Whether it addresses a reaction to an unexpected disruptive event or an analysis of ongoing competitive threats to its economic survival, the business continuity planning process for an organization should include an evaluation of and potentially implement the message(s) revealed in a new book titled, “ Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next” and written by John D. Kasarda / Greg Lindsay.

From the very beginning (2006) when the observation was made that the world was building giant airport-cities ( read Greg Lindsay’s 2006 article “Rise of the Aerotropolis”) as a reaction to:

(1)  the realization that aside from education, entertainment, and healthcare, we consume very little in the way of pure services, and

(2) the fact that a large and growing proportion of the real goods received more and more are being moved internationally, as a consequence of trade and modern supply chains,

…a new metric for the world is being born —it is no longer space; it is time and cost.

This aerotropolis approach —i.e. a combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility and business hub – to urban living, is now reshaping life in Seoul and Amsterdam, in China and India, in Dallas, Memphis, and Washington, D.C.

As stated by Kasarda and Lindsay, “…the aerotropolis is the frontier of the next phase of globalization, whether we like it or not — and — …this book explores how air travel and transportation are largely responsible for the shape and scope – and winners and losers – of globalization.”

This book is a great read for those supply chain management, business continuity strategy planning, and risk management team members in your organization.

Learn more about Greg Lindsay and his feelings about this book.

Read a recent review of this book by Michael Powell and posted on the New York Times website.

View a short video summary presentation about the aerotropolis in a posting on the Korela Urban website.

What do you think your future supply chain will look like in the future?  How will impact your ability to “keep the doors” of your business open?  If applicable to your business, is it a part of your business continuity plan?

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