Globalization has profound effects on national economies even as distinct national ‘models’ of capitalism remain. International and Comparative Business accessibly tracks the historical and socio-political contexts of the world's major countries on a chapter-by-chapter basis to the present day. The book provides a comprehensive, critical, yet concise introduction to each of the economies’ key features, including macro overviews as well as organizational and workplace-level analysis. Each chapter features learning objectives, in-depth interpretation and critique of key literature, and annotated further reading to allow readers to rigorously navigate their way through the wealth of material available for each country. This text is essential reading for students and researchers in the areas of international business and cross-cultural management, comparative political economy, and history.

The United Kingdom: A Problematic Triumph of Finance Over Industry

The United Kingdom: A Problematic Triumph of Finance Over Industry

The United Kingdom: A problematic triumph of finance over industry

Chapter Objectives

  • To examine how the UK became one of the world's first industrialized nations, a primacy that ushered in a long period of economic superiority based on advanced engineering technology and the factory system
  • To provide brief coverage of the imperial history of the UK, explaining the role it played in the establishment of the City of London as one of the world's foremost financial centres
  • To describe how the end of the Second World War ushered in the long-run decline of Britain's international status, but also led to the development of a powerful and enduring welfare state in the UK, and a shift towards French-style state-led ...
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