Yale School of Management

Talk by Thomas Friedman Marks Two-Year Anniversary of Global Network

Speaking on the two-year anniversary of the founding of the Global Network for Advanced Management, New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman told students at the Yale School of Management that the challenges facing today’s business leaders will grow more complex as globalization and new technology reshape markets and affect consumers in unprecedented ways.

Friedman spoke on April 1 as part of the R. Peter Straus ’44 Distinguished Lecture Series. Yale SOM streamed the talk live to schools in the network, which connects 25 top business schools around the world; students from Chile’s Pontificia Universidad Católica posed questions through a videoconference.

Friedman, whose 2005 book The World is Flat brought issues of globalization and the rise of emerging nations into the public discussion, predicted that the workforce will become even more competitive and highly skilled, as technology replaces human functions. “You will need more skills and the ability to learn and relearn new skills,” Friedman said. Meanwhile, the universal connectivity provided by social media and the internet pose new challenges for business and political leaders: “Being able to think and keep your wits about you and lead any kind of organization in this environment is going to be a huge challenge.”

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