The company : a short history of a revolutionary idea / John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge.
- 2003 Modern library ed.
- New York : Modern Library, 2003.
- Modern Library chronicles.
Modern Library chronicles
xxiii, 227 pages ; 20 cm.
- Corporations -- History.
Incorporation -- History.
Business enterprises -- History.
Entrepreneurship -- History.
Business -- History.
Commerce -- History.
- Economist editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge reveal the company to be one of history's great catalysts, for good and for ill, a mighty engine for sucking in, recombining, and pumping out money, goods, people, and culture to every corner of the globe. What other earthly invention has the power to grow to any size, and to live to any age? What else could have given us both the stock market and the British Empire? The company man, the company town, and company time? Disneyfication and McDonald'sization, to say nothing of Coca-colonialism? Through its many mutations, the company has always incited controversy, and governments have always fought to rein it in. Today, though Marx may spin in his grave and anarchists riot in the streets, the company exercises an unparalleled influence on the globe, and understanding what this creature is and where it comes from has never been a more pressing matter.
- Introduction Utopia limited
Merchants and monopolists, 3000 B.C.-A.D. 1500
Imperialists and speculators, 1500-1750
Prolonged and painful birth, 1750-1862
Rise of big business in America, 1862-1913
Rise of big business in Britain, Germany, and Japan, 1850-1950
Triumph of managerial capitalism, 1913-1975
Corporate paradox, 1975-2002
Agents of influence: multinationals, 1850-2002
Conclusion Future of the company.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-212) and index.
- Wooldridge, Adrian.
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