Globalization And Its Impact On The World

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The Past
Globalization, it could be argued, began when tribes first realized there were other tribes in the surrounding areas. With different specialties and skills, these groups began to trade. While these groups may not have been very geographically separated, the available world was expanding as more and more people groups began to connect and interact. Landmarks in the development of globalization can be traced through history: from the exchange of both goods and knowledge on the silk roads and the discovery of the Americas to the inventions of the steam engine and the telegraph (Free Exchange, 2013). Through these milestones, the world was growing in terms of awareness, but shrinking in terms of ability to travel, trade, and share ideas.
In a form that is more recognizable today, globalization began as the world began to open in waves, or rather a tsunami, as Harold Sirkin and his colleagues theorize in Globality. Globality is the next step after globalization; it is the new reality in which companies will “be competing with everyone, from everywhere, for everything” (Sirkin, Hemerling, & Bhattacharya, 2008, p. 1). There are a multitude of factors that have created the conditions for globality to occur. There have been many waves of globalization, like those that brought Japan, Mexico, Korea, and many other nations into the world arena.
Unlike these waves of varying size, the tsunami is “a series of low, powerful waves caused by an undersea disruption that crash
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