This authoritative research review focuses on the rise of modern firms, from their early history to the present day. It considers the role of laws and contracts in shaping the growth and influence of business enterprises. It presents entrepreneurs, executives and the firms they controlled as driving actors in national economies and international growth. The authors have selected work by scholars who have used corporate archives to explore the fine details of how firms actually operated. They also include work by those who have been influenced by evolutionary, transaction-cost and resource-based theories of the firm.
About Elgar Research Reviews
Elgar Research Reviews consist of two principal components: a scholarly Review Article and a list of Recommended Readings.
The Review Article prepared by a leading scholar introduces the relevant field of academic study by making reference to the seminal and most transformative articles within that field. This piece sets in context the readings that follow, illustrating how they have shaped the scholarship and why they are important to the development of the field. The Recommended Readings have full references to facilitate further research.
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Finding a print version of the recommended readings
A print edition of this resource, which also includes the full text of the Recommended Readings in their original layout is available as a single print work, The Rise of the Modern Firm, edited by Geoffrey Jones and Walter A. Friedman (ISBN 978 1 84844 781 3). Use the Find This Book In Your Library button at the top of this page to see if it is available in your library. (The button only appears if your library has provided their link resolver details.)