Globalization has transformed the way countries manage their infrastructure, politics, education, health and communication (Ritzer, 2011). The paper describes what globalization refers to and goes on to discuss the impact that globalization has had upon communication systems as well as health systems.
Definition of Globalization
Globalization is defined as an integrated system that combines economies of different countries to form a global economy. There are various advantages that the countries have acquired from the move towards globalization (Ritzer, 2011). These are in the form of transformations, advancements and improvements in the technological, communication, health and educational systems (Lechner, 2010).
Global communication refers to interaction between members of different countries. Global business expansion has led businesses to communicate with people belonging to different cultures. Globalization has increased migration of people between countries in the search for better life that has led to a creation of a new form of diverse workforce comprising of people belonging to different cultures (Kamalipour, 2010).
Advantages of Global Communication
There are several advantages of the worldwide move towards global communication.
- To facilitate global communication, companies have invested in improvement in technology. Efforts have been made to introduce new forms of technology that aids in effective communication (Lechner, 2010).
- Owing to the technological advancements in communication a network, devices and tools, communication has become faster and more accurate (Kamalipour, 2010).
- Global communication systems allow people to communicate across geographic boundaries and not remain limited to communicate with people residing within limited geographic distances. This has increased their understanding of different cultures and societies (Kamalipour, 2010).
- The world has become an inter-connected network that is free from limitations of communication (Ritzer, 2011).
- Global communication aids people in cross-cultural understanding (Kamalipour, 2010).
- Global communication has developed a new form of society that has been influenced with cultural fusion. Developing countries with cultural aspirations have adopted several of development countries’ cultural traits. This has weakened the cultural foundations of developing countries resulting in their youth adopting more Western influenced cultural values (Ritzer, 2011).
- With radical technological transformation that improves communication across countries, people have become increasingly reliant and dependent upon technology. They search for more effortless means of communication that has made them lazy. People prefer to call or send messages via cell phones or internet, rather than pay personal visits. The importance of having personal conversations via direct face to face interactions has become limited as technological devices facilitate communicating with people while executing several other multiple tasks (Lechner, 2010).
Disadvantages of Global Communication
Global health systems refer to organisations that extend beyond geographic boundaries to provide people with health services. Global health systems are integrated and coordinated worldwide (Jacobsen, 2010).
Advantages of Global Health Systems
- Global health systems are focused on providing improved health services across the world. This has benefited several countries where health standards were previously very low (Jacobsen, 2010).
- Because of global expansion of health organisations, improve health services have become much more accessible (Jacobsen, 2010).
- Global health organizations have introduced new forms of technologies that allow them to save more lives and cure more diseases (Lechner, 2010).
- Global health systems require a heavy amount of financing and investment that present governments a challenge owing to the global financial turmoil (Jacobsen, 2010).
- Because of the limited financing available at present, organisations are faced with the dilemma of compromising public health over sustainability of their organisations (Jacobsen, 2010).
Disadvantages of Global Health Systems
Globalization has transformed the economic, technological, social, political and cultural make up of countries. It has resulted in transforming people’s lives in such a way that life has become fast and technology dependent.