WESLEY B. TRUITT is Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University's graduate School of Public Policy in Malibu, California, and former and former Executive-in-Residence at the College of Business Administration, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, specializing in business planning, business-government relations, and international business management. He is also a member of the Persius Consulting Group and serves as an independent management consultant and as advisor to the RAND Corporation. For over 25 years he served in a variety of management positions at the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He speaks to industry groups, business schools, think tanks, and government agencies, and has testified for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is the author of Business Planning (Quorum, 2001) and What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Government (Praeger, 2004).
Corporation (Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics Series)by Wesley B. Truitt
Today's culture is increasingly influenced—even dominated—by business, and the corporation is the quintessential enterprise, representing everything that is popularly considered both good and evil about business. The Corporation provides readers with a basic understanding of how a corporation works, generating wealth for its shareholders,/i>
Today's culture is increasingly influenced—even dominated—by business, and the corporation is the quintessential enterprise, representing everything that is popularly considered both good and evil about business. The Corporation provides readers with a basic understanding of how a corporation works, generating wealth for its shareholders, employees, communities, and the nations in which it is active.
The first part addresses the importance of the corporation in the United States—how and why this business form developed historically (in legal, political, economic, and social context), how it became the country's most dominant business form, and its vital role in the economy today, including its contributions to Gross Domestic Product and employment. The next section focuses on the nature of a corporation as a business entity, including the process of incorporating, laws and regulations that influence its daily operations, and a comparison with other business entities (such as partnerships) in the U.S. and around the world. The final chapters explore issues related to ethical conduct and accountability—governance, auditing and financial reporting, business-government relations, social responsibility, and compensation of directors and executives—and considers the future of the corporation in an era of economic anxiety. Featuring many company examples, illustrations, charts, a glossary, timeline, and listings of resources and references, The Corporation is an essential introduction to business and its role in society.
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