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Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy [Paperback]

By Stanley M. Davis (Author), Stan Davis (Author) & Christopher Meyer (Joint Author)
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Get ready for a whole new world--a world of blur in which traditional boundaries between product and service, capital and people, buyer and seller, and real and virtual no longer apply. Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer have a front row seat to these tectonic changes and, in this groundbreaking book, they not only define the phenomenon but show businesses large and small how to thrive.

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In the new connected global economy, where the rate of change is so fast it's a blur, where advantage is temporary and nothing is fixed in time or space, two experts offer a dynamic and insightful blueprint for conducting business. The authors reveal who today's hottest innovators are, what tomorrow's winners will need, and offer 50 ways to blur business and truly become part of the revolution.

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Studio: Grand Central Publishing
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1998
Publisher   Grand Central Publishing
Edition  Warner Books  
ISBN  0446675334  
ISBN13  9780446675338  

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A Vision and Guide to the New Economy  Mar 9, 2006
This is a vision and possible reality of where our economy is headed. New factors are being driven by speed, connectivity, and intangibles. In other words, customers want it now, are looking to companies that fulfill broad desires, and demand an uplifting experience out of it. I appreciate their definition of an economy. "An economy is the way people use resources to fulfill their desires." One day we may see reference to the Value 500 instead of the Fortune 500 as the customers become more unified and knowledgeable. They offer 50 ways to adapt to this new paradigm. "Seek novelty forever."

Five Stars
Not to the point  Oct 8, 2003
The authors did start with some new interesting ideas but as I kept reading, I somehow could not relate those ideas to the instances provided in the book. The examples provided are not particular to BLUR scenario but are general in nature and applicable to existing models too.

If you read the 60 points of BLUR summarized in the last section, you can skip reading the entire book.
Overall OK but lacks strong correlation to subject idea.

Traditional Ideas spun for the out-dated dot com generation.  Jun 16, 2003
I have found that this book was a weak and uncreative attempt to brand "BLUR" as a modern innovation of conducting business when it has simply re-spun and devalued traditional business practices into a dot com unsustainable ideal. This book preaches that there is little need for the tangible bottom line for the intangibles of business out weigh the value of the actual assets. That may be partially true; however, what actually happens when that model is embraced is uncontrollable corruption in the market. If you are a beginner in the business world and have trouble reading, you will find a few good business ideas and examples within the double spaced, trivially written text. However, as it was published in 1999 most of the ideas are now a BLUR of the past. There are better books out there. Don't waste your time.
Personal Review  Mar 14, 2002
Authors Davis and Meyer bring forth their definition of BLUR. They give their perspective on the three ideas of Blur; speed, intangibles and connectivity. Very interesting view about their view regarding people and "BLUR". Actually, could have gone directly to the end of the book where they listed their top 60 ways to blur business and self.

Would recommend this book to anyone in business. Good information about how we should stay connected.

Great read of the future  May 5, 2001
The authors of Blur adeptly share their view of the quickly approaching future of business. Their speculations are built on three forces, speed, intangibles and connectivity, which they revisit throughout the book from many perspectives. One of the breakthroughs of this book is the idea of "offers," inextricably linked products and services. I found it interesting to try to come up with my own examples of offers, though the authors provided ample explanation and illustrations of their points.

In this new marketplace, the authors suggest organizations should take the "bacterial approach" - breed quickly, mutate often and let the environment decide your fate. In other words, create offers through combinations and mutations, put them in the marketplace and see whether they are accepted or rejected by the market. This is fascinating advice, and it seems sound.

This book not only addresses organizations of the future, but also individuals. The authors suggest that individuals market and invest in themselves as "free agents," putting their loyalty and effort toward their professions, rather than toward their employers. Connected individuals and their knowledge are becoming key organizing units - not the organization. Organizations must prepare for this.

Blur suggests a strategy for succeeding in this new marketplace by using "economic webs." The convergence of speed, intangibles and connectivity are allowing real goods and services markets to behave like financial markets. The authors suggest they should be handled similarly, with real time pricing, deregulation, symmetric product knowledge and future-focused valuation.

This book is an enjoyable and informative look at the present and future of business. Unlike some futures texts, which only take the present and exhibit it, this book has real, new ideas and strategies for taking our organizations and ourselves into the future successfully.


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