Internationality within Business Elites and National Elite Educational Institutions

  • Michael Hartmann


The increasing global nature of the world economy has raised the question of how “international” our elites are becoming. To date, the focus of sociological enquiry has been on the business elite, yet the role played by key elite educational institutions in their creation has not been much studied. This chapter examines this question by drawing on the classical theoretical approaches of Weber and Bourdieu and using a quantitative analysis of the national and international composition of the CEOs of the 1000 largest companies in the world (especially in Germany, the UK, France, China, Japan and the USA). The results demonstrate that for the most part elite universities educate a national elite rather than a transnational business elite.


Global economy Business elites Elite universities International comparison Chief executive officers 


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  • Michael Hartmann
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  1. 1.TU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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