Accounting for Growth: Information Systems and the Creation of the Large Corporation

Accounting for Growth: Information Systems and the Creation of the Large Corporation

by Margaret Levenstein
     
 


This study of information systems in American business during the quarter-century before World War I takes as its starting point the way in which the Dow Chemical Company constructed and reconstructed its internal information systems. It shows how changes in information systems affected Dow's organization and management, as well as the extent of its technological… See more details below

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This study of information systems in American business during the quarter-century before World War I takes as its starting point the way in which the Dow Chemical Company constructed and reconstructed its internal information systems. It shows how changes in information systems affected Dow's organization and management, as well as the extent of its technological innovation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804730037
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
1Introduction: Information and Innovation1
2The History of Early Manufacturing Accounting20
3Strategy and Structure: A History of Dow40
4Reports and More Reports: A Reconstruction of the Information System87
5Accounting for Capital: Depreciation, Inventory Valuation, and Cost Calculation140
6Strategy, Structure, and Information: The Evolution of Accounting at Dow164
7Information, Organization, and Competition: The Creation of Monopoly Capitalism190
App. ABiographical Information for Key Individuals in the Early History of the Dow Chemical Company199
App. BProducts of the Midland and Dow Chemical Companies, 1891-1914204
App. CItem Identifications: Elements of the Dow Information System208
App. DTypes of Information Included in Midland and Dow Chemical Company Reports211
Notes215
Bibliography265
Index273

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