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date: 22 October 2020

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This article discusses Alfred Chandler’s intellectual journey, in which he dedicated himself to understanding the role of management in developing and utilizing productive resources. During the first part of that journey, from the 1950s through the 1980s, Chandler viewed the role of management almost entirely in terms of the of productive resources, as evidenced in and . During the 1980s, as Chandler wrote , his attention shifted from the utilization to the development of productive resources. He delved into organization and competition in the consumer electronics, computers, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals industries. An understanding of the dynamics of industrial capitalism requires, as Chandler ultimately showed, a theoretical analysis of the role of management in ensuring both the development and utilization of productive resources. This dual focus is important for business strategy, organizational structure, and industrial finance.

Keywords: Alfred Chandler, developing productive resources, industrial capitalism, industrial finance, Strategy and Structure, utilizing productive resources, Visible Hand

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