Friday, April 23, 2010

Determinative: The Concept of the Corporation Chapt 1

If you didn’t understand it the first two times, perhaps you will get it the third. Drucker argues that he is studying big business not because it dominates the economy of 1946 but because it is determinative, because it is the leader and sets the standards for economic behavior. Again, for the third time in three books, he refers to the example of Victorian gentleman. They were not a majority in their society but they were a majority of the leaders and most social classes wanted their leaders, the leaders of industry say, to behave like gentlemen. In a similar way, we want our businesses to have the same standards, the same efficiency, the same strategic control as large corporations. Finally his sense of decisiveness is starting to make sense.

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