Rivalry: In Business, Science, among Nations

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Overview

A theory of business enterprise and of rivalry is developed from the assumption that decisions to make new business ventures and the greater readiness to take risks are related to fears of being hierarchically outranked.
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"Reading Brenner will illuminate the analysis of business behaviour, highlighting the need to understand the 'leapfrogging' game in any interpretation of a firm's rate of growth. Competition and risk are crucial phenomena affecting a firm's performance, and the human response must lie at the centre of any study of business history. This will make Rivalry an important text for anyone considering such issues." J.F. Wilson, Business History

"This is an important book. Schumpeter would have been impressed." Graham Bannock, Business Economist

"Rivalry, extensively researched and documented, is a badly needed, cogently argued, clearly written reaction against static, esoteric economic model building." R.O. Werner, Choice

"The quest for a parsimonious theory of economic change is hardly novel. It is comparatively rare, though, that historical and contemporary fact are allowed to act as the judge of whether the theoretical enterprise should stand or fall. Reuven Brenner's Rivalry: In Business, Science, among Nations makes refreshing reading for its painstaking effort to provide empirical support for the argument." Edward H. Lorenz, Business History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521331876
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1. A theory of business enterprise; 2. Who are the entrepreneurs?; 3. Competition: the leapfrogging game; 4. On memory, advertising and custom; 5. Inventions and discoveries, in science in particular; 6. Origins of state-owned enterprises; 7. Restoring the wealth of nations.

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