Big Business and the Wealth of Nations

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Alfred D. Chandler, Franco Amatori, Takashi Hikino
Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 1999 - Business & Economics - 580 pages
Written in nontechnical terms, this book explains how the dynamics of big business have influenced national and international economies. A path-breaking study, it provides 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. Large industrial enterprises play a vital role in developing new technologies and commercializing new products in all of the major countries. How such firms emerged and evolved in different economic, political, and social settings constitutes a significant part of twentieth century world history. These essays, written by internationally-known historians and economists, help one understand the essential role and functions of big business.
 

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Contents

Historical and comparative contours of big business
3
The large industrial enterprise and the dynamics of modern economic growth
24
The United States Engines of economic growth in the capitalintensive and knowledgeintensive industries
63
Great Britain Big business management and competitiveness in twentiethcentury Britain
102
Germany Competition abroad cooperation at home 18701990
139
Small European nations Cooperative capitalism in the twentieth century
176
France The relatively slow development of big business in the twentieth century
207
Italy The tormented rise of organizational capabilities between government and families
246
Argentina Industrial growth and enterprise organization 1880s1980s
368
USSR Large enterprises in the USSR the functional disorder
397
Czechoslovakia The halting pace to scope and scale
433
Organizational competences firm size and the wealth of nations Some comments from a comparative perspective
465
Managerial control capital markets and the wealth of nations
480
Big business and skill formation in the wealthiest nations The organizational revolution in the twentieth century
497
Government big business and the wealth of nations
522
Constructing big business The cultural concept of the firm
546

Spain Big manufacturing firms between state and market 19171990
277
Japan Increasing organizational capabilities of large industrial enterprises 1880s1980s
307
South Korea Enterprising groups and entrepreneurial government
336

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