Setting the Stage

  • Frannie Léautier


This chapter introduces the main spheres, observed patterns, drivers, and locus of change taking place. Detailed illustration is given of the four main spheres of change—people, resources, economy, and technology. Key patterns covered in the people sphere relate to demographic changes (youth, aging, population growth, urbanization, and migration). In the resources sphere patterns of change in water, food, energy, and environmental systems are given special attention. In economics, the focus is on change at the country and global levels such as in finance, trade, and integration of economies and societies, but also at the individual and firm levels as in patterns of production, sourcing, sales, and branding. The patterns of change in the technology sphere appearing in this chapter relate to knowledge, science, experience, and innovation.

The main skills introduced are reacting to tectonic change, using the first stage of Theory U of downloading and observing patterns and trends. A case study of the Monsanto Company highlights the decision-making and choices of a multinational company facing tectonic changes in all four spheres. Lessons from the case are used to draw issues of importance. The reader is guided through practice questions that aid using the material for similar situations.


Civil Society Knowledge Economy Experience Economy Globalized World Wool Fabric 
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    There are a number of authors who have covered the subject of international migration. To learn more about the historical reasons for migration see Hatton, Timothy J. and Jeffrey G. Williamson (1998): The Age of Mass Migration: Causes and Economic Impact. Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  2. For good coverage of international migration in the age of globalization see Solimano, Andrés (2010): International Migration in the Age of Globalization: Historical and Recent Experiences. New York: Cambridge University Press. We would also recommend the book review of the Solimano (2010) by Raymond Cohen at (posted Mon, 2010–12-06 17:13 by whaples) who gives a good critique of the public policy implications of international migration from a lay perspective.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    For a good discussion of emotional intelligence I have found a very useful book by Goleman, Daniel (1997): Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ, Bantam Books.Google Scholar

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© Frannie Léautier 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frannie Léautier
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  1. 1.Mkoba Private Equity FundTanzania

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