What are the forces shaping today's business world? Understanding Business Environments provides key readings which introduce the student to the factors underlying the business environment. Including chapters by gurus such as Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall and Will Hutton, the book covers: * social forces including the social structure and long-term social change * technological factors including Information Technology and new production technologies * economic factors including the impact of macroeconomic policy and of the financial system * political factors including the legal environment and government-business relations.
Introduction: The Concept of the Business Environment 1. Globalization Professor Anthony Giddens 2. Identifying Environmental Issues Rosalind Armson, John Martin, Susan Carr, Roger Spear and Tony Walsh 3. The Traditions of Thought in the Study of Economy and Society David Coates Section 1: The Economy Introduction 4. Conservative Governments and the Economy, 1979-97 Stephen Wilks 5. Finance Unbound Will Hutton 6. The Management of the UK Economy David Coates 7. A Marxist Reading of the UK Economy and its Management David Coates 8. Living Without Borders Dipak K Rastogi 9. Global Cooperation or Rival Trade Blocs Gerd Junne Section 2: Society Introduction 10. The Structure of Society Stuart Hall 11. Social Trend Since World War II A H Halsey 12. Changing Social Divisions: Class Gender and Race Harriet Bradley 13. Why Inequality Doesn't Work Will Hutton 14. A New International Division of Labour? Peter Braham 15. Culture and Management Rosalind Armson, John Martin, Susan Carr, Roger Spear and Tony Walsh Section 3: The State Introduction 16. An Overview of the English Legal System Carol Howells 17. Power and the State David Coates 18. Putting the Advanced Capitalist State in Perspective Anthony McGrew 19. Government-business Relations in Japan and Korea Min Chen 20. Business Routes of Influence in Brussels: Exploring the Choice of Direct Representation Robert J Bennett 21. Globalisation and the Advanced Capitalist State Anthony McGrew Section 4: The System? Technology and Globalisation Introduction 22.Creating the Corporate Future Russell L Ackoff