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The Environment in a Historical Perspective

  • H. Igor Ansoff

Abstract

Modern business history in the United States starts roughly in the 1820s and 1830s. First the construction of a network of canals, and then of a nationwide railroad system triggered a process of economic unification of the country. A stream of basic inventions — the steam engine, the cotton gin, the Bessemer steel process, the vulcanization of rubber — provided a technological base for a rapid industrial takeoff. Technological invention proceeded alongside social invention and the development of one of the most successful and influential organizations in history — the business firm.

Keywords

Strategic Management Historical Perspective Social Progress Business Firm Marketing Concept 
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Copyright information

© H. Igor Ansoff 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Igor Ansoff
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.European Institute for Advanced Studies in ManagementUK
  2. 2.Stockholm School of EconomicsSweden

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