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Just 19 of the world’s 100 largest firms will make the same list in 2042

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The book’s bold claim might be an understatement of how things will pan out. 

Written by John Straw and Michael Baxter, iDisrupted explains how, throughout history, new technologies have had a disruptive effect on businesses and the economy, proving fatal to some well-known companies. The authors claim that the rate of fatality is now set to increase, though.

Of the top 100 global companies identified in 1912, 29 companies had experienced bankruptcy or similar; and 48 had disappeared by 1995. 

Eastman Kodak was one of just 19 companies that stayed in the list during these years, yet at the start of the 21st century, with the onset of digital cameras, home printing and photo sharing websites, it too fell victim to the rise of new technologies.

John Straw and Michael Baxter claim that many of the industries we currently see as strong, such as oil, car manufacturers, banks and energy companies, could also be heading for the corporate graveyard within the next few decades. 

They say that only 19 of the world’s 100 largest companies in 2012 will be in that list in 2042.

“The big corporate success story of the 20th Century related to oil companies, but just because they flourished in the 20th Century, this does not necessarily mean they will flourish in the 21st Century,” says Straw.

“The rise in electric cars, self-driving cars and advances in solar power and energy storage, will all play a part in the energy industry as we currently understand it.

Baxter adds: “This is exciting, but it is also scary. There will be winners and losers, and some of the world’s largest companies will be amongst the losers.”

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