Maverick* Research: Walmart Will Reign When Corporations Become Nations



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This research examines why and how Walmart might declare itself a nation and what it could mean for citizens, governments, other businesses and Walmart itself. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • *Maverick Research
    • Summary of the Key Points of This Research (to Date)
    • Introduction
    • Setting the Scene — Part 1 — The Political Revolution
    • Setting the Scene — Part 2 — The Personal Identity Revolution
    • Setting the Scene — Part 3 — A New Consumer Revolution
    • The Emergence of a New Type of Provider
    • Why Walmart?
    • How Has Walmart Gotten to Where It Is Today?
      • 1. Sheer physical presence — Walmart has an everyday direct connection and relationship with ordinary people.
      • 2. Management of and collaboration with suppliers.
      • 3. Exploitation of IT to gain competitive advantage.
    • Are Some People Already Members of the "Walmart Nation"?
    • What Are Some Possible Scenarios for Citizenship of Walmart?
    • If Walmart Becomes a Nation, What Is the Most Likely Model of Citizenship?
    • If Walmart Nation Were to Become a Reality, What Would It Get?
    • If Walmart Became a Nation, Could It Meet the Basic Expectations of Its Citizens?
      • Food
      • Healthcare Services
      • Financial Services
      • Legal Services
      • Walmart Can Also Deliver Maslow's Higher Layers
      • Community Support Initiatives — A Government "Of the People, By the People, For the People"
      • Education
      • Homeland and Internal Security
    • Would Walmart Need to Raise Taxes to Provide for Its Citizens?
    • Potential Showstoppers
    • If Walmart Nation Became a Reality, What Would the Effect Be on Governments and Other Businesses?
    • A Word of Caution
    • Recommendations
  • Recommended Reading
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