CHAPTER 16

The new world order

How to set your agenda for the decade ahead

We are witnessing a changing of the guard. The dramatic emergence of the Amazon.com juggernaut that is big enough to unsettle even Walmart is one clear indicator that turbulence is on the way. Globe-spanning multinational companies are fast becoming an autonomous force in the world: they are bigger than all but the largest national economies. Some argue the supply chains of these corporations, which connect producers and providers to customers around the world, have led to the emergence of an ‘Independent Republic of the Supply Chain’,1 more powerful than governments and their regulators. But could our future be so dastardly, and lead to your demise? It doesn’t have to ...

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