Chapter 3. Ending Adversarial Commerce

Inefficiencies in the Current System

Everywhere we look, it appears that our established American industrial firms are under attack from more nimble and responsive competition. It comes equally from new small domestic startup firms as from foreign companies entering our domestic markets. These firms can challenge the existing model in several areas of apparent weakness: They are less prone to follow our time-honored business traditions. They can be faster and, because they are relatively new, can operate with less structure and bureaucracy. Our well-established system has too many separate layers and transactions. The flow of goods, material, and information is hampered by the fact that the atmosphere between ...

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