Business Leadership and its Ethics - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
In the modern world, business leadership mainly takes places in corporations. Less than five centuries old, business corporations are relatively new organizations in human history. Despite their historical newness, many people think of business corporations almost as part of the natural world, as if they had always been there. In this view, corporations are more or less synonymous with business and entitled to just as much freedom as an individual tradesman or shopkeeper.To others, large business corporations are monstrous social creations and altogether different from individual human beings. To these critics - call them radical anti-corporatists - the corporation has such immense competitive advantages over individual proprietors that they are potential instruments of oppression. The political and economic power of large corporations should therefore be severely limited. (fragment of text)
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