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The s began with the first Gulf War and were, later on, incisively marked by the two Clinton presidencies. In this decade, a number of significant events occurred, including the war in Yugoslavia and the NATO bombing of Serbia on the security front, the creation of the WTO with — Chinese membership in — on the economic front, and Russian membership of the Council of Europe on the political front. All in all, the world moved towards a clear path of global integration under uncontested American leadership. After the end of the Soviet era, Russia was weakened and unable to play an incisive role on the world stage; China was beginning to grow but it was unable to stand independently this was clearly illustrated by the famous episode of the US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in , which did not provoke any substantial reaction from the Chinese government.
From , however, the path of global integration began to be questioned. In a very different format, but equally critical, was the creation of the World Social Forum in Brazil as a place of radical contestation from below. Under George W. Bush, the US entered into two conflicts, in Afghanistan from and Iraq from , which still remain open and have generated many controversies.
From a more institutional perspective, the creation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in marked the first major institutional divergence from the universal multilateralism guided by the West which dominated the s. Reflecting this trend, in during the Munich Security Conference, Putin gave a speech demanding the end of unipolarism Putin, The year can arguably be considered a turning point for the international system.
A systematic change seems to have originated in which is slowly pushing the world order towards a more multipolar or multi-centric model. The American economic crisis, which began in but erupted in with the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, contributed to weakening US status at international level. The EU followed a similar pattern a few years later. Precisely when the West was experiencing these moments of weaknesses, a number of other major powers started to be more assertive and confrontational with the Western international system that had dominated the scene after As a consequence of the crisis, in , the first heads of state G20 gathering was organised in Washington with the intention of tackling the economic crisis by bringing in the emerging economies.
The G8 was no longer considered adequate for properly addressing this major instability. In the same year of this institutional revolution, the re-emerging powers asserted their role in world politics also in other ways. Russia intervened militarily in Georgia to reassert a sphere of influence on its doorstep. China organised the Olympic Games in Beijing to assert its return to the world stage.
The world after has looked like a world in which the project of global integration in political, economic, and security terms is increasingly distant, and instead a regional fragmentation and a West vs. BRICS tension is being accentuated. It is clear that a decisive actor for the concretisation of one of the aforementioned scenarios will be the US. The US has always interpreted its hegemonic position as a leverage of power for the creation of a relatively free and integrated market system.
It is in such a context that there has been the proliferation of non-governmental actors and also the diffusion of power among private environments. Overall, although not solely responsible, the US is certainly the source of the processes of globalisation which we have witnessed across the past thirty years. The US is the actor who has best interpreted the single most important rule of the global game: preserving and increasing power today entails going global in a multidimensional way.
In this context, however, the US has probably overstretched and its balance of payments has shifted towards profound structural instability. This has given rise to the so-called dilemma of the hegemon, formulated for the first time in the s by Triffin Triffin, , according to which a hegemon with a currency that serves as the world currency will be structurally prone to a balance of payments deficit, because of the large demand for its currency.
In order to cover its constant expenditures including military expenditure , the hegemon will have to increase its debts through the sale of treasury bonds, which will go on to constitute capital reserves in foreign countries. At the same time, however, the more the debtor country continues to indebt itself, the less credible it becomes. If this should not happen, if the US were to decide to renounce its leadership of the world economy, if it was to declare insolvency, what would happen?
Could the European Union have a role? Would China do its bit? Would global governance be able to manage the void left by the hegemon? Would the diffusion of power and the strengthening of the non-state actors be enough to stabilise the system without its hegemon? Would globalisation leave the field to waves of mercantilism? Would a new world conflict be more likely? To answer these crucial questions for the future of globalisation, and hence for the future of world order, it is increasingly necessary to study the role of the US, and to try to understand whether its centrality in the dynamics of economic, political, and security globalisation is destined to endure in the mid-term Kagan, ; Nye, , or whether, as some argue Ikenberry, ; Kennedy, , it really is in a phase of decline.
If the latter is true, then the crucial task is to understand how the US and the consolidating powers be they governmental and non-governmental are going to manage this new situation, and to understand whether there is going to be a win-win power-sharing compromise, a deepening divide, or indeed, a clash. Of course, other major powers will also play a role, but this will inevitably remain anchored in or dependent on American decisions. The EU will have to manage its deep economic and political crisis: the political cleavage between European enthusiasts and Euro-sceptics is deepening, the economy is struggling to relaunch itself, the social cement of the EU is being put under pressure by the migration issue, and finally the unity of the Union itself is being questioned by Brexit and other independence movements.
China will have to manage its economic performance in a sustainable way. Increasing pressure is being put on the Chinese government to open up strategic sectors such as public procurement, banks, and services. This will alter the ability of the government to control the economy and will provide an opening for foreign actors. Will the CCP will be able to resist such pressure? Is China really going to be globalised, or is globalisation going to be Sinocised?
Finally, Russia will have to negotiate a compromise with the EU in order to at least re-establish a modus vivendi that could allow for the continuation of the intense interdependence between the two actors. Maintaining economic growth and preserving political stability are two tightly linked goals here.
The scenarios presented above are linked to a number of models for the international system that suggest different distributions of power. This kind of interpretation represents a traditional and widely held view across the US government. We find this vision embedded in both the Republican Bush, and the Democrat Obama, readings of US world leadership, but also among many scholars Kagan, ; Krauthammer, and in many official documents Department of Defense, A second much-discussed model is the so-called G2, between the US and China, whereby the two superpowers of our age confront each other in an atmosphere of increasing rivalry, and the destiny of the international community depends on the resolution of this competition.
According to the most accredited data, in aggregate terms the Chinese economy is destined to become the largest in the world, having already surpassed the Japanese economy in According to American liberals, this change in economic leadership will not destabilise the international system because the existing international institutions are sufficiently robust enough to handle the change, while forcing the new leader to accept the current rules Ikenberry, According to American realists, however, the United States will continue to be the hegemon, but, if were it to decline, the international system as we know it would also change radically, insofar as it is the byproduct of power distribution Kagan, From the perspective of the G2, much will depend on the kind of relationship that will be established between the US and China, i.
The change would, however, provide a different political perspective that would animate the regions involved. A much-discussed model is that of a multipolar world in which, alongside the US and the EU, emerging countries consolidate their position, especially the BRICS countries, i. According to this outlook, the world is thus moving towards a roughly balanced, if unprecedented, model of power, because for the first time in many centuries Western countries will have to share power with other countries from the global South.
There is also a fifth model: the a-polar world Avant, Finnemore, and Sell, ; Haass, ; Hale and Held, ; Khanna, — a world in which power is spread across many actors, including non-state actors. This is a world strongly moulded by globalisation, a model that rejects realist state-centric exclusivity. It is a post-international model insofar as it goes beyond the Westphalia state-centrism to embrace a conceptualisation of global politics as fully pluralist, i.
From this viewpoint, the best conceptual map to guide our understanding and actions in the global age is much more complex than the previous four maps that we have examined. On the one hand, the state as a unitary actor is seeing its central role wane in favour of a disaggregation into sub-state authorities with increasing transnational agency Slaughter, , Transnational governance networks are acquiring ever more importance: courts, public authorities , inter-parliamentary assemblies, and central banks are all increasing their levels of cooperation with international counterparts.
On the other hand, there is an increasing number and range of non-governmental actors demanding inclusion in the international decision-making process, or directly acquiring authority, expertise, and power to influence international affairs in parallel to and regardless of state authority. Politics in the era of globalisation is much more complex than in previous eras. Phenomena in one location are often connected with phenomena in other locations. To have political control of a dynamic that develops in multiple dimensions, levels, and locations requires advanced skills in terms of understanding, judgment, and innovation.
A major focus of analysis needs to be global interaction and the institutional framework of so-called global governance. Global governance and the interaction between state institutions, markets, and civil society. The current institutional framework is comprised of different elements, including state entities, international and transnational organisations. The international correlate of domestic state institutions is conventionally known as the state system. Arising almost simultaneously with the state itself, the state system was grounded on the classic institutions of sovereignty and international law.
Rarely a stable system, a distinct break was marked in the middle of the twentieth century with the establishment of the United Nations. A constant growth of political norms and legal dispositions with a low level of democracy has become increasingly characteristic of the institutional side of present-day society , eroding the legitimacy of both the state and classic international law.
Global governance is distinguished from classic government because it does not require the same level of centralisation, formalisation, and integration. Global governance is based on norms, rules, and procedures designed to solve problems at a global level , but does not require a unique source of power. Among the characteristics of the current system of global governance, the following are the most important. Firstly, every form of governance covers an ample spectrum of actors , given that it directly relates to a system of multilateral rules at global, transnational, national, or regional level Held and McGrew, b, Rules of governance tend to be much more intrusive when compared with traditional intergovernmental rules , and generate demands for increased legitimacy Woods, a, Secondly, notwithstanding its wider spectrum, the system of governance is more limited in terms of inclusiveness and participation, since it concerns only specific issues and the agents involved therein stakeholders Krasner, , Thirdly, by being multilateral including three or more actors it induces generalised principles of behaviour and wide reciprocity Caporaso, ; Keohane, ; Ruggie, Moreover, governance is polyarchic, given that it includes different authorities, often on a formally unequal stage, such as states, sub-national groups, and special transnational interests Rosenau, , Global governance thus implies a change in the concept of international agency, insofar as states and the United Nations become increasingly more integrated with a number of other structures of multilateral governance.
Rosenau and Czmpiel perceive global governance as a totality of regulatory mechanisms not emanating from an official authority, but generated by the proliferation of networks in an increasingly interdependent world Czempiel and Rosenau, Regulation is not simply a body of established rules, but is the ongoing result of a permanent game of interactions, conflicts, compromises, negotiations, and reciprocal adjustments. Five tendencies characterise recent forms of global governance: 1 the fusion of the national and the international; 2 the increased role of non-state actors; 3 the emergence of private governance; 4 the move to a new method of compliance; 5 the growing complexity of the institutional horizon Avant et al.
It is necessary to analyse these tendencies one by one. Firstly , national politics are increasingly influenced by international politics, but these, too, remain strongly dependent on national political dynamics, in a reciprocal link that seems difficult to resolve. As far back as the s, Keohane and Nye had begun to study the phenomenon of interdependence Nye and Keohane, More recently, Slaughter has pointed to the importance of transnational networks Slaughter, Secondly, non-state actors have increasingly become protagonists at the international level.
Their relevance had already been a subject of study by the s Keohane and Nye, , In the s, it was relatively marginalised because of the revival of neoliberal institutionalism. In the s, non-state actors were again the subject of important studies Keck and Sikkink, ; Risse-Kappen, but remained subordinated to interaction with states. It is only in the last decade that it has become evident that non-state actors are able to influence global politics in an autonomous way.
Thirdly, global governance is increasingly more private Hall and Biersteker, While traditional authority at the international level relied on the principle of delegation and was embedded within an institutional format, today we increasingly witness the consolidation of new forms of authority that are far more private.
Authority is thus recognised in private subjects not on the basis of delegation through mostly electoral mechanisms, but on the basis of expertise for example, technocrats acquiring increasing power in decision-making processes F. Fisher, , or on the basis of moral credibility consider , for instance , the prestige enjoyed by NGOs or celebrities Busby, ; Kapoor, , or on the basis of the ability to accomplish a specific duty take , for example , the mercenaries contracted to wage armed conflicts , or the NGOs working on cooperation and development Hulme and Edwards, Fourthly , respect for rules is obtained through soft authority rather than coercive power.
Traditionally, respect for rules was obtained through formal sanctions. Today , however , rules are not necessarily formal and their enforcement does not necessarily occur through sanctions. What is used , rather , are voluntary regulations, recommendations, best practices, transparency, and accountability. This shift is in some way made necessary by the lack of a single central authority that is empowered to sanction , and also by the simultaneous functional need to respect shared standards.
These standards, 1 can thus be created by very different actors; 2 can apply as a whole to a group of highly diversified actors that require non-restrictive rules so as to obtain consensus more easily; 3 imply low costs for their formulation; and 4 involve the important role of persuasion in securing their compliance.
Fifthly, the institutional panorama is increasingly more complex. The proliferation of international institutions, whether intergovernmental, multi-stakeholder, or private, is transforming the way politics is conducted by transforming the strategies adopted by actors in global politics.
This can be seen, for instance, in the consolidation of even hybrid institutions composed only of like-minded actors. The phenomenon of so-called forum shopping, by which actors look around in search for the most favourable institutional and juridical framework, is increasingly frequent. Among these, four categories are particularly relevant: profit-oriented transnational enterprises; non-governmental civil society organisations that tend to have public goals; local authorities, representing both regions and cities; and private or multi-stakeholder organisations that regulate specific sectors through the formulation of standards the so-called standard-setting bodies.
While they are not exhaustive of the variety of actors of global governance, these types represent, however, an important and innovative component of the new world politics. Significantly, the sheer number of transnational enterprises, civil society non-governmental organisations, and standard-setting bodies has increased significantly in recent decades and follows a pattern which is very much in line with the spread of globalisation. A similar pattern can be identified in the development of the international projection of diplomacy by cities and regions. Non-state actors have acquired an increasingly large role in world politics by fulfilling an increasing number of functions.
They contribute to bringing new issues to public attention, and in doing so they participate in the formation of the political agenda just think of the recent civil society campaign for the abolition of the death penalty. They lobby policy-makers let us recall the decision to waive the debt of the most indebted countries at the end of the millennium. They offer technical assistance to governments and to intergovernmental organisations for example, the legal help provided by many NGOs during the conference that led to the Charter of the International Criminal Court of Non-state actors provide funds for both private and public actors as an example of the former, note the considerable resources allocated by the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation for sanitary projects worldwide; and of the latter, observe the income fundamental to the functioning of the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO , which originates for the most part from the taxation of enterprises on their patents and trademarks.
They formulate regulatory decisions think of various codes of conduct, and of the Kimberly Process guidelines for the trade of diamonds. They implement programmes and public policies consider the whole development aid sector, but also the role played by mercenary troops in conflicts. They provide services for example, the private centres for the release of visas, which in the past was a sovereign prerogative of embassies. Non-state actors monitor respect for international agreements note the files compiled by the most significant NGOs on human rights, which are then received by the most important intergovernmental organisations, such as the United Nations.
They resolve disputes numerous chambers for arbitration resolve international litigation in a totally private manner , and also apply decisions, acting as so-called enforcement for instance, the strategy of numerous NGOs to enhance respect for rules through campaigns to discredit governments and multinational corporations. A multinational corporation is an organisation that owns or controls the production of goods or services in one or more countries other than their home country, engages in business activity outside the country of origin that depends financially on operations in two or more countries, and takes its management decisions based on regional or global alternatives.
MNCs are among the biggest economic institutions in the world today. The largest five automakers in the world in had revenues equivalent to 1. The ancestors of the MNCs were first established in the sixteenth century with the development of the colonial era. A typical example from that time is the East India Company. The first corporations with the characteristics of the current generation, however, were only created in the nineteenth century with industrial capitalism.follow url
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The real boom occurred during the two decades after World War Two. From the s, a further push took place thanks to the increase in FDI in less industrialised countries with the correlated development of political risk analysis. They are political as well as economic actors. They lobby governments and international organisations intensely, especially in the so-called Washington and Brussels complexes Dam, ; they create transnational networks with political ambitions Detomasi, ; Reinicke, ; they enter into multi-stakeholder initiatives Austin, ; Heap, ; they develop independent political enterprises, producing means for public and self-regulation Braithwaite and Draho, ; Haufler, ; and they carry out specific policies such as development aid and disaster relief.
They also take part formally in the proceedings of many intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder organisations Nelson, National industrial associations regularly take part in the Business 20 B20 , the business correlate of the G20, as civil society organisations participate in the C20 and youth organisations in the Y The presence of MNCs in many decision-making processes at the international level is constant and incisive. Three main types of roles are played by MNCs in the processes of international affairs Nye, Firstly, MNCs conduct private foreign policy.
MNCs lobby foreign governments independently from their national government, though they also lobby their own government to increase pressure in their favour. They may work on political fractures within the government or may try to bring outside pressure to bear on the entire government. Secondly, MNCs can play an unintended direct role as instruments of influence. Powerful governments may use the presence of the legal entity of the MNC in their territory to put pressure on, constrain, if not altogether control the international operations of the MNC that are relevant for its foreign policy objectives.
Thirdly, MNCs may play an indirect role as an agenda setter among, and perhaps above, the positions of the different national governments. MNCs are among the most powerful actors on the international scene for a number of distinct reasons. Firstly, the common-sense shifts in threat perception and the subsequent reorientation of public policies towards economic and welfare issues have brought MNCs to political prominence. Secondly, their sheer economic power is so big that very few governments enter into competition with MNCs.
Thirdly, MNCs are particularly mobile, thus they can easily move from one country to another, or rather threaten to do so. This way, the bargaining power of MNCs in comparison with less mobile governments and trade unions is exponentially increased. Fourthly, MNCs can use their partners and their channels of entry in multiple countries to circumvent national regulations.
Thanks to this triangulation, MNCs are able to exert political pressure on national governments.
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Under these circumstances, the only institutional setting able to be effective in regulating MNCs is, in principle, provided by global institutions. The shift from national regulatory systems to transnational regulatory systems is evident. That is why MNCs are so keen on lobbying all international and global institutions that contribute to the formation of global regulatory regimes Braithwaite and Draho, The global economic transformations of the second half of the twentieth century created the conditions for the political empowerment of MNCs.
While during the Cold War, MNCs were primarily focused on influencing home and host governments, in the age of globalisation, MNCs have begun to attempt to influence public policies and regulations within and across multiple jurisdictions, including at the transnational and global level, as a competitive business skill.
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In a liberalised world in which states compete to attract FDI, MNCs have found themselves in a particularly powerful position to bargain over and influence public regulation. All in all, three broad hypotheses have been formulated on the mechanisms that account for the unprecedented power of MNCs. According to the hypothesis of the decline of the Westphalian state, the power of MNCs has increased in relation to other actors such as governments and other societal actors.
Finally, according to the hypothesis of the race to the bottom, supranational regimes facilitate the lowering of regulatory standards across jurisdictions, especially in labour, environmental matters, and health and safety, and this generates advantages for MNCs. Here too, however, these supranational regimes might actually increase standards Levy and Prakash, Throughout recent decades, and particularly after the end of the Cold War, the presence of CSOs in international affairs has become increasingly evident. They have assumed importance in the definition of the agenda and in the legislative functions of global governance, in transnational diplomacy Track II and III diplomacy, respectively: diplomacy between governments and foreign populations, and diplomacy between CSOs of different countries, like transnational networks , and in the implementation and monitoring of a number of global issues ranging from trade to development and the reduction of poverty, from democracy to human rights, from peace to the environment, from security to information.
In these sectors, CSOs have fulfilled the function of promoters of political solutions, providers of services, brokers of knowledge, or simply controllers of state and intergovernmental actions Risse, The transnational mobilisations of the last thirty years have taken place within particular political circumstances. The conditions that constituted a favourable environment for the strengthening of transnational activism, and its progressive inclusion in international decision-making , can be divided into two main types: socio-economic and institutional-normative.
Among the institutional-normative conditions, there are three main elements — firstly, new rules for participation; secondly, the transformation of authority and modes of compliance; and finally, the specific set of liberal principles embedded in the system of global governance. Within the four socio-economic conditions, the privatisation of functions previously performed by the state has undoubtedly cleared new political space for CSOs.
At the same time, the increasingly discredited ability of the overloaded and over-bureaucratised state to deliver fundamental services mounted up, as did a number of differing ideological perspectives including not only neoliberalism and the Third Way, but also the principle of subsidiarity — all of which suggested that the value of non-state actors, at times, constituting a better functional substitute, was being recognised.
Public welfare spending was considered detrimental, a sort of rival to personal responsibility, entrepreneurship , and private investment essential in times of economic slowdown. The collapse of socialism yielded even more support for the rise of the third sector. As a consequence of this new context, CSOs were able to mobilise resources from both the state itself which opted for the cheapest and most effective way of subcontracting its tasks, mainly to NGOs and from other private and public sources , in order to perform collective functions previously in the hands of public institutions Hulme and Edwards, The globalisation process generated a sense of common purpose among civil society actors, and led to both internal unification, by increasing the sense of solidarity among civil society organisations, and to protest against the socio-economic consequences of globalisation Van Rooy, For the first time, a number of ad hoc coalitions and campaigns were organised on a trans-ideological basis, surmounting the traditional political barriers of previous forms of national mobilisation, and targeting a number of controversial aspects of globalisation.
The technological innovations in the IT field, too, revolutionised the organisational patterns within civil society Hill and Hughes, Through the internet, groups from different parts of the world have been able to increase their political know-how, as well as their ability to join forces transnationally, so as to address common targets. Moreover, changes in social behaviour, such as the proliferation of higher education and the expansion of international travel, have enabled CSOs to help larger groups of activists to contact one another.
The economic growth of the s and early s generated a new bourgeoisie in many countries, particularly an urban middle class, which in subsequent years became the main provider of transnational activists. The spread of knowledge and the building of new, reliable transnational relations increased the awareness of social inequality and the political mechanisms underpinning it, thereby providing the basis for mobilisation Smith and Wiest, , Citizens felt empowered and confident enough to mobilise even at the international level.
Subsequent successes simply reinforced such self-confidence by sharing best practices and reciprocal support. Three further institutional-normative conditions related to the system of global governance are relevant. The current global governance arrangement allows for the participation of a number of different political actors considered to be relevant stakeholders.
Similarly, other international institutions have also opened channels of communication and interaction with CSOs. Official bilateral aid agencies have been especially conducive to transnational mobilisation by supporting the flourishing of different kinds of CSO under the aegis of assisted self-reliance and participatory development.
This has created a significant opportunity for the inclusion of civil society organisations in what was previously done behind closed government doors. Hale and Held, ; Higgott et al. The transformation of authority , from its traditional form of institutional delegation to one granted on the basis of expertise, principles, or simply the capacity to deliver , has given more scope to claims from CSOs Avant et al.
In the same vein, compliance today is increasingly a matter of improving the ability and willingness of actors to comply with international standards rather than coercing them into obedience. This context, centred on soft modes such as capacity-building, dissemination of best practices, and normative persuasion, is very favourable to CSOs as norm-creators and agent-persuaders. In addition, the broader international system, based as it is primarily on liberal Western principles, has created an environment conducive to the development of these kinds of activities Boli and Thomas, ; Smith and Wiest, , The widespread recognition of the transnational value of human rights, civic participation, accountability, good governance and democracy, social empowerment, and gender equality, has made it more possible for CSOs to gain space and legitimacy in the international system outside the traditional framework of state-based representation.
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Overall, the recent increase of the presence of civil society in international affairs is characterised by two principal elements. Firstly, CSOs have had a role in the provision of services. Secondly, CSOs have had a more political function, in terms of the diffusion of norms. Particularly significant, but at the same time controversial, has been their role in the promotion of democracy through the affirmation of human rights, which they have undertaken both in an independent manner and in cooperation with the US and the EU.
A third significant actor in global politics is local authorities Marchetti b. Increasingly, what used to be a monolithic agency of the state is being disaggregated into sub-units, be they national authorities, ministries, courts, or indeed local authorities Slaughter, By local authorities here I refer to cities, provinces, regions, or states within federal systems: all those sub-units through which public administration is exercised locally. It is on cities that this section concentrates, though much of what is said is also applicable to the other types of local authorities.
In classical IR terms, international affairs began properly with the Peace of Westphalia in It was in that year that the new institutional form of the sovereign state was first created. From this event the traditional mode of inter-state diplomacy was also derived. Too often, IR students only concentrate their perspective on the last few centuries. A conventional market attracts buyers by providing a venue that supports the presence of sellers, and attracts sellers by the promise of the presence of buyers, all for a specific domain of goods or services.
Modern technology, however, removes barriers of time accessible 24 hours a day and place accessible from almost anywhere. Platforms spring up in increasing numbers and compete with one another. Another feature is that competitors put a lot of effort into raising the costs for the weaker party to switch platforms in a bid to keep members captive.
A well-known example is eBay. This platform started out auctioning second-hand goods, then grew into a third-party market where businesses of all kinds sold all sorts of products, creating a huge online bazaar. Other examples of platforms include game consoles, operating systems, and smartphones. This makes it attractive to game developers, seeking to reach a wide range of potential buyers.
A continued influx of more and one hopes better games in turn enhances the attractiveness of the platform, further aiding the growth of the installed base. This entrenches the virtuous circle of this network externality. Take Mango. Unlike Zara, Mango creates its own fashions. The firm designs collections and places them on the market at affordable prices, driven by manufacturing in low-cost countries and the flexibility to produce goods that get sold rather than selling goods that get produced.
From the outset, Mango focused on urban, modern, professional, relatively young women. International growth was crucial to achieving economies of scale and attaining the mass that would enable the firm to develop and manage its production and logistics efficiently.
Swift globalization was key. Swift globalization is key. Elsewhere, we can look at Metalquimia, a small company in Girona, Spain, which makes machinery for the meat processing industry in a highly specialized niche. This enables Metalquimia to learn from its most demanding customers, wherever they may be based, and apply this learning to create an effective innovation process that makes the firm the spearhead of its niche, while lending it the scale for its innovation costs to pay for themselves.
The paradigm is Apple. After inventing the personal computer and almost the battle against the Wintel alliance, Apple revolutionized the world of media players with the iPod and the world of telephony with the iPhone—then it created the entirely new world of the tablet, with the iPad. In its own niche, Metalquimia has made analogous breakthroughs.
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It makes vehicle bodywork for upmarket buses for a worldwide client base. Its highly distinctive management model is based on independently led teams and on giving everyone who works for the company an ownership stake. This approach enables Irizar to achieve an unsurpassed standard of innovative excellence in the niche market of bodywork for high-end buses.
Each of the businesses mentioned so far operates a distinct business model that supports the specific way in which it seeks to develop its capabilities. However, they all share a continuing pursuit of excellence, distinctiveness of goods and services, and an ongoing bid to innovate.
Distinctiveness of goods and services is achievable through innovation, but can also be the outcome of other factors. Still other firms adapt to local tastes or cater to relatively uninformed customers.
The crux is that drastically lowered transaction costs enable sellers to approach tiny market segments—sometimes comprising a single buyer—almost as efficiently as wide swathes of the market. These five categories of business models are not exhaustive. There must be others that are unclassifiable now, and still less so in the future—innovation being unpredictable by definition. A case study illustrating one category could just as easily illustrate another.
These business model features set in motion virtuous circles7 and bring about a positive dynamic. The robustness of a given business model is determined by the number of positive dynamics it is capable of enlisting, so lending it the ability to survive competition with other models, both present and potential. For further insight into these categories of business model, we can look at the virtuous circles that each of them entails.
The model might be driven by economies of scale costs decrease as manufacturing volume increases , economies of learning costs decrease as production accumulates , economies of capacity use costs decrease as utilized capacity increases , or any combination of these elements and factors relating to scarce resources, such as location, techno-logy or knowledge. To generalize, all these virtuous circles lie on the supply side. We should be aware that the behavior of these costs in the tangible world, which is subject to physical limits, is not the same as in the online world, where scalability may be unlimited.
Swift internationalization captures the volume to achieve economies of scale, cover overheads, and reach innovation and brand-value milestones that would be otherwise unthinkable. Triggering a cycle of innovation is tough, because it requires you to outdo your competitors in several different ways at once to keep ahead. You need to implement best practices, secure employee commitment and attract the best talent—this is hard to keep up sustainably over time.
Speed of adaptation is the key to winning the ongoing race to be first with what the consumer wants at the given time—the best she can get at that moment, because there is no other comparable choice. A good business model is one capable of keeping alive a virtuous circle, or a combination of them. And in the competitive setting of the twenty-first century, strength lies in developing better and more innovative business models.
Information and communication technologies let us address all these five dimensions at once. But whether our intended market is new or already out there, we need to give careful thought to designing a business model capable of triggering virtuous circles. The design-based approach that this requires is something of a newcomer to the field of strategy studies. These are the skills that the executives of the company of the future are called upon to develop. First, they must understand the nature of technological change and its implications. Secondly, they must go a step further, and apply their insights to designing a self-consistent entrepreneurial logic that reinforces and protects the targeted virtuous circles more effectively than the alternative approaches to the given market.
Because these business models are both complex and holistic, the process of design entails experiment, trial and error, ongoing revision, and learning on the fly. We finally put together a model, but must immediately start to think about how it can be improved and upgraded—because any competitive edge is increasingly transitory and unsustainable.
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And, while design is a tough challenge in itself, when we look at the demands of a model equipped with the internal dynamics capable of supporting the logic of the business, we face the further difficulty of remaining strong against the competition. The installed base of an entrenched platform may prove too powerful an obstacle for an objectively more effective business model starting out with an installed base of zero. So business model design does not take place in a vacuum but in a setting where our competitors are also making decisions and creating their own business models.
This interaction is a key element we need to incorporate to the design process. We must look to both existing and potential alternatives. We must bear in mind the significance of timing. If we move too slowly, we may find our intended space is already taken, and we now need to do something different. Or we might run ahead of ourselves without developing the capabilities needed for the next step.
Managing the design process against a background of dynamic interactions is a tough and complex challenge: all the same, it is of the essence of the company of the future. Developing a novel, innovative business model that is capable of rising to future challenges in an uncertain and connected high digital density environment requires the talent of an entrepreneur.
This means the executive of the future must be good at design and strategically shrewd, and also a talented venturer. She must see where opportunity lies, how to ride the wave of change, how to reinvent oneself. We all too often think of a CEO as the steward of an existing state of affairs rather than as the shaper of a new reality. But the lever of change cannot be left in the hands of startups alone—we also need entrepreneurial executives in large, established companies.
The skills of design, strategy, and enterprise will lead to new business models which will change and already are changing both companies and whole industries, bringing about new ground rules and new ways of sharing out created value. We need the vision and leadership to transform entire industries from end to end, but we must see that this is done in a way that brings us a meaningful portion of the value thus created. In this chapter, we referred early on to technological change and the disruptive influence of emerging information and communication technologies.
Significant though they are, however, these technologies are merely a medium of support. We must focus on the overarching business model: throughout the business transformation leading to the company of the future, the business model is the driving force.
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