Global Corporate Intelligence: Opportunities, Technologies, and Threats in the 1990s

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The Corporate Intelligence Process: Global Perspectives and Approaches

George S. Roukis

Intelligence from a practical perspective has to take into consideration the changing contours of the international environment. For American firms, traditionally used to market dominance in the 1950s and 1960s, the dialectical reconfiguration of the world economy in the 1990s and early twenty-first century poses problems and challenges of an unprecedented nature. If both the Soviet Union and the United States are devoting a proportionally larger share of their economic resources to military preparedness, their investment base for economic development is thus marginally reduced. In the long run both are palpably handicapped, though not in the superpower (military) sphere. 1 Further, as this diminution in economic capability occurs, the economic strength of Western Europe, particularly after the integration of the European Economic Community (EEC) countries in 1992, and the continued exemplary economic performance of Japan will intensify the present disquieting competition. Armament investments might enhance shortterm national security, but over time they may diminish the commercial effectiveness of the American economy. 2 This will be further compounded by the sustained industrialization of such Third World countries as South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, and Brazil. Economic domination is perceptibly shifting to Western Europe and the Pacific Basic countries. In essence, as the rest of the world develops, the economic pie for American firms shrinks. Other problems that overhang these profound macro changes are the relative undevelopment of American human resources, the widespread illegal drug trade, terrorism, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and the unresolved

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