The Theory of Business Enterprise (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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This 1904 volume presciently criticizes the dominance of large corporations in culture and economy, contrasting the goals of business—the making of profit—with the goals of industry—the making of goods. Veblen describes the industrial system as essentially flawed in many ways.
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The Theory of Business Enterprise (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview

This 1904 volume presciently criticizes the dominance of large corporations in culture and economy, contrasting the goals of business—the making of profit—with the goals of industry—the making of goods. Veblen describes the industrial system as essentially flawed in many ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411464681
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 12/19/2011
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 1,367,007
  • File size: 507 KB

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Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was a U.S. economist whose criticisms of American capitalism and businesses combined Darwinian evolutionary theory with broad sociological principles.  The result, known as institutional economics, was extremely influential at the time of the Great Depression. He wrote the classic critique of capitalism The Theory of the Leisure Class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Econ Class Book Review

    JMJ IHM Veblen's book on business enterprise focuses on several different aspects of business, not only how it drives the economy, but how it affects the individual as well. He puts an emphasis on the prominent business man, the effects of the enterprise on him, and what he can do to change and profit from that enterprise. He also places a special importance on the 'machine process.' He calls machinery the focus of the business world, as it was in the 1900's. Extending his insightful veiws into the social as well as the economic world, Velben's book is well-written and comprehensive. He expertly links each of the aspects of his Theory together in well-headed, essay-like chapters. It provides a good over view of the business enterprise of the 1900's.

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