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Overview

Representing ten years of research into the history of the managerial business system, this book concentrates on patterns of growth and competitiveness in the U.S., Germany, and Great Britain, tracing the evolution of large firms into multinational giants and orienting the late twentieth century's most important developments.
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Editorial Reviews

Business Week

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

New York Times Book Review

Serious students of the worldwide industrialization that occurred in the century between the 1870s and the 1970s are indebted to Mr. Chandler...for a lifetime of determined effort to find order and predictable processes in industrial history...Chandler started out years ago to make sense out of the transformation of capitalist enterprise caused by the growth of giant industrial companies...He has succeeded with a power and authority that will not soon be matched.
— Jonathan Hughes

Times Literary Supplement

Chandler has written an admirable book, analytically tight, and full of fascinating detail. The more he explains, the more, perhaps, there is left to explain. But all future work on the process of successful industrial development must necessarily have reference to his outstanding research and writing.
— Aubrey Silberston

Times Higher Education Supplement

A major monument to our increasingly successful quest to understand and interpret the modern industrial world.
— Sidney Pollard

Washington Post Book World
The book is important. It traces the evolution of the economic environment in which we breathe, and which we need to interpret without the blinders of doctrine or dogma... It is an exhaustive, nation-by-nation, industry-by-industry, company-by-company survey Chandler is what social science is all about.
— Bernard A. Weisberger
Washington Post Book World

The book is important. It traces the evolution of the economic environment in which we breathe, and which we need to interpret without the blinders of doctrine or dogma... It is an exhaustive, nation-by-nation, industry-by-industry, company-by-company survey Chandler is what social science is all about.
— Bernard A. Weisberger

New York Times Book Review - Jonathan Hughes
Serious students of the worldwide industrialization that occurred in the century between the 1870s and the 1970s are indebted to Mr. Chandler...for a lifetime of determined effort to find order and predictable processes in industrial history...Chandler started out years ago to make sense out of the transformation of capitalist enterprise caused by the growth of giant industrial companies...He has succeeded with a power and authority that will not soon be matched.
Washington Post Book World - Bernard A. Weisberger
The book is important. It traces the evolution of the economic environment in which we breathe, and which we need to interpret without the blinders of doctrine or dogma... It is an exhaustive, nation-by-nation, industry-by-industry, company-by-company survey Chandler is what social science is all about.
Times Higher Education Supplement - Sidney Pollard
A major monument to our increasingly successful quest to understand and interpret the modern industrial world.
Business Week - Christopher Farrell
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.
Times Literary Supplement - Aubrey Silberston
Chandler has written an admirable book, analytically tight, and full of fascinating detail. The more he explains, the more, perhaps, there is left to explain. But all future work on the process of successful industrial development must necessarily have reference to his outstanding research and writing.
Business Week
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
New York Times Book Review
Serious students of the worldwide industrialization that occurred in the century between the 1870s and the 1970s are indebted to Mr. Chandler...for a lifetime of determined effort to find order and predictable processes in industrial history...Chandler started out years ago to make sense out of the transformation of capitalist enterprise caused by the growth of giant industrial companies...He has succeeded with a power and authority that will not soon be matched.
— Jonathan Hughes
Times Literary Supplement
Chandler has written an admirable book, analytically tight, and full of fascinating detail. The more he explains, the more, perhaps, there is left to explain. But all future work on the process of successful industrial development must necessarily have reference to his outstanding research and writing.
— Aubrey Silberston
Times Higher Education Supplement
A major monument to our increasingly successful quest to understand and interpret the modern industrial world.
— Sidney Pollard
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674789951
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 780
  • Product dimensions: 1.56 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School.
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Table of Contents

PART I

Introduction: Scale and Scope

1. The Modem Industrial Enterprise

2. Scale, Scope, and Organizational Capabilities

The New Institution

Historical Attributes

Economies of Scale and Scope in Production

Economies of Scale and Scope in Distribution

Building the Integrative Hierarchy

First-Mover Advantages and Oligopolistic Competition

Continuing Growth of the Modern Enterprise

Horizontal and Vertical Combination

Geographical Expansion and Product Diversification

The Modern Enterprise in Labor-Intensive Industries

PART II

The United States: Competitive Managerial Capitalism

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