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In the history of business, B.C. stands for Before Chandler. Over the past several decades, Alfred D. Chandler Jr. of Harvard Business School has brought unprecedented rigor and sophistication to the study of the corporation. In so doing, he has profoundly shaped our understanding of that institution's role in modern capitalism...[Chandler's] latest work, Scale and Scope...is his most ambitious yet. Chandler compares and contrasts the growth of the 200 largest companies in each of three industrial powerhouses—the U.S., Britain, and Germany—from the 1880s through the 1940s, searching for the common characteristics of successful corporations...The book speaks to all the major debates swirling around Corporate America—including those over shareholder value, mergers and acquisitions, and global competitiveness.
— Christopher Farrell