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Global tectonics is a five-year research project that reveals that the future of commerce worldwide will be greatly influenced by a dozen ideas that will affect business leaders across all industries. The global tectonics are: biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, population, urbanization, disease and globalization, resource management, environmental degradation, knowledge dissemination, economic integration, conflict, and governance.

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Global Tectonics Articles
The Growth of Biotechnology Article Cover The Growth of Biotechnology

In the span of a decade, biotechnology has evolved from an R&D initiative to a major force in the agriculture and health care industries. Manufacturers should prepare to feel increasingly the effects of biotech applications as well. While society continues to debate the morality of biotechnology, companies that develop safe applications accepted by a wary public will reap enormous profits.
Nanotechnology: Small Revolution Article Cover Nanotechnology: Small Revolution

Nanotechnology is already attracting considerable investment by both governments and private industry worldwide. When perfected, advanced nanotechnology will streamline production and reduce manufacturing costs in significant ways. The result will be a $1 trillion sales market for nanotech components in the next 15 years.
IT: Ubiquitous Force Article Cover IT: Ubiquitous Force

Information technology and its results touch every aspect of our lives. Statistics reveal that IT will be an ever more vital and multidimensional part of our daily lives. While the opportunities are obvious, the challenges are often hidden.
Population: Shifting Demographics Article Cover Population: Shifting Demographics

Worldwide population is on the rise: however, the increase is not happening symmetrically across the globe. Some of the countries that can least afford to support a burgeoning citizenship will find their resources stretched to the limit. At the same time, some developed countries will battle a problem of a declining birthrate combined with an aging population, resulting in a very lean work force.
Urbanization: Uncharted Growth Article Cover Urbanization: Uncharted Growth

The rush of people from the country to the city will have profound effects on urban centers across the globe. What has happened in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the past 50 years serves as an example of what is to come for many cities, Stretched beyond its capacity to provide residents with necessary systems, Sao Paulo has massive congestion, poor public transportation, and a noticeable lack of proper sanitation.
Disease and Globalization: On a Fast Track Article Cover Disease and Globalization: On a Fast Track

While epidemics have been around for as long as humanity’s existence, their spread was once held in check by geography. However, the proliferation of high-speed global transport of people and livestock has opened the floodgates for disease transmission. Private business must find its role in responding to disease outbreaks.
Resource Management: Allocating Precious Stores Article Cover Resource Management: Allocating Precious Stores

Water, food, and energy will be at the forefront of resource allocation concerns in the decades to come. Earth’s most precious renewable resource, water is becoming increasingly scarce; food, although produced at a rate to nourish all the Earth’s inhabitants, can’t reach the necessary locations; and energy, a driving force in the global economy, faces an uncertain future. Businesses must invest in strategic resources to position themselves to succeed as these forces unfold.
Environmental Degradation: Our Failing Earth Article Cover Environmental Degradation: Our Failing Earth

Changes in our natural environment have a profound impact, yet as elements of business planning, they have been largely overlooked. Gradual developments easily go unnoticed, but there is still time to act on negative trends, turning them to business advantages while healing our planet for everyone’s benefit.
Knowledge Dissemination: Economic Development Solution Article Cover Knowledge Dissemination: Economic Development Solution

Knowledge—the production and dissemination of context-dependent information—is playing an important role in wealth generation around the world. In this economy, ideas and know-how are proving to be as valuable as the traditional factors of production: capital, land, and labor. China and India are already riding this new economic wave.
Economic Integration: Tech-Enabled Synthesis Article Cover Economic Integration: Tech-Enabled Synthesis

The world is shrinking, and companies can no longer count on thriving, let alone surviving, by isolating themselves. Both countries and companies grow more rapidly through integration, so it behooves organizations to devise management strategies to track political developments and monitor the productivity of employees worldwide.
Conflict: It’s Changing Face Article Cover Conflict: It’s Changing Face

From domestic, religious, and ethnic disputes to worldwide terrorism, conflict is a shaping force in the global economy. As the global economy continues to strengthen through foreign direct investment and monetary integration, interdependence among nation-states makes violent conflicts arising from ethnicity, religion, and ideology are intense and often irreconcilable.
Governance: The Rise of NGOs Article Cover

Governance: The Rise of NGOs

Information technology and its results touch every aspect of our lives. Statistics reveal that IT will be an ever more vital and multidimensional part of our daily lives. While the opportunities are obvious, the challenges are often hidden.