Business Ownership and Organisation

  • Michael Aldous
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


Understanding the relationship between the way business is owned and organised is crucial due to its effect on the performance of firms and economies. Optimising the form of ownership and organisation can increase the scale and scope of operations, while improving productivity, efficiency and the capacity for innovation. This chapter discusses the importance of the corporation, or the joint-stock company, in historical perspective.

JEL Classification

D82 G34 L20 L21 L24 N50 N70 N80 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Aldous
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  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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