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A better world through a systems approach

Enchantment Meeting Speaker: Marc Levinson, Global Logistics from a System Perspective

  • Date:
    Apr 13, 2022 - 04:45 PM - 06:00 PM
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  • Contact: Ann Hodges
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  • Phone: 505-951-7067
Abstract: Marc Levinson, author of The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger will discuss global logistics from a systems-level perspective. Two of Mr. Levinson’s books explain how dramatic changes in the way freight is transported have reshaped the world economy. This presentation will discuss how the global logistics system works—and how the failure to incorporate a systems perspective has contributed to the highly publicized supply-chain problems of recent months. In his latest blog entry (January 25, 2022), Mr. Levinson forecasts: “If you believe what you read, 2022 will be a banner year for the freight industry...I don’t understand, though, how anyone could have a view about the prospects for trade and supply chains without having a view about the world economy. There’s a disconnect between the optimism about trade and shipping and the current economic reality…”. With an economic viewpoint that sees the world economy as a system, Mr. Levinson sees events and trends unfolding that, instead, “will retard spending on the sorts of products that fill container ships and freight trains and over-the-road trucks. All along the supply chain, the return to normalcy may come as an unpleasant surprise.”

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: Historian, economist and author – Marc Levinson enjoys making complex economic issues understandable to the general public. Specializing in an international focus, dealing with trade, globalization, finance, and business, Marc has researched and presented extensively on regulatory and macroeconomic issues.  He has written several books that merge his interests in economics and business strategy with historical research, as well as articles featured in leading publications, such as Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, and Foreign Affairs.  He reviews books for The Wall Street Journal, and has contributed to a number of websites and academic journals.