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Big Business and the Wealth of Nations Hardcover – July 13, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1ST edition (July 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521481236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521481236
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,648,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"While it is often tricky business to try to combine a variety of perspectives on any one subject, this ambitious, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the multinational corporation is vastly informative as well as path-breaking. Alfred Chandler and Bruce Mazlish have written fine bracketing essays that pull it all together. No one will come away from these well-chosen and erudite studies spanning history, economics, and sociology without a richer perspective on the multinational corporation and its evolving impacts." George Smith, NYU Stern School of Business

"In this important book leading scholars present new facts and brilliant insights concerning the legitimacy of the corporate giants that drive the irreversible processes of globalization. Wise managers will read it carefully." George C. Lodge, Harvard Business School

"While it is often tricky business to try to combine a variety of perspectives on any one subject, this ambitious, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the multinational corporation is vastly informative as well as path-breaking. Alfred Chandler and Bruce Mazlish have written fine bracketing essays that pull it all together. No one will come away from these well-chosen and erudite studies spanning history, economics, and sociology without a richer perspective on the multinational corporation and its evolving impacts." George Smith, NYU Stern School of Business

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Written in non-technical terms, Global Enterprise explains how the dynamics of big business have influenced national and international economies. The first systematic treatment of big business in advanced, emerging, and centrally-planned economies from the late nineteenth century, when big businesses first appeared, to the present. How such firms emerged and evolved in different economic, political, and social settings constitutes a significant part of twentieth century world history. This book is particularly valuable now that large enterprises are being challenged by small firms, networks, and alliances.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
...I can't argue with thee diligence of the scholars who contributed to this volume.
Readers should be warned. If this is your first attempt at studying industrial history, it is difficult going. It is not really "economics" in the usual way. Nor is it history as you have usually read it.
It is a series of case studies about the industrial development of nations all over the world, aimed at supporting some very controversial theses about what does and what does not work toward that end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andres Calderon Fernandez on April 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a book that every person interested in entrepreneurial history should read. Directed, among others, by Alfred Chandler, the father of the discipline as it is now, it provides an overview of the different cultural and institutional backgrounds that make possible -or don't- entrepreneurship in many countries.
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