McKinsey Global Institute

Five hidden ways that globalization is changing

Infographic: An analysis of industry value chains finds fundamental shifts in the nature of world trade.

Regardless of how trade policies might change, globalization has entered a new phase shaped by new demand patterns and next-generation technologies.

An in-depth analysis of 23 different industry value chains spanning 43 countries reveals how globalization is evolving and where it may be headed in the future. The five structural shifts illustrated here hold significant implications for where and how companies compete—and which sets of countries and workers stand to gain.

Five major shifts show how globalization is changing

Five hidden ways that globalization is changing
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Globalization reached a turning point in the mid-2000s. Learn what that means for companies and countries in Globalization in transition: The future of trade and value chains .

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