American Corporate Economy

In the twentieth century, the United States emerged as the world's largest and most powerful economy. Understanding the evolution, organization and performance of the American corporate enterprise in this period is an indispensable foundation for understanding the evolution, organization and performance of not only the US economy but also the global economy.

by William Lazonick
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

In the twentieth century, the United States emerged as the world's largest and most powerful economy. Understanding the evolution, organization and performance of the American corporate enterprise in this period is an indispensable foundation for understanding the evolution, organization and performance of not only the US economy but also the global economy.

The readings collected in these four volumes put on display a portion of what we know, or at least what we think we know, about the evolution, operation and performance of the American corporate enterprise, and the American corporate economy more generally, over the course of the twentieth century.

Divided into seven sections:

- Oragnization of Industry

- Corporate Control

- Money and People

- Developing Technology

- Organizing Production

- Organizations and Markets,

many of the readings provide broad overviews of the evolution of the US corporate enterprise, while others contribute to debates on the role of the US corporate enterprise in the evolution of American economy and society.

Taken as whole, these readings provided an in-depth introduction to a major phenomenon - the role of the business corporation in the economy and society - that remains of central importance and concern in the twenty-first century.

The material is arranged thematically to help the reader navigate the field. There is also a thorough index making this set an invaluable reference tool for both academics and practitioners in the field.

Routledge, 2002

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