This is the first full account of how an influential form of commercial organization - the multinational enterprise - drove globalization and contributed to the making of the modern world. Robert Fitzgerald explores the major role of multinational enterprises in the events of world history, from the nineteenth century to the present, revealing how the growth of businesses that operated across borders contributed to an unprecedented worldwide transformation and deepening interdependence between countries. He demonstrates how international businesses shaped the economic development and competitiveness of nations, their politics and sovereignty, and the balance of power in international relations. The Rise of the Global Company uses the lessons of history to question prominent contemporary interpretations of multinationals and their consequences, and offers a truly wide-ranging survey of multinational enterprise, spanning two hundred years and five continents. 'This is an ambitious study, long in preparation, on the vast reach of multinational enterprises and on their importance in the transformation of the modern world economy. It draws on a formidable collection of individual company data, emphasizing the interactions between firms and diplomatic, military, and political, as well as economic history. It covers a wide range of multinational enterprises in agriculture and mining and services as well as in manufacturing. It is a fascinating work.' Mira Wilkins, Florida International University 'This book from ... the well-known and respected business historian Dr Robert Fitzgerald is to be welcomed for a set of reasons. The breadth, amount and quality of the research and writing is outstanding ... The book's strengths are manifold ... it is the first wide-ranging and full account to detail how the organisational form of the multinational company (MNC) helped globalisation and made the modern world ... it provides a useful and vital background to understanding MNCs ... Dr Fitzgerald usefully reminds us of the uses and power of the lessons of history to allow us to better question and analyze prominent contemporary interpretations of MNCs and their consequences.' Chris Rowley, City University London 'This is a definitive new book in the field of international business. Covering the period from the 1870s to the twenty-first century, the book is characterized by its wide time-span and depth of analysis. Its detailed account of the rise of the global company contributes to a comprehensive understanding of globalization - o
New Approaches to Economic and Social History: The Rise of the Global Company: Multinationals and the Making of the Modern World
1. Multinationals, states and the international economy; 2. Empires of business: 1870-1914; 3. The reverse gear?: 1914-48; 4. Cold War and the new international economic order: 1948-80; 5. Global economics?: 1980-2012; Conclusion: international business in time; Tables; References; Bibliography; Index.