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Alfred D.Chandler Jr.


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Alfred D.Chandler Jr.

Alfred Dupont Chandler Jr. received his doctorate in history from Harvard in 1952 and devoted his whole life to teaching and research. A disciple of Talcott Parsons, Joseph Schumpeter and Arthur Cole, he was an eminent promoter of business history studies at Harvard Business School. He was also a teacher atthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology, between 1960 and 1963, and the Johns Hopkins University between 1963 and 1971. He wrote dozens of articles and multiple essays, which have been translated to several languages.

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Alfred D.Chandler Jr.

 |  2008

This book explains, in exemplary fashion, the role of the big company and its managers in the early years of modern capitalism, from the second half of the 19th century to the first third of the 20th. Published in 1977, it successively won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes of 1978 and also the Newcomen Book Award 1975-1978, for the best essay of the triennium.

Alfred Chandler describes the appearance of “the visible hand” of the managers, and how this replaced what Adam Smith had called “the invisible hand” of the market. This represents no less than the passage from the familiar liberal capitalism of Smith, in the 18th century, to the professional management capitalism of Chandler, in which we currently live.


ISBN: 978-84-936162-0-5
Alfred D.Chandler Jr. – 2008
Paperback, 23.5 cm x 16 cm / 9.25″ x 6.3″
733 pp

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