Foundations of Corporate Empire: Is History Repeating Itself? Karl Moore, David Lewis. Financial Times Prentice Hall.

Foundations of Corporate Empire: Is History Repeating Itself? Book Cover Foundations of Corporate Empire: Is History Repeating Itself?
Karl Moore, David Lewis
Financial Times Prentice Hall
December 29, 2000

At the dawn of a new economic age the future belongs to a cast of giant transnational companies along with networked newer players. Is this a new economic phenomenon? Or the latest movement in the evolution of economic prototypes thousands of years old?

From the cradles of civilization to the corporations of global economy, business empires have come and gone but the essence of economic enterprise has always been with us. This is a world in which enterprises have been shaped as much by what they are as what they do, and in which an understanding of where we’ve come from will aid our interpretation of where we can go. Every future has a foundation to be explored.

Foundations of Corporate Empire sketches the history of international business from the emergence of ancient Assyria around 2000 BC through the Phoenician, Carthaginian and Grecian periods to the time of the Roman Imperium under Augustus, and then on to the medieval and modern eras ending with today’s post-modern times.

The history of these civilizations has developed around different economic models, which have regularly re-emerged across time and are still present today.

Foundations of Corporate Empire looks at our past economic foundations to better understand where we are today and where we should be tomorrow.

Karl Moore is on the faculty at McGill University in an associate fellow at Templeton College, Oxford University. He spent the last five years at Oxford and recently joined McGill as a professor in strategic management. He has also taught at Cambridge, LBS and Erasmus University. Karl’s research has been published in a number of leading journals including JIBS, Management International Review, The Academy of Management Executive, Business History and JABS. Prior to his academic career, Karl worked for 12 years in marketing and management with IBM, Hitachi and Groupe Bull. He has acted as a consultant for a number of leading global firms including Nokia, HP, Andersen Consulting, Volvo and Regis McKenna.

David Lewis holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto and an MA in history from the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include the development of the idea of a United Europe in the 20th century and ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology. He has taught at the University of Toronto, the University of Windsor and Trent University. His research has been published in the number of journals including Florilegium, Management International Review and Business History.