We are currently writing a book about the largest economic ecosystems in the world, and how they are changing in the face of global climate change, rampant social change, and profound advances in science and technology, and especially information and communications technology. The book blends business, technology and anthropology.
Jim Moore is the author of a book on the network of business ecosystems that is creating the Internet-of-Things, smartphone, and global communications revolution, called Shared Purpose: A Thousand Business Ecosystems, a Connected Community, and the Future. This book discusses the open, cooperative, global and explosively-transformational ecosystem of ecosystems with a technical architecture created by ARM Holdings, extensive use of shared standards and open source software, and including Apple, Samsung, TSMC, Global Foundries and–as of April 16, 2016–Intel.
It is the world’s largest and most society-changing technological ecosystem. It is also in some important ways a cooperative society, and demonstrates how open ecosystems can out-innovate closed. This case shows why an alternative, disruptive future could also face other world-spanning technological ecosystems, from finance and politics, to transportation, smart cities, agriculture, biopharma and health services. Building this future is already far along in retail and wholesale trade, telecom and manufacturing.
I also wrote a best-selling book The Death of Competition: Leadership and Strategy in the Age of Business Ecosystems as well as a McKinsey Award-winning Harvard Business Review article “Predators and Prey: A New Ecology of Competition.”
The article and book were part of a campaign to change how people in business think about competition, moving the conversation from head-to-head, company-to-company competition to ecosystem-to-ecosystem in a competition to, paradoxically but powefully, establish cooperative networks across the landscape.