listening for shouts of "incoming!" and...
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About the Author

Paul A. Laudicina is managing director of A.T. Kearney’s highly regarded Global Business Policy Council, which is the source for many of the insights in the book.

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