Companies that Changed the World

Companies that Changed the World

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Companies that Changed the World tells the fascinating stories of 50 joint-stock companies or companies based on that model that have exerted a critical influence on the social and economic history of the past four hundred years. As well describing clearly and accessibly the companies growth and influence over time, and profiling the pioneering entrepreneurs who built them, Jonathan Mantle s text is crammed with intriguing and unexpected information: from the role played by the humble pigeon in the history of news dissemination to how a pharmacist s five-cent patent medicine became the world s most powerful brand. Each of the 50 companies profiled has changed and reflected change in the world of its time, in far-reaching and often unexpected ways. Together, their stories amount to nothing less than a concise history of commerce and capitalism.During the 1980s IKEA-owned stores and franchises sprung up all around the world, transcending national, international and ... Danish, Finnish and Norwegian derivation and grouped by category: thus bookshelves, storage units and coffee tables are given Swedish place ... purchases, notoriously brief assembly instructions and sometimes lengthy self-assembly times are outweighed by the product.

Title:Companies that Changed the World
Author: Jonathan Mantle
Publisher:Quercus Books - 2008

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