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CONCLUSIONS

Each generation-and indeed each person-can bring new ideals into professional practice. The most visible signs of transformation in recent decades, at least for the veterans of professional practice, are the dramatic changes in technology. These are the phenomenon of the “flat world” described so eloquently by Thomas Friedman (2005). People can go nearly anywhere in the world and see similar eating establishments and businesses. Dig a little deeper (for example, walking into the door of a corporate office), and one can find the same technology, software, and information systems. Internet cafes put new communications capabilities, along with readily accessible information on any topic, within reach of almost everyone. Globalization has stimulated massive, rapid, and extensive structural and technological changes. These changes simultaneously put more resources in the hands of people and accelerate inequalities of access to basic goods and services with rapidly modernizing societies, but also hasten environmental decline.