Reading now 2: The Only Sustainable Edge

Also reading John Hagel III and John Seely Brown‘s The Only Sustainable Edge, Why Business Strategy Depends on Productive Friction and Dynamic Specialization. This Harvard Business School book focuses on the need for companies to develop outsourcing capabilities–not just to save money–but as a means of focusing their organizations and working with other groups as equally focused.
The implications for American workers trouble me, but the authors’ read on economic theory and marketplace dynamics seems impeccable. And there are some rockin’ biz-speak type quotes, such as this one:
“…We propose that accelerated capability building is the most powerful source of strategic advantage in a global economy characterized by intensifying competition. In fact, accelerated capability building across boundaries is now the only sustainable edge.”
(Thanks to Ross Mayfield for sending this book)