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What do Google, Snapchat, Tinder, Amazon, and Uber have in common, besides soaring market share? They're platforms - a new business model that has quietly become the only game in town, creating vast fortunes for its founders while dominating everyone's daily life. A platform, by definition, creates value by facilitating an exchange between two or more interdependent groups. So, rather that making things, they simply connect people. The Internet today is awash in platforms - Facebook is responsible for nearly 25 percent of total Web visits, and the Google platform crash in 2013 took about 40 percent of Internet traffic with it. Representing the ten most trafficked sites in the U.S., platforms are also prominent over the globe; in China, they hold the top eight spots in web traffic rankings. The advent of mobile computing and its ubiquitous connectivity have forever altered how we interact with each other, melding the digital and physical worlds and blurring distinctions between "offline" and "online." These platform giants are expanding their influence from the digital world to the whole economy. Yet, few people truly grasp the radical structural shifts of the last ten years. In Modern Monopolies, Alex Moazed and Nicholas L. Johnson tell the definitive story of what has changed, what it means for businesses today, and how managers, entrepreneurs, and business owners can adapt and thrive in this new era.
In 21st Century Airlines: Connecting the Dots, Nawal Taneja addresses the challenges and opportunities facing the airline industry as it tries to innovate and create products and services that are radically different by ‘connecting the dots’ at four key levels: recognizing the implications of global events, improving cross-functional collaboration within the organization, working more closely with the travel chain, and providing much higher engagements with connectors within the social networks. The book synthesizes insights gained from the experience of non-traditional businesses, such as Uber, that have no physical assets and that focus on scalability through platforms, as well as traditional businesses, such as Mercedes-Benz, that are transitioning from operators of physical assets to adapt to the on-demand and sharing economies. These insights show pragmatically that digitizing airline businesses would require digital mind-sets, digital technologies, digital strategies, and digital workplaces to explore new frontiers in value for both customers and airlines. Moreover, forward-thinking airlines need to consider working with bimodal organizational structures, in which one group optimizes current business models (network, fleet, and schedule planning, as well as revenue management) while a second group explores innovative ways to add digital features to physical products to provide a consistent experience throughout the journey. The book is written for all senior-level practitioners of airlines and related businesses worldwide, as well as senior-level government policymakers.
This book offers a critical reflection on the meaning and expected impact of the fourth industrial revolution, and its implications for industrial policy. Industrial revolutions are considered not only in terms of technological progress, but also in the context of the changing relationship between market and production dynamics, and the social and political conditions enabling the development of new technologies. Industrial Policy for the Manufacturing Revolution aims to increase our capacity to anticipate and adapt to the forthcoming structural changes. A concrete illustration of this industrial policy is provided through an experience of its implementation at regional level.
In our digital age, online companies such as Google and Amazon are experiencing tremendous growth. The power and influence of these digital companies was demonstrated in September 2017 when Amazon bought the popular organic grocery Whole Foods for a record 13 million dollars. Do companies such as Amazon have too much influence in the digital space? Should they be broken up to allow more competition? In this book, these questions and more are considered by a range of experts in the subject, from legal experts, to CEOs, to corporate players, and journalists.
يضع بول كروغمان خريطة للطريق المؤدية إلى الإصلاح، وكروغمان هو الاقتصادي الأكثر قراءة لما يكتب على نطاق واسع في العالم، وهو واحد من أكثر المعلقين السياسيين تأثيراً. ويطوف كروغمان في كل اتجاه على قرن من التاريخ، من الاقتصاد السياسي للعصر المموّه، وهو الذي يبدو مألوفاً جداً في هذه الأيام، إلى كوارث سنوات بوش، التي يجادل المؤلف في أنها كانت محتومة بعد أن فازت حركة المحافظين بالسيطرة الكاملة على حكومة الولايات المتحدة. ويبين المؤلف أنه لا (الطبقة الوسطى) التي ترعرع فيها جيل ازدهار المواليد في أمريكا، ولا (أمة حكومة القلة) التي صرنا إليها على نحو متزايد طوال الجيل الماضي تطورا تطوراً طبيعياً، وكلاهما أنشئ ـ إلى حد كبير ـ بفعل خطط سياسية حكومية مستهدية بحركات سياسية منظمة. ويشرح كيف أن المدافعين عن اللامساواة استغلوا الانقسامات الثقافية والعرقية لمصلحتهم، في حين وجد المصلحون طرقاً لتجسير تلك الانقسامات، ويجادل في أن الوقت قد حان من أجل عصر عظيم للإصلاح. وأخيراً وليس آخراً، فإن الكتاب يلخص برنامجاً للتغيير، ويبين البرنامج كيف أن الرعاية الصحية الشاملة تستطيع أن تكون الملمح الرئيس لبرنامج إصلاح جديد، تماماً مثلما كان الضمان الاجتماعي هو لباب برنامج الإصلاح الجديد (نيوديل). ويشرح البرنامج ما الذي يمكن عمله لتضييق فجوة الثروة والدخل، ويبين كيف أن تحالفاً سياسياً جديداً يستطيع في آن معاً أن يدعم الإصلاح، وأن يكون مدعوماً بالإصلاح، وهو ما يجعل مجتمعنا لا مجرد مجتمع أكثر تساوياً بل أكثر ديمقراطية أيضاً. ويعد كتاب (ضمير ليبرالي) بأن يعيد تشكيل الحوار العام حول خطط السياسة الأمريكية الاجتماعية، وأن يصير عملاً معيارياً ومحكاً مرجعياً لجيل كامل.

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