The European Enterprise

Historical Investigation into a Future Species

  • Harm G. Schröter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. General

  3. Impact of Brussels

  4. Europe as an Aim and as a Tool

  5. European Business or Business in Europe?

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281

About this book


What is Europe's impact on enterprises? 150 years ago, the emergence of nation-states created the national enterprise. After 50 years of European integration - is there a European firm distinct from the national firm?

The book provides an assessment of the barriers to and prospects for this emerging species. Can it be claimed a major political failure of the EU not to have created an institution promoting European identity at the level of enterprise? The contributors look for European convergence at all levels of the economy - firm, branch, state, and EU. They stress various points of view, using diverse methods, and propose different measures. The overall result is an evaluation of the future potential of this new type of enterprise. Though in its infancy, the European enterprise has the power to change both the perception and the actual face of Europe.


European Integration European Union (EU) European enterprise European identity Institution Integration Policy economic policy economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Harm G. Schröter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-74036-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-74038-4
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