August 6, 2005

News & Opinion: What's the right word?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 12:06 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In yesterday's Wall Street Journal, Jagdish Bhagwati (In Defense of Globalization) wrote an op-ed entitled A New Vocabulary for Trade [sub. needed]. In the piece, he questions Thomas Friedman's use of the word "flat" to describe to disappearance of competitive advantage among countries. Bhagwati doesn't really agree with Friedman's assessment, and prefers to use the word "kaleidoscopic. Here is a description of what he means:

Today, you have it; but in our state of knife equilibirum, you may lose it tomorrow and regain it the day after. Boeing might win today, Airbus tomorrow, and then Boeing may win it back again. It is as if the design of trade patterns that you see now gives way to another, as if a kaleidoscope has turned.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.