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  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (17 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131873555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131873551
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 3.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,465,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All the information you need about the issues that affect business today...

The Fourth Edition is a thoroughly updated version of David Baron's best-selling Business and Its Environment. The book considers a set of important business issues involving the public and government and emphasizes strategies for effectively and responsibly addressing those issues. The conceptual frameworks presented give the reader a deeper understanding of the environment of business and a solid foundation for strategy formulation. The approach taken is managerial in both subject matter and in the 73 cases in the book. The Fourth Edition includes:

  • a new chapter on information industries and the Internet
  • a new chapter on law and markets, including intellectual property protection, contracts, and torts
  • chapters on China, the European Union, and Japan
  • cases on environmental protection, pharmaceuticals, information technology, the Internet, international trade, ethics, corporate social responsibility, the public and the news media, interest group competition, and antitrust and regulation
  • 20 new cases on companies including Enron, Microsoft, eBay, Citigroup, Schering-Plough, British Petroleum, and DoubleClick.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David P. Baron is the David S. and Ann M. Barlow professor of political economy and strategy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He has been a professor at Northwestern University and a visiting professor at Harvard University and universities in France and Belgium. An active researcher and writer, he serves on the board of, editors of Business and Politics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and a member of the American Economic Association and the American Political Science Association.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
hey, i have got this book for a while and its not for someone who wasn't born in english speaking country, senteces are 5 lines long with words which I cant even find in the dictionary or google translate... I needed it for one of my courses and what i can say now, it sucks. too complicated, i am wonder if someone who is english would not have problem with it. format of the book is again very bad, long sections... really baron have to be someone who does not realise that students will be using these book...
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This is a recommended book for a degree in Business Studies. It was delivered quickly and a bargain price. Currently in the process of reading it. Thank you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
New Edition is Better 4 Dec. 2005
By John P Bernat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is a new edition (the fifth) for this book, and it is better than the edition shown here. While avoiding a polemical view, Baron illustrates business ethical priciples with very poignant examples and stories. The case studies are very up to date and fun to read. More than that, though, the case studies can form a basis for classroom debate and discussion which not only brings the material to life but also promotes critical thinking and articulation among students.

I liked it very much, and recommend it highly.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Pretty Easy Reading 29 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've read a good chunk of this book during a B-school elective on non-market strategies, and found it imparted some valuable information. It's not very prescriptive if that's what you're looking for. But it made me feel like I got something out of the class despite an unstellar professor.
Very dry reading 9 Jun. 2013
By S. Crossman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My class relies heavily on the book, but it's really not the best textbook I've ever read. The chapters are very dry. The cases are well thought out though.
Great Book 2 Dec. 2013
By yasir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Its a great book regarding organizational management practices plus I did not have any problems with the order. Loved it.
Five Stars 22 Feb. 2015
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great price and great condition. It was a bargain.
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