According to Thorstein Veblen, absentee ownership is the main and immediate Veblen’s book continues to be of vital importance to the studies of economics. 2 Thorstein Veblen, Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in R. Case of America (New York: Viking Press, ). 3 Adolph A. Berle, Jr., Power without. Absentee Ownership has 14 ratings and 1 review. William said: I just re-read this book. I had forgotten how good Veblen’s analysis of modern finance (in.

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It is not that nothing of the kind is to be found in the practice of earlier times.

Industrial business became a commercial enterprise, and the industrial plant became a going concern capitalised on ownersbip earning-capacity. So the interval since the middle of the nineteenth century stands in contrast to what went before, as a more or less sharply defined period of special growth in the industrial arts, during which the mechanical industry has progressively shifted to a footing of applied science, and during which also the immediate designing and conduct of the work has progressively been taken over by the technicians.

Veblen is famous for the idea of “conspicuous consumption”.

Business Enterprise in Recent Times: While it is quite evident that the conduct of productive industry, especially in its larger and more difficult undertakings, calls progressively for a more profound and wider technical insight and a more single-minded technical discretion and control, yet the general staff of the industrial system continues to be made up of businesslike laymen.

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Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times: The Case of America

As the name implies, he set out with being a pioneer in industrial enterprise, a designer, builder and manager of industrial equipment and a foreman of the work in hand. I had forgotten how good Veblen’s analysis of modern finance in vebleh book was. Neither the industrial chemist nor the industrial laboratory had been counted in among the ways and means of production. Absentee ownership wiped that velen for the common man.

Glenny Brock marked it as to-read Jun 12, Emil Duhnea marked it as to-read Jun 25, Absentee Ownership is an inquiry into the economic situation as it has taken shape in the twentieth century, particularly as exemplified in the case of America. Indeed, it has taken something like a hundred years for the formulas of the economists ownershil adapt themselves to the new run of facts in business and industry which set in in the days of Adam Smith.

Absentee Ownership: Business Enterprise in Recent Times – The Case of America

Refresh and try again. Max Petrichenko rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Alexan Martin-Eichner rated it liked it Mar 03, Part II is an objective, theoretical analysis of those economic circumstances described in the first part of the book. Very much as was the case in the petty trade of the Middle Ages, so also in the handicraft industry; by degrees but unavoidably, absentee ownership came in so soon ownrship so far as the scare of operation advanced to such a point that trade or industry became a matter of teamwork.


Peter rated it it was amazing Apr 23, M marked it as to-read Feb 02, Dustin Taylor marked it as to-read Nov 25, The Rise of the Corporation.

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There came on a progressive, but none the less revolutionary, change in the standard type of industrial business, as well as in the ways and means of industrial work; and the same line of change has gone forward unremittingly from that time to the present, as it is also visibly running on into the future. Amber marked it as to-read Feb 12, Selected pages Title Page. It was an advance in the scale and complication of equipment and work, in specialisation and standardisation, in applied mechanics and chemistry, which entailed the substitution of technical precision in the place of rule of thumb; and along with this progressive change in the technical complexion of the case there was a similarly exacting growth in the business to be done, an increasing volume and an increasing nicety and multiplicity of details.

This new scenario can be called “capitalism,” something quite different from what Adam Smith described in his Wealth of Nationsin which the small independent producer emerges free from the shackles of the state mercantilistic policies. Tyler Wilch added it May 06, The discontinuance and disintegration of the captain of industry was due to the continued advance of the industrial arts.

Preview — Absentee Ownership by Thorstein Veblen.

Adam Smith spoke the language of what was to him the historical present, that is to say the recent past of his time, and he has left a luminous record of the state of things economic in his time as formulated absnetee terms of the habit of thought with which the recent past had invested the generation of men. As a leading intellectual of the Progressive Era, Veblen attacked production for profit.

Thorstein Veblen, Absentee Ownership ()

The Industrial System of the New Order. Out of this increasing recourse to detailed, exact, objective knowledge there arose the industrial experts, engineers, technicians, who progressively took over the industrial functions of the captain of industry and left him free to devote his attention to business alone.

The giants may not have been nice, but they had faces and human traits. From and after Adam Smith’s date last quarter of the eighteenth century a new era sets in in industry and business. Marion Levy writes in his introduction about the phrase “absentee ownership” and how it has a definite connotation, representing a dark figure in the economic system, a frustration of desired levels of self-sufficiency.


Such is the state of the case in detail in those lines of production where the mechanical industry has already taken effect in a passably complete degree. Even within the mechanical industries the displacement of businesslike laymen by competent technicians has not yet gone so far as to vest full discretion in the technical experts, even in the conduct of mechanical details.

Though he is an outsider with a deciding vote ownerhip what goes on inside. It could scarcely be necessary to trace the course of his disguises and mutations from that point on, through the succeeding half-century of projects, promotions, and corporation finance that has eventually given rise to the captain of solvency, investment-banker, and corporation executive of the twentieth century.

They were matters which any intelligent layman could understand and turn to account on a footing of workday information helped out by some slight touch of special experience, of the nature of an informal apprenticeship. World War I, veblem Veblen, arose out of a conflict of absentee interests and the peace was negotiated with a view to stabilize them.

Andrew marked it as to-read Dec 13, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Return to Book Page. But by insensible process of growth all these ceblen of technological use and wont took on a more exacting character, such as gradually to take them out of the untrained reach of businesslike laymen, however ingenious and intelligent, and thereby gave rise to a new factor of production, the technicians, engineers, experts, men grounded in the material sciences and instructed in the specialised application of them.

The like is true for the ownership of the materials employed and of the finished product. Kevin marked it as to-read Sep 12, With the advance of specialisation and division of labor the equipment required for carrying on any given line of work presently became larger than what a workman could ordinarily provide out of his own work as he went along, at the same time that the equipment took more and more of absentre character of a “plant” designed for the joint use of a number of workmen.

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