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Inside the Business Enterprise : Historical Perspectives on the Use of Information - Peter Temin

Inside the Business Enterprise

Historical Perspectives on the Use of Information

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How do business enterprises control their subunits? In what ways do existing paths of communication within a firm affect its ability to absorb new technology and techniques? How do American banks affect how companies operate? Do theoretical constructs correspond to actual behavior?
Because business enterprises are complex institutions, these questions can prove difficult to address. All too often, firms are treated as the atoms of economics, the irreducible unit of analysis. This accessible volume, suitable for course use, looks more closely at the American firm--into its "internal" workings and its genesis in the Gilded Age. Focusing on the crucial role of imperfect and asymmetric information in the operation of enterprises, "Inside the Business Enterprise" forges an innovative link between modern economic theory and recent business history.

Introduction
Business History and Recent Economic Theory: Imperfect Information, Incentives, and the Internal Organization of Firms
Comment
Managing by Remote Control: Recent Management Accounting Practice in Historical Perspective
Comment
The Use of Cost Measures: The Dow Chemical Company, 1890-1914
Comment
Investing the Information: Supply and Demand Forces in the Use of Information in American Firms, 1850-1920
Comment
Information Problems and Banks' Specialization in Short-Term Commercial Lending: New England in the Nineteenth Century
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Did J. P. Morgan's Men Add Value? An Economist's Perspective on Financial Capitalism
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Contributors
Name Index
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780226792040
ISBN-10: 0226792048
Series: National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st February 1992
Dimensions (cm): 27.8 x 15.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.42