The company : a short history of a revolutionary idea / John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
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- Micklethwait, John
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- New York : Modern Library, 2003
- xiii, 227 p. ; 20 cm.
- Modern library chronicles.
"Economist editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge reveal the company to be one of history's great catalysts, for good and for ill, a mighty engine for sucking in, recombining, and pumping out money, goods, people, and culture to every corner of the globe. What other earthly invention has the power to grow to any size, and to live to any age? What else could have given us both the stock market and the British Empire? The company man, the company town, and company time? Disneyfication and McDonald'sization, to say nothing of Coca-colonialism? Through its many mutations, the company has always incited controversy, and governments have always fought to rein it in. Today though Marx may spin in his grave and anarchists riot in the streets, the company exercises an unparalleled influence on the globe, and understanding what this creature is and where it comes from has never been a more pressing matter."--BOOK JACKET.
- Full contents:
- Introduction: Utopia Limited
- 1. Merchants and Monopolists, 3000 B.C.-A.D. 1500
- 2. Imperialists and Speculators, 1500-1750
- 3. A Prolonged and Painful Birth, 1750-1862
- 4. The Rise of Big Business in America, 1862-1913
- 5. The Rise of Big Business in Britain, Germany, and Japan, 1850-1950
- 6. The Triumph of Managerial Capitalism, 1913-1975
- 7. The Corporate Paradox, 1975-2002
- 8. Agents of Influence: Multinationals, 1850-2002
- Conclusion: The Future of the Company.
- Includes index.
- Bibliography, p. -197.
- Other authors/contributors:
- Wooldridge, Adrian
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