Shaping the Industrial Century: The Remarkable Story of the Evolution of the Modern Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries

Shaping the Industrial Century: The Remarkable Story of the Evolution of the Modern Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries

Paperback Harvard Studies in Business History

By (author) Alfred D. Chandler

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  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 28mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674032217
  • ISBN 13: 9780674032217
  • Illustrations note: 7 tables, 3 charts
  • Sales rank: 617,326

Product description

The dean of business historians continues his masterful chronicle of the transforming revolutions of the twentieth century begun in "Inventing the Electronic Century". Alfred Chandler argues that only with consistent attention to research and development and an emphasis on long-term corporate strategies could firms remain successful over time. He details these processes for nearly every major chemical and pharmaceutical firm, demonstrating why some companies forged ahead while others failed.

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Author information

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School and the author of several books, including The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business (Harvard).

Review quote

"Chandler does a remarkable job of covering the development of two industries that changed the world in the twentieth century." - John Emsley, Times Higher Education Supplement "A dynamic demonstration of how strategy takes precedence over structure in determining the ongoing success or failure of an industry that has reached its mature phase." - John K. Smith, Jr., Business History Review"

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments Part I. Overview 1. Differences, Concepts, Themes, and Approach 2. Evolving Paths of Learning Part II. The Chemical Industry 3. The Major American Companies 4. The Focused American Companies 5. The European Competitors 6. The American Competitors Part III. The Pharmaceutical Industry 7. The American Companies: The Prescription Path 8. The American Companies: The Over-the-Counter Path 9. The American and European Competitors 10. Commercializing Biotechnology Part IV. Paths of Learning 11. The Three Revolutions: Industrial, Information, and Biotechnology Notes Index