A Managerial Philosophy of Technology: Technology and Humanity in Symbiosis

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 4, 2012 - Business & Economics - 217 pages
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The history of military mobilization does not fit neatly into national boxes, not even in the modern era. There are three quite different issues involved in the analysis of transnational participation in warfare. The first is the shift from state armies partially composed of mercenaries, or soldiers from countries other than the one in whose service they were currently enlisted, to armies consisting of citizens who have a duty or responsibility to fight for the state in which they live. One explanation for this shift, which began at a time when armies grew in size in the late eighteenth century, is that conscripts were cheaper and more militarily reliable and effective than mercenaries. Moreover, the intensification of nationalism in the nineteenth century weakened the attractiveness of mercenary service and reduced the motivational level of mercenaries.

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GEOFF CROCKER is Practitioner and Theorist in the Philosophy and Management of Technology. He holds a first class degree in Economics from Durham University, UK, and an MA in the Philosophy and History of Science from Bristol University, UK. Following an initial career with Rolls Royce UK, he then worked extensively internationally, advising multinational industry clients in technology market strategies, including International Business Machines, Yamaha, Asea Brown Boveri, as well as a wide range of small and medium enterprises. Over the last twenty years he has focused on the rapid development of the Russian industrial economy, working to develop and implement corporate strategies for major clients in many sectors of the economy.

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