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1st Edition

Globalization and Time

ISBN 9780415683135
Published February 1, 2017 by Routledge
456 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The process of globalization has brought about countless changes in societies, communities, regions and economies across the globe. It has been analyzed from many perspectives as a result and much has been written to muddy the waters of our understanding of this important concept. In going back to the real origins of the global economy, this book demonstrates that understanding this phenomenon as a, 'battle against time' will bring a new clarity to the subject.

The process of globalization was accompanied by the mastering of ‘social time’, thereby producing a progressive increase in the speed of business transactions, both in manufacturing and in services. The context is the development of international trade in western societies and the creation of business institutions to drive forward growth. The account takes a ‘long view’, beginning with early European exploration in the B.C. period, and ending with the establishment of Multinational Enterprises in the 20th century.

Using an impressive range of sources this unique book will be valuable reading for students and academics involved with the study of international business, economic history, business history and politics, among other disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Co-ordination of Time  Part I: Terrestrial Globalization  1. Exploring the Globe  2. The Emergence of Temporalities  3. The Age of Merchant Capitalism  Part II: The Industrial Globalization  4. Time in British Industry and Railway Transport  5. Time and Politics  6. Speed in Transport and Industry  7. Time and Motion  8. Time and Emotion  9. The Accelerated Transfer of People and Cargo  Part III: Electronic Globalization  10. Information and Communication Revolution  11. The Japanese Miracle and Just in Time  12. Flexitime  13. Time and Cultures  14. Epilogue

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Luchien Karsten is Professor of International Business and Management at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, as well as visiting professor at many other institutions. His research interests focus on time and management, the transfer of management concepts and the history of changes in multinationals. He is a member of the editorial board of Personnel Review and the South East Asian Journal of Management


'This is valuable reading, helping the reader to understand the historical dynamics of the international economy during the last millennium, in order to achieve a more realistic view of globalization'Andrea Colli, Bocconi University, UK