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Evolution Of Technology
Evolution Of Technology
Primitive men cleaved their universe into
friends and enemies and responded with quick, deep emotion to even the
mildest threats emanating from outside the arbitrary boundary. With
the rise of chiefdoms and states, this tendency became institutionalized,
war was adopted as an instrument of policy of some of the new societies,
and those that employed it best became - tragically - the most successful.
The evolution of warfare was an autocatalytic reaction that could not be
halted by any people, because to attempt to reverse the process unilaterally
was to fall victim.
-E.O. Wilson, On Human Nature
As every day passes we are become more
and more a globalized society. With this ongoing cycle we come across
a vast multitude of impasses. One of the main ideas leading toward
this "global paradox" is the concept of global mindset. In this paper
we will discuss all of the aspects of the global mindset: what it is, how
it helps people live productively and successfully in the globalizing society,
and how to develop an effective global mindset.
Having a global mindset is a crucial competence
of most businesses futures. What crucial competence means is the
most sought after characteristic. Any level of manger that does not
act with a global strategy will be left in the dust in today\'s globalizing
markets. So what is a global mindset? Before we discuss what
a global mindset is we must look at the reasons why we need a global mindset,
so we can get a clearer picture of what we actually need.
The world is becoming more interconnected
and there have been recent changes in the world political systems.
Incidents such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet
Union; as well as revolutionary advances in communication technology.
The implications for higher education in this changing world scene are
significant as the new global workplace, driven by the up and coming information
technology (IT) area, has made communication in daily life increasingly
multinational and multicultural (Kim 617). Informal education is
also a way to start. By this we mean that you don\'t have to go to
formal classes to learn. Just by paying attention to people from
other cultures in every day life we can enlarge our global mindset.
In a class offered at the University of
Rhode Island, BUS/COM 354, International Business Communication Exchange,
students work in teams and individuals with students overseas.
In an article written by Professor Chai Kim, who teaches this class, it
is stated, "More than ever, students must be trained to work with partners
across cultural and natural borders. To adequately prepare each student
for the next century, educators must develop strategies to assure not only
the mastery of abilities in functional areas of business and technology
but also the command of intercultural communication skills. Accomplishment
of this goal is one of the biggest challenges facing institutions of higher
education today. (Kim 617). This quote exemplifies the need for the
global mindset and gives a concise outline of what it is.
This semester in Professor Kim\'s BUS/COM
354 class, students engaged in an e-mail debate with students from Braunschweig
University in Germany and also engaged in an e-mail discussion with students
from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
We found a lot of information on global
mindset, however, we did not find a concrete definition. But we did find
a definition of mindset. "Mindset is the perception filter through
which we see the world" (Chen and Starosta). So what
we did was pool all of our individual information and try to come up with
a definition in our own terms. What we came up with is, "global mindset
is the ideology that one must take with him/her into today\'s society.
Not necessarily business, but life in general. It incorporates intercultural
sensitivity, intercultural awareness, and cultural diversity knowledge.
It reduces ethnocentrism and eliminates parochialism, moreover, using a
broad range of vision so you can view yourself not as a part of a singular
nation among many nations, but a member of one global nation.
So now we have a definition we can go back
to the reasons that we need a global mindset. The global mindset
is possibly most widely seen in an institution like the World Trade Organization.
The WTO in short is responsible for reducing taxes and tariffs, which in
turn opens up global business markets. Here\'s a brief look
at some statistical information that shows how the world is financially
diverse and how money distribution is very unequal. The gap between
the rich and the poor is ever-widening. In 1960, 20 per cent of the
world\'s population living in the
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Economy, International trade, Mindset, World government, Academia, World, World Trade Organization, Carol Dweck, Globalization
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