From Bogota to Beijing: Development and Reconnecting with Humanity After Globalization

From Bogota to Beijing: Development and Life After Globalization

A book by David Jacoby

President of Boston Strategies International

Published in 2018 by Lexington Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield

In two interwoven trips around the globe – one in 2010 and another in 2030 – the book discovers Bogota, Cartagena, Detroit, New York, Abuja, Cairo, Dammam, Abu Dhabi, Marseille, Hanover, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Shenzhen and Beijing. The people and experiences along the way tell a fascinating, unique, and insightful story about reckless development and reconnecting with humanity after globalization.

The 2010 trip at the height of globalization takes place against a backdrop of frenzied global development. As he travels, the author traces how the coffee and bottled water that he drinks, the flights that he takes, and the gasoline he puts in his car are made and distributed, and actively observes their social and environmental footprint. The 2030 trip, which follows a similar flight path and retraces the same supply chains, discovers a different world where government policies, business norms and social values renewed a sense of respect for self, others, and the environment.

A retrospective explains how a different way of thinking about growth and measuring progress enabled the shift to occur. It details how governance systems, corporate disclosures, and leadership by dominant companies in pivotal industries like oil & gas, transportation, and automotive helped the world pass a “tipping point,” and it shows how these companies adapted in order to operate profitably and sustainably at the same time.

The book is a heartfelt, multicultural eye-opener that is replenishing, restoring, and rich. It is charming and fun, while laying out a vision for a new era beyond globalization as we know it. Its inspirational message about developing sustainably while fulfilling our desire for growth and wealth, will endure.


“David Jacoby invites us on two fascinating and worldwide journeys full of crazy but loveable characters, and surreptitiously paints a hopeful and optimistic vision for life in a world that values energy efficiency and sustainable growth. The book is entertaining, meaningful, and unforgettable.”

Fritz Troller

Executive Vice President of Groom Energy, an EDF company


“David Jacoby has painted a picture of supply chains of the future that combines sound supply chain practices with innovation, incentives, and effective leadership providing a vision that is sustainable, practical, and profitable.” 

Gary A. Smith

APICS New York City – Long Island


“The travel narrative is captivating and also leads the reader to important insights about growth, development, and globalization. An important book, at just the right time. I highly recommend it!”

Christoph Bach
COO, ICARE Procurement


  • Get lost in amazing, fun, and sometimes shocking multicultural stories.
  • Cherish stories about unlikely personal relationships that cut across cultural, religious and social barriers
  • See far-away cities, countries, and global business through a new lens
  • Learn how international business deals impact what we know, what we buy, and how we live


Live or work in developing countries

Are involved in industrial projects and companies, or global business

Influence policies regarding industrialization, growth, and the environment


David Jacoby has been consulting for 30 years in operations strategy and performance improvement. He is the President of Boston Strategies International, which consults to the largest industrial manufacturing, energy, and logistics companies worldwide, as well as lenders, law firms, and government and international nongovernmental organizations. He is the author of Guide to Supply Chain Management (The Economist 2009)Optimal Supply Chain Management in Oil, Gas, and Power Generation (PennWell 2012); The High Cost of Low Prices (Business Expert Press, 2018);  Trump, Trade and The End of Globalization (Praeger, 2018); and From Bogota to Beijing: Development and Life After Globalization (Lexington Press, 2018). Formerly, he taught Operations Management at Boston University’s graduate school of business. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master’s in International Business from the Lauder Institute, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.