The Dynamic American Firm

  • Robert A. Batterson
  • Kenneth W. Chilton
  • Murray L. Weidenbaum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Responding to a Changing World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew Wilson
      Pages 3-19
  3. External Shocks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Robert A. Batterson
      Pages 37-59
    3. Murray Weidenbaum
      Pages 79-87
    4. Richard B. McKenzie, Dwight R. Lee
      Pages 89-102
  4. Going Global

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Harvey S. James Jr., Murray Weidenbaum
      Pages 105-121
    3. Murray Weidenbaum, Harvey S. James Jr.
      Pages 123-135
  5. Adjustment from Within

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Andrew Wilson
      Pages 151-162
    3. Kenneth Chilton, Murray Weidenbaum
      Pages 183-199
    4. Kenneth Chilton, Murray Weidenbaum
      Pages 201-218
  6. Whither the U.S. Film

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Murray L. Weidenbaum
      Pages 221-229
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-240

About this book


Business is becoming more global, more competitive, and more knowledge-intensive. Consequently, business executives are being required to reexamine and redefine fundamental relationships - both intra- and inter-company. The Dynamic American Firm explores the pivotal factors motivating the organizational changes that are sweeping American business, with a particular emphasis on the global marketplace. It provides a critical analysis of the forces that are shaping strategies and structures of American business, emphasizing that the process of adaption is more important than particular strategies and structures that develop along the way.
The authors begin by illustrating the external factors that shape the development of the firm, including a combination of technological advances and increasingly global markets, and proceed to discuss corporate efforts to adapt to this external environment by means of changing relationships with other firms. They pay particular attention to the alliances that help American firms establish a presence in overseas markets, including the roles of mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. The book concludes with a discussion of the internal changes taking place in American firms, including shifts in organizational strategy and structure, the elimination of middle management, and the development of work teams.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert A. Batterson
    • 1
  • Kenneth W. Chilton
    • 1
  • Murray L. Weidenbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of American BusinessWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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