Fast forward to 2005 and Seely Brown's new book, The Only Sustainable Edge, co-written with management consultant John Hagel III. That edge is "accelerated capability building" -- the ability to advance one's core business through strategic offshore partnering and collaboration. You've already heard about this -- offshore outsourcers are moving the needle from cheap labor to value-added services. So if you follow the business press, this book doesn't offer anything new. But it does nicely summarize the current path of globalization. (Harvard Business School Press, $25, 218 pages)
Anne McCrory is editorial director of CIO Decisions and the CIO Decisions conference. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was first published in June 2005