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The 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia: An Encyclopedia
     

The 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia: An Encyclopedia

by Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.
 

This reference book details the top 100 groundbreaking events in the history of American business, featuring case studies of successful companies who challenged traditional operating paradigms, historical perspectives on labor laws, management practices, and economic climates, and an examination of the impact of these influences on today's business practices.

Overview

This reference book details the top 100 groundbreaking events in the history of American business, featuring case studies of successful companies who challenged traditional operating paradigms, historical perspectives on labor laws, management practices, and economic climates, and an examination of the impact of these influences on today's business practices.

• Chronology of key events in the history of American business from 1630 to the present

• Helpful sidebars of the evolution of key terms used today

• Comprehensive index includes category, company names, personal names, and cross references to other events

• Suggestions for further reading for each article

• 10 relevant charts and tables

• Appendix of relevant sources

• 80 key primary documents supporting major events in American business

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume will be of interest to just as wide a variety of libraries and patrons; public libraries, community colleges and other two-year programs, as well as universities and other larger institutions. The entries in this encyclopedia provide a starting point for each of the included events, but taken as a whole, they also paint a picture of business history." - Reference & User Services Quarterly

"An excellent addition for most undergraduate institutions, high school libraries and public libraries when it comes to research." - Reference Reviews

"Skrabec has produced an accessible reference work for American business history. Although based on stand-alone descriptions of historical events, it reads more like a single fascinating story with 100 short chapters. . . . This volume's concise treatment and chronological (rather than alphabetical) organization make it an excellent introduction to American business history." - Choice

"Skrabec's writing is remarkably engaging and will be accessible even to high school students. This smart, efficient examination of pivotal events in U.S. business history is valuable as a stand-alone overview of American economic history and as a supplement to more traditional economic and business encyclopedias." - Library Journal

Library Journal
Skrabec's (business & operations management, Univ. of Findlay) extensive research is evident in this compilation of the 100 historical events that have had the greatest and most lasting impact on American business. Events are presented in chronological order, beginning with the privatization of the Plymouth Colony in 1623 and concluding with GM's bankruptcy filing in 2009. Entries generally range in length from two to four pages, and illustrations are sprinkled throughout. Pieces are carefully crafted to present both an encyclopedic overview of the topic and a thoughtful assessment of its importance to U.S. economic history over the short and long term. Particularly effective is the juxtaposition of well-known happenings, such as the stock market crash of 1929 and the oil embargo of 1973, with lesser-known milestones, such as the first use of an electric advertisement (by H.J. Heinz in 1900) and the first scan of a barcode (the pack of Juicy Fruit gum, scanned in Troy, OH, in 1973, now resides in the Smithsonian). The appendix includes excerpts from primary-source documents. VERDICT Skrabec's writing is remarkably engaging and will be accessible even to high school students. This smart, efficient examination of pivotal events in U.S. business history is valuable as a stand-alone overview of American economic history and as a supplement to more traditional economic and business encyclopedias.—Jennifer Michaelson, Cleveland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313398636
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/04/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
323
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., PhD, is professor of business and operations management at the University of Findlay, OH.

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