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Big Business and the Wealth of Nations - Alfred D. Chandler

Big Business and the Wealth of Nations

By: Alfred D. Chandler (Editor), Franco Amatori (Editor), Takashi Hikino (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th March 2000
ISBN: 9780521663472
Number Of Pages: 612

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Written in non-technical terms, this book explains how the dynamics of big business have influenced national and international economies. A path-breaking study, it provides the first systematic treatment of big business in advanced, emerging, and centrally-planned economies from the late nineteenth century, when big businesses first appeared in American and West European manufacturing, to the present. Large industrial enterprises play a vital role in developing new technologies and commercializing new products in all of the major countries. How such firms emerged and evolved in different economic, political, and social settings constitutes a significant part of twentieth-century world history. This historical review of big business is particularly valuable today, when the viability of large enterprises is being challenged by small firms, networks, and alliances. These essays, written by internationally-known historians and economists, help one understand the essential role and functions of big business.

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'... offers and intriguing perspective on the development and impact of big business on the modern world'. Law Society Journal 'This is an extremely important book that ... can be highly recommended as an admirable text for students in courses on business history, and as a guide to the state of play in a number of important debates for the scholar.' Australian Economic History Review 'Big Business and the Wealth of Nations is an important book that should be prescribed reading in economic geography courses.' Progress in Human Geography

Historical and comparative contours of big business
The large industrial enterprise and the dynamics of modern economic growth
National Experiences of Big Business
Prime Drivers in North America and Western Europe
The United States: engines of economic growth in the capital-intensive and knowledge-intensive industries
Great Britain: big business, management, and competitiveness in the twentieth century
Germany: competition abroad, cooperation at home, 1870-1990 Ulrich Wegenroth
Small European nations: cooperative capitalism in the twentieth century Harm G. Schröter
Followers in Western Europe
France: the relatively slow development of big business in the twentieth century
Italy: the tormented rise of organizational capabilities between government and families
Spain: big manufacturing firms between state and market, 1917-1990 Xavier Tafunell
Late Industrializers in East Asia and South America
Japan: increasing organizational capabilities of large industrial enterprises, 1880s-1980s
South Korea: enterprising groups and entrepreneurial government
Argentina: industrial growth and enterprise organization, 1880s-1980s María Inés Barbero
Centrally-Planned Economies in Eastern Europe
USSR: large enterprises
Czechoslovakia: the halting pace to scope and scale
Economic and Institutional Environment of Big Business
Organizational competences, size, and the wealth of nations: some comments from a comparative perspective
Big business and skill formation in the wealthiest nations: the organizational revolution in the twentieth century
Government, big business, and the wealth of nations
Constructing big business: the cultural concept of the firm
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ISBN: 9780521663472
ISBN-10: 0521663474
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 612
Published: 27th March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.47  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.79