Territories of Profit: Communications, Capitalist Development, and the Innovative Enterprises of G. F. Swift and Dell Computer

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Communications and Innovation, Business Organization and Territory 1
Pt. 1 Theory
2 From Communications and Innovation to Business Organization and Territory: A Synthesis 27
Pt. 2 Rails, Telegraphy, and the Business Enterprise of G. F. Swift & Company
3 The Railroad and Telegraph as Commerce System and Market Space 63
4 Continental Divide: The Business Enterprise of G. F. Swift & Company 91
Pt. 3 The Internet and the Business Organization of Dell Computer
5 The Internet as Commerce System and Market Space 139
6 Global Reach: The Business Organization of Dell Computer 165
7 Conclusion: The Rhyme of History 220
Notes 233
References 247
Index 267
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Territories of Profit compares Dell Computer, the dominant computer manufacturer of the late twentieth century, and G. F. Swift, the leading meatpacking firm of the late nineteenth century, to reveal how communications revolutions in different periods enabled businesses to innovate their operations, reorganize the structure of the firm, and reshape the geography of profit-making. By depicting the parallel experiences of Dell and Swift, which both deployed revolutionary communications technologies in their business systems and transformed patterns of development through their innovative advances, the book challenges simplified representations of the contemporary economy as historically unprecedented. Territories of Profit also incorporates information from interview sources within Dell to portray the “Dell Model” in ways never before revealed in existing studies of the PC maker.

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