Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the Industrial Enterprise

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MIT Press, 1990 - Business & Economics - 463 pages
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"It is impossible in a bare outline to do anything like justice to the subtlety (if also, sometimes, the prolixity) of the argument and to the wealth of telling instances with which it is illustrated. The argument is not dogmatic or rigid and allows plenty of room for deviations, variants, and exceptions.... There is no doubt that this is a book of first-class importance...significant, not only for its substantive conclusions, original though these are, but as an example of the way in which fruitful relations can be established between economic and business history."
-- "Journal of Economic History" This book shows how the seventy largest corporations in America have dealt with a single economic problem: the effective administration of an expanding business. The author summarizes the history of the expansion of the nation's largest industries during the past hundred years and then examines in depth the modern decentralized corporate structure as it was developed independently by four companies--du Pont, General Motors, Standard Oil (New Jersey), and Sears, Roebuck.
"This 1990 reprint includes a new introduction by the author."
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTIONSTRATEGY AND STRUCTURE
1
HISTORICAL SETTING
17
DU PONTCREATING THE AUTONOMOUS
52
THE STRATEGY OF DIVERSIFICATION
78
NEW STRUCTURE FOR THE NEW STRATEGY
91
GENERAL MOTORS CREATING
114
THE SLOAN STRUCTURE
130
PUTTING THE NEW STRUCTURE INTO OPERATION
142
THE INITIAL REORGANIZATION 19251926
185
SEARS ROEBUCK AND COMPANY DECEN
225
ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION A COM
283
THE SPREAD OF THE MULTIDIVISIONAL
324
CONCLUSION CHAPTERS IN THE HISTORY
383
NOTES
399
INDEX
455
Copyright

STANDARD OIL COMPANY NEW JERSEY
162

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

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