Business as a System of Power

Business as a System of Power

Business as a System of Power

Business as a System of Power

Excerpt

Attempts to unify business on an ever more comprehensive basis are inevitable. For how else is it possible to cope with the administrative and managerial problems of an industrial technology which has for decades past been moving toward such a policy?

Intuitively, the most unsophisticated know this part of the story. The breakfast table draws its supplies from the most distant lands. The factory soaks up materials from a continent and sets the finished products flowing along well-grooved channels to the ends of the earth. Finely meshed networks of transportation, communication, and energy bind the whole more closely and rigorously together with each passing day. Within these spreading networks, industrial technology, in an infinity of small ways--hither and yon, endlessly, restlessly, ceaselessly--weaves tighter and more exactingly the multifarious interdependencies which engineers, step by step, wring from the master patterns of the unfolding natural- science "web of reason." Integration, coÖrdination, planning, these are the very root and marrow, the essence and the spirit of the industrial system as it is being developed in our times. In these respects changes are unidirectional, additive, cumulative. From them there is no turning back. And, as the bitterly fought issues of the Second World War--a "total war" which pits entire economic systems against each other--have made abundantly plain, the end is not yet.

POLICY AT THE CROSSROADS

Moving with this trend, however consciously or intuitively, businessmen all over the world are engaged in weaving parallel . . .

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