How Many Technological Devices Do You Use Daily?

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How many technological devices do you use daily? In this day and age, the list would probably include smart phones, laptop computers, tablets, or more, but do you know where these devices were made? Even if your device was assembled locally, there is a good chance that the parts inside come from a collaboration of companies working together from all over the globe that are part of the global supply chain. For the last few decades, more and more companies rely on outsourcing, to produce their products and to provide services. Which in effect has globalized our world, and depends on countries being able to collaborate and work together to provide the products and services demanded by the customers at the end of the supply chain. As an…show more content…
Although this global supply chain and the flattening of the world is raising the standards of living of the people in developing nations, one must contemplate what is also being stripped away from these people in return for the increase in wealth. While assimilating to the customs and values of the western world might seem necessary for these countries to be able to work together and communicate, this assimilation affects individual identity as well as national identity. The assimilation required by global supply chains strips countries, such as India, of their cultural heritage and requires workers to Westernize and cover their true identities in order to work in the jobs that will raise their standard of living. Therefore, despite the positive economic effects that assimilation has on developing countries, the negative effects on culture and individuals - the stripping away of identity and self - are points often overlooked and are damaging to the countries and individuals that are stuck in limbo in between identities. When assimilation plays in conjunction with The Dell Theory, it becomes a positive arrangement because countries involved with the global supply chain are more hesitant to go to war with each other. The countries in the supply chain are obligated to come to mutual understandings, in which they cooperate with each other, regardless of their differences; otherwise, they risk losing their position in the supply chain. This confirms what Yoshino says

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