The Business System: A Bicentennial View

The Business System: A Bicentennial View

The Business System: A Bicentennial View

The Business System: A Bicentennial View


The seventy-fifth anniversary of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration came during the bicentennial year of the United States of America. From this coincidence was forged the theme of Tuck's diamond anniversary celebration-- The Business System: A Bicentennial View. It was felt that Tuck could more than justify this hitchhiking on the bicentennial theme because education for professional management was an American invention and Tuck was America's first graduate school of business administration.

Moreover, 1976 was also the bicentennial year of the publication of Adam Smith's famous treatise An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. It would be hard to cite another work of greater relevance to the study of the free enterprise system and management within that system, or a work that has proven more timeless. Thus many of the speakers in this symposium found it useful to refer to Adam Smith's great work.

From this confluence of the anniversaries of the founding of the Tuck School, the birth of the American nation, and the publication of The Wealth of Nations emerged the three session themes around which the Symposium was organized:

Economics and Social Progress: Adam Smith Plus Two Hundred Years

Modern Institutions and Individual Freedom: Thomas Jefferson Plus Two Hundred Years

Technology for Man: Benjamin Franklin Plus Two Hundred Years . . .

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