In September 1999, an earthquake devastated much of Taiwan, toppling buildings, knocking out electricity, and killing 2,500 people. Within days, the repercussions were felt in places as far away as Texas and California. Cut off from their supplies of semiconductors, companies like Dell and Hewlett-Packard closed down their assembly lines, sent workers home, and shut their factory doors. In an instant, it became clear just how closely connected the world has become. In 'End of the line', Barry Lynn illuminates the full sweep and scope of the 'butterfly effect' set in motion by the radical reorganization of industry and the system of trade it brought in its wake. Focusing on the tensions between corporate needs and the interests of society both here and abroad, and offering vivid examples of the impact of decisions made at such companies as General Electric, Dell, and Microsoft, he argues that the global system as it stands today is inherently fragile, upsets social balances, undermines healthy competition, and profoundly and dangerously changes the relationships among nations.
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Subtítulo: THE RISE AND COMING FALL OF THE GLOBAL CORPORATION