Sometimes, it is really interesting to read (or re-read) trend analysis books that are not quite new. You can easily check the validity of some forecast statements from the authors. If they are not so accurate to the current condition, maybe it would be a hint for a skip or even total omission. Similarly, if there're some points (more, better) pretty suitable for the status now, then you'd better pay more attention to them and ponder deeply over the matters.
Definitely, Trust of Fukuyama belongs to the latter in my opinion. It's full of remarks that are still quite to the points of the situation we are facing now. Social Capital is one important factor for shaping different industrial structures, company organizations among different countries. We can leverage such concept to interpret many related issues. Besides, it's also better to keep in mind such factor when thinking about company strategies or industrial policies.
However, is high trust a kind of social capital for us to persuade? (Or can we achieve them by some "investment" action, anyway?) Or we just take it as a given factor and make the decision better suitable for such "endowments"? (Just like competitive advantage theory suggests) Maybe it's a good topic to be dug out more....Continua