The Visible Hand

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Harvard University Press, 1977 - Business & Economics - 608 pages
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The role of large-scale business enterprise—big business and its managers—during the formative years of modern capitalism (from the 1850s until the 1920s) is delineated in this pathmarking book. Alfred Chandler, Jr., the distinguished business historian, sets forth the reasons for the dominance of big business in American transportation, communications, and the central sectors of production and distribution.
  

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Review: The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business

User Review  - Mark Bowles - Goodreads

A. Synopsis: The purpose of this book is to “examine the changing processes of production and distribution in the United States and the ways in which they have been managed. (1)” The “visible hand of ... Read full review

Review: The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business

User Review  - Gabriel - Goodreads

This was a dry and difficult read that was still rewarding. Big business is an import and and omnipresent institution in American life and this is clear and objective study of its roots. This sort of ... Read full review

Contents

The Visible Hand i
1
The Traditional Processes
13
The Traditional Enterprise in Production
50
The Revolution in Transportation
79
Railroad Cooperation and Competition 1870s1880s
122
SystemBuilding 1880s1900s
145
Completing the Infrastructure
188
and Production
207
Integration Completed
345
The Management and Growth
377
Function and Structure
415
The Maturing of Modern Business Enterprise
455
The Managerial Revolution
484
The Ascendancy of the Manager
490
SeedBed of Managerial Capitalism
498
Notes
515

Mass Production
240
The Integration of Mass Production
285
Integration by the Way of Merger
315

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About the author (1977)

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

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