'The author has brilliantly fulfilled his brief of writing a critical but non-partisan survey for students wishing to bring themselves up to date with developments in internationally comparative business history. It will deservedly become the basic introductory reading for any modern business history course.' Leslie Hannah, Business History
'Schmitz covers much of the ground required by business history students and their tutors ... he has certainly written a workmanlike and user friendly review of the current literature for students and teachers alike.' Terry Gourvish, Economic History Review
Acknowledgements and Note; Editor's preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The nature and origins of big business; 3. Variations in the rise and spread of big business; 4. Institutional and technological factors; 5. Markets, hierarchies and the managerial revolution; 6. The impact of big business; 7. Conclusions: history and theory; Notes and references; Select bibliography; Index.