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Leviathans: Multinational Corporations and the New Global Historyby Alfred Dupont, Jr. Chandler
Synopses & Reviews
Leviathans is a ground-breaking exploration of multinational corporations and differs from other books on the subject by offering the reader a totally global perspective of multinationals without portraying them simply as economic entities. Written by experts on various aspects of the history, development, cultural and social implications of the multinational corporation, the book paints a compelling and coherent picture of the way these businesses affect almost all areas of our existence. As we might expect, the multinational company is shown to play a major role in the globalization that is reshaping so much of our lives.
Book News Annotation:
Of the 100 entities with the largest gross national product, about half are multinational corporations—companies larger and wealthier that many nation-states. Editors Chandler (business history, emeritus, Harvard U.) and Mazich (history, emeritus, MIT), convinced that these "new Leviathans" must be acknowledged, identified, and located, produced first Global Inc., a historical atlas that shows the giant firms' reach. Now they've organized the atlas's conceptual counterpart, an exploration of the scope, history, development, cultural and social implications, and governance problems of the modern multinational corporation, with a goal of showing that the companies are not mere economic entities but part of a complex interplay of factors.
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Leviathans is about globalization and the Multinational Corporations that figure so largely in that process. It differs from other books on the subject by look at the MNCs in the round, and not just as economic entities (though paying full heed to this aspect of them). Written by experts on various aspects of the MNCs, it weaves a coherent and compelling picture of the way these "businesses" affect almost all areas of our existence in society and how they play a major role - political, cultural, ad social--in the globalization that is reshaping so much of our lives.
This book paints a compelling picture of the way multinational corporations affect our lives.
Representing a path-breaking effort to look at multinational corporations in the round, this book emphasizes their scope, history and development, cultural and social implications, and governance problems. Starting with a primer on MNCs, eight chapters are devoted to a variety of aspects, including global elites. Their approach makes readers recognize that MNCs are not merely economic entities, but are part of a complex interplay of factors. In turn, studying MNCs will lead to reexamination of the globalization process.
About the Author
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. is Isidor Straus Professor of Business History Emeritus and Harvard Business School. He is internationally renowned as one of the most prominent and influential contemporary business historians. His major works, Strategy and Structure (1962), The Visible Hand (1977), and Scale and Scope (1990) have won many prices, including the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes. He is also co-editor, with Franco Amatori and Takashi Hikino, of Big Business and the Wealth of Nations (Cambridge 1997).Bruce Mazlish is Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His publication include The Uncertain Sciences (1998), The Fourth Discontinuity: The Co-Evolution of Humans and Machines (1993), A New Science: Breaking the Connections and the Birth of Sociology (1989) and Conceptualizing Global History (1993), which he co-edited with Ralph Buultjens. He has also written numerous articles on globalization.
Table of Contents
Introduction Alfred Chandler and Bruce Mazlish; Part I. The Scope of the Multinational Phenomenon: 1. A primer on multinational corporations Brian Roach; 2. Multinational enterprise to 1930: discontinuities and continuities Mira Wilkins; 3. Multinationals from the 1930s to the 1980s Geoffrey Jones; 4. Innovative multinational forms: Japan as a case study Sei Yonekura and Sara McKinney; Part II. Cultural and Social Implications of Multinationals: 5. The social impacts of multinational corporations: an outline of the issues, with a focus on workers Neva R. Goodwin; 6. A global elite? Bruce Mazlish and Elliott Morss; Part III. The Governance of Multinationals: 7. Governing the multinational enterprise: emergence of the global shareowner Robert A. G. Monks; 8. The financial revolutions of the twentieth century Zhu Jia-Ming and Elliott R. Morss; 9. Multinational corporations, the protest movement, and the future of global governance Stephen J. Kobrin; Conclusion Bruce Mazlish.
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