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3.0 out of 5 stars slick but superficial
This book was on offer and I bought it on impluse. It has the air of a slick McKinsey consultant presentation. You can easily imagine the jaw dropping powerpoints and authoritative mastery of intriguing statistics.

There is a lot of good analysis in here, supporting the central argument that the successful business of tomorrow does need to approach things...
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3.0 out of 5 stars slick but superficial, 18 April 2015
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This book was on offer and I bought it on impluse. It has the air of a slick McKinsey consultant presentation. You can easily imagine the jaw dropping powerpoints and authoritative mastery of intriguing statistics.

There is a lot of good analysis in here, supporting the central argument that the successful business of tomorrow does need to approach things differently. There are also some short case studies.

Having said all that, the central thesis really does not sound all that novel, nor does it seem hugely capable of being actioned. Although there is fascinating stuff in here, often it is in graphics that cannot easily be read on Kindle, or is actually quite superficial. For me, the book lost a lot of credibility by focussing so much on shale gas and the Tesla cars as the poster children of the new economy. I would not invest in either, at any price. The material on the electricity market was interesting, but there seem to be a lot of internal inconsistencies, they talk up the ease of storing electricity when it suits them, and then talk up the difficulty elsewhere. Similarly the notional efficiency of various fuels is used in a self serving and inconsistent manner.

At the right price, this is worth a read, but for those with an interest in the topic there is not much new here. Although it is presented in a slick fashion it is at heart fairly superficial stuff, with an air of intellectual dishonesty, or more charitably a failure to think things through properly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It should be titled, "How to Profit from Destroying Our World", 4 Oct. 2014
This is quite a grotesque concept for a book, detailing how people can get rich quick by exploiting the world's resources and all the while disparaging anyone who disagrees with them as 'Luddites'. You get the feeling that these people would quite happily turn the planet into a wasteland in a 100 years time as long as they made some money right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to take full advantage of the abundance of unprecedented business opportunities during the new industrial revolution, 14 April 2014
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Robert Morris (Dallas, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century (Paperback)
As Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers observe in the Introduction to this book, written with Paul Carroll, "Many people, companies, and even nations will try to resist the new industrial revolution. People always resist revolutions. The Luddites tried to kill the first industrial revolution by destroying the steam engines, even though the new machines took Europe out of grinding poverty by delivering productivity that drove unprecedented economic growth. Political gridlock and two world wars tried to kill the second industrial revolution, which eventually defined the dramatic improvements in economic outcomes in the twentieth century."

After years of rigorous and extensive research, Heck and Rogers concluded that the third industrial revolution, now underway, "will dwarf the previous industrial revolutions in terms of both size and speed." They characterize it as a "resource revolution" and wrote this book so they could (a) suggest the nature and extent of unprecedented opportunities this third generation is generating, and (b) explain how and why capturing these opportunities requires a new management style." That, in essence, is what this book is about.

They examine a multi-decade economic transition from one set of primary resources to another as the new revolution unleashes substantial economic growth and productivity improvements, "enabling millions to enter the middle class, and giving birth to new industries and business models." I agree with them that no one can predict how business will look in twenty or thirty years, "any more than Watt could have foreseen how his steam engine would transform the world." However, as countless global corporations have already demonstrated (e.g. Dow, DuPont, GS Caltex, SK Refining, and Walmart), "resources are the right area of focus and that the opportunities are extraordinary."

These are among the dozens of business subjects and issues of special interest and value to me, also listed to indicate the scope of Heck and Rogers' coverage.

o Accelerated expansion of the middle class (Pages 12-14)
o Wealth creation in industrial revolutions (20-38)
o Elon Musk: The Real Iron Man (69-76)
o Increase Circularity (86-90)
o Increase Virtualization (93-98)
o DIRTT: "seeds of revolution in construction" (101-109)
o System Integration for All, and, Business Models for the Future (137-142)
o Finding the Breakthrough, and, Choosing the Threshold (146-151)
o It Only matters at Massive Scale (165-167)
o Making It Easier for the Customer (172-176)
o The Committed Champion (180-188)
o Becoming a Network Organization (193-195)
o Looking for Talent Far Afield (199-201)
o Developing Talent, and, Freelance Innovation (204-210)
o Revolutionary Possibilities: 12 Candidates (216-222)
o Broader Implications of "the biggest opportunity in a century" (223-228)

I agree with Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers: "Producing a third industrial revolution that focuses on how we use resources will require a rethinking of the way that companies operate, and managers will have to adapt quickly to profit from once-in-a- century opportunities that are in front of us." It is worth noting that zero-waste manufacturing is becoming the norm among major U.S. automakers. "I also agree: "`The challenges we face may be unprecedented, but simply put, any bet that we will succumb to a global economic crisis is a bet against human ingenuity. No such bet has ever paid off."

This is an especially important book because it can be of incalculable value to almost any executive in almost any organization (what its size or nature may be) that will be directly or even indirectly affected by the tumultuous changes that are certain to occur within the global marketplace in months and years to come. Many of these changes will occur faster, in greater number, and with greater impact (for better or worse) than any of us have ever encountered before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 28 Oct. 2014
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Very interesting reading.
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