GIE - Globally Integrated Enterprise

The Globally Integrated Enterprise (GIE) is a concept proposed by Sam Palmisano, CEO of IBM.  This is the idea of global from the start, or global to the bone.  Instead of a corporate presence that appears in multiple countries, the GIE approach is to recognize capabilities wherever they are strong, and integrate them into the overall corporate strategy and operations.

The basic idea is covered by this Wikipedia article.  Note the reference to the Foreign Affairs article, where Palmisano makes his case.  Note also that this is only free to subscribers.  As I recall this was pretty freely available within IBM.