The paper "Overall Reflection of Globalization " is an outstanding example of business coursework. I cannot quite recollect the very first time I encountered or even heard of ‘ globalization. ’ Maybe it was when I was almost completing my high school or maybe I just read it online a couple of months ago. To me, if this aspect of globalization were not reintroduced to me in my class and through further reading, then I would forever have had a very shallow understanding of this important concept. If someone just bumped to me and asked me what globalization was, I would just answer them that it is the way the world has become interconnected.
In what aspects is what I do not know as well as how the future looks like regarding globalization. Thanks to this year of schooling, and more so, Friedman’ s book, ‘ The World is Flat, ’ I have a reshaped my understanding of globalization and how my surrounding world functions. This reflective piece of work will evaluate the overall reflection of globalization and how it relates to my life and my career. I now appreciate the fact that we are currently living in a rather exciting time where our world has been interestingly interconnected globally.
In its broad sense of understanding, globalization refers to the processes or mechanisms which enhance the movement of information, people, ideologies, technology, and culture across the globe. This is evident in the technology that we use, the songs that can be heard from the radios, and the movies we watch from across the world, the fashion that we witness, and even the way people can easily migrate from one country to the other and obtain citizenship in their new country.
All of this stuff has been connected to globalization in one way or the other which continues spreading its impact all across the entire world. Friedman, in his book ‘ The World is Flat’ , has openly discussed the constant changes which have been witnessed for the last decade or so; changes which have more or less levelled the playing field of every person and country in the world (Friedman, 2012). These changes or events are what he refers to as the ‘ world’ s flatteners’ which have enabled different people in the world to connect on a global scale in a very comfortable and convenient manner.
Examples of these events that Friedman documents include the Netscape, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, outsourcing, uploading, and offshoring among others (Friedman, 2012). I think what is interesting about this globalization is that in the same rate at which the world is undergoing an enhanced rate of change so does it get battered by the same enhanced turbulence of the same change that globalization brings.
For example, I did some research on how globalization impacts businesses and one thing that stood out was the amount of pressure which it has bestowed on the businesses and necessitating them to change as the world changes for them to thrive in their respective sectors. It is everyone’ s dream, including mine, to be associated with countries that perform well. I always aspired to be posted or transferred to countries that did well, and like most of my colleagues, everyone dreaded to be posted in countries or regions that were not performing quite well and had fewer resources.
This is regarding infrastructure, technology, living and working conditions among other factors. However, my perception of all this is gradually changing. I feel almost comfortable working anywhere in this world; in whichever country. As Friedman explains, in about thirty-five years back, one would prefer being born as a bright student in Brooklyn as compared to being born as a genius student in Bangalore simply because of the variations of opportunities in these two places (Friedman, 2012). Currently, thanks to globalization, things have changed.
Since the ‘ world is flat, ’ then one would prefer being born as a genius in Bangalore because they could easily connect and collaborate just as if they were born in Brooklyn (Friedman, 2012).
ReferenceFriedman, T. (2012). The world is flat. 1st ed. Retrieved 20th March 2017 from http://www.labeee.ufsc.br/~luis/egcec/livros/globaliz/TheWorldIsFlat.pdf