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Scale and Scope: The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0674789951 ISBN-10: 0674789954 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 780 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press; Reprint edition (April 14, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674789954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674789951
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Serious students of the worldwide industrialization that occurred in the century between the 1870s and the 1970s are indebted to Mr. Chandler...for a lifetime of determined effort to find order and predictable processes in industrial history...Chandler started out years ago to make sense out of the transformation of capitalist enterprise caused by the growth of giant industrial companies...He has succeeded with a power and authority that will not soon be matched. (Jonathan Hughes New York Times Book Review)

The book is important. It traces the evolution of the economic environment in which we breathe, and which we need to interpret without the blinders of doctrine or dogma... It is an exhaustive, nation-by-nation, industry-by-industry, company-by-company survey Chandler is what social science is all about. (Bernard A. Weisberger Washington Post Book World)

A major monument to our increasingly successful quest to understand and interpret the modern industrial world. (Sidney Pollard Times Higher Education Supplement)

In the history of business, B.C. stands for Before Chandler. Over the past several decades, Alfred D. Chandler Jr. of Harvard Business School has brought unprecedented rigor and sophistication to the study of the corporation. In so doing, he has profoundly shaped our understanding of that institution's role in modern capitalism...[Chandler's] latest work, Scale and Scope...is his most ambitious yet. Chandler compares and contrasts the growth of the 200 largest companies in each of three industrial powerhouses—the U.S., Britain, and Germany—from the 1880s through the 1940s, searching for the common characteristics of successful corporations...The book speaks to all the major debates swirling around Corporate America—including those over shareholder value, mergers and acquisitions, and global competitiveness. (Christopher Farrell Business Week)

Chandler has written an admirable book, analytically tight, and full of fascinating detail. The more he explains, the more, perhaps, there is left to explain. But all future work on the process of successful industrial development must necessarily have reference to his outstanding research and writing. (Aubrey Silberston Times Literary Supplement)

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Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By -_Tim_- on July 25, 2007
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Based on an examination of 600 companies in Britain, Germany, and the United States, this economic history explains the emergence and development of large industrial enterprises from the late 19th century until World War II. The book also shows how differences in geography, demographics, and institutions influenced the development of industrial enterprises in these three countries.

Author Alfred Chandler, who won a Pulitzer prize for a previous book in this field, argues that large-scale industrial enterprises were an organizational response to newly integrated national markets and new technologies for production and distribution. Railroads and national telegraph networks brought nations together and created large-scale markets, the first prerequisite for these large companies. Railroads also made important organizational innovations, as the first companies to employ upper, middle, and lower management, and the first to separate headquarters offices from specialized departments. In the United States, the railroads' immense capital requirements also led to the rise of New York as the second finance center after London. The second prerequisite for development of large industrial enterprises was new technology. In contrast to older, more labor-intensive industries, where growth occurred by scaling up existing processes, giant industrial companies arose by radically increasing the capital employed, improving production processes, integrating production processes within a single plant, or making better use of energy. Giant companies developed in new industries like petroleum, chemicals, sugar, vegetable and animal oils, metals, food and tobacco, and machinery.
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