Shaping the Industrial Century

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


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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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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Cambridge, MassUnited States
  • English
  • 7 tables, 3 charts
  • 0674032217
  • 9780674032217
  • 669,468

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"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"

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About Alfred DuPont Chandler

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).

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