The Corporation that Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational

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Pluto Press, Jul 20, 2006 - Business & Economics - 218 pages
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This book offers a fascinating account of the forerunner of the modern multinational: the British East India Company (1600-1874). Nick Robins shows how the East India Company pioneered the model of the corporation that we see today. Its innovations included the shareholder model of ownership, and the administrative framework of the modern firm. Global in reach, it achieved market dominance in Asia, trailblazing the British Empire in the East. In the process, the company shocked its age with the scale of its executive malpractice, stock market excess and human rights abuse. Offering a popular history of one of the world's most famous companies, Nick Robins shows what it teaches us about corporations today. Ultimately, the East India Company succumbed to popular protest and outright rebellion, first in the Boston Tea Party and then in the Indian Mutiny.

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This is a fabulously hit and miss book. The good: * Probably the most highlighted book I currently own -- long stretches of the book, especially on Plassay and Clive, are pure gold. * Incredibly well ... Read full review

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If you are from any Asian countries, then you probably have been taught about British Empire –– Yet, in History class, it doesn't go in depth about the root of the those problems. The Picture we get ... Read full review


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Nick Robins works in the City of London, running socially responsible investment funds. A historian by training, he has nearly 20 years experience in corporate responsibility issues, and writes widely for magazines such as Resurgence, the New Statesman and Ethical Corporation.

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