Trade in Yours
For a £0.51 Gift Card
Trade in
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

A Country Is Not a Company (Harvard Business Review Classics) [Paperback]

Paul Krugman
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.

Trade In this Item for up to £0.51
Trade in A Country Is Not a Company (Harvard Business Review Classics) for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.51, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

1 Dec 2009 Harvard Business Review Classics
Nobel-Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman argues that business leaders need to understand the differences between economic policy on the national and international scale and business strategy on the organizational scale. Economists deal with the closed system of a national economy, whereas executives live in the open-system world of business. Moreover, economists know that an economy must be run on the basis of general principles, but businesspeople are forever in search of the particular brilliant strategy. Krugman's article serves to elucidate the world of economics for businesspeople who are so close to it and yet are continually frustrated by what they see.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press (1 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422133400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422133408
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 10.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Krugman writes a twice-weekly column for the op-ed page of the New York Times. A winner of the John Bates Clark Medal who was also named Columnist of the Year by Editor and Publisher magazine, he teaches economics at Princeton University.

Product Description

About the Author

Paul Krugman is a op-ed columnist for the The New York Times a professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2008.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small can be beautiful 16 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is more of an essay than a book; but it is a very well argued and accurate thought provoking piece that achieves its goal of shattering the illusion that countries are analogous to companies.

Despite the specialist nature of the topic, it is also very accessible and someone with even the most basic financial knowledge will be able to understand the arguments.

Despite being very expensive for the numbers of words and pages, it still represents excellent value! That said, if you have access to an academic library, you'll be able to dig it up for free in the physical or on-line archives of the Harvard Business Review!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise 19 Jan 2010
A Country is not a Company is the kind of provocative book that makes you think again.
Most of its stuff goes against your common sense, but when you work it up, it makes sense. It makes economic sense, although not always «no-nonsense sense».
It is a very small booklet, really more of an essay; you can read in one hour. If economics interests you, it is a well spent one hour.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a brief essay - 5,000 words, formatted for easy reading - by the Nobel-winning economist. It originally appeared in the Harvard Business Review in 1996, but the passage of time has not dated it.

In brief, Krugman's argument is that expertise in business does not translate into expertise in the government of a national - or, by implicit extension, a global - economy. His argument hinges on characterising businesses as open systems and economies as closed systems, and the body of knowledge necessary to understand the latter as significantly more technical and complex than the skills required to prosper in the former.

Krugman's argument is persuasive. This little book - postcard sized, and 55 pages rather than the advertised 64, of which only 50 constitute the article itself - should be required reading for British politicians hypnotised by the rhetoric of charismatic businessmen - and perhaps for businessmen overconfident that mastery of a successful company will give them automatic insight into matters of national finance and economic strategy.

It has to be said that I found the book poor value for money even at the discounted price - it took me less than forty minutes to read. Compare, for example, Penguin's publication of Tyler Cowan's The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History,Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better:A Penguin eSpecial from Dutton - similar quality, three times the length yet barely half the price.

My four star rating is therefore a compromise between five stars for content and three for presentation.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Says it all in the title. Some economic concepts, but the gist is clear after reading this short manuscript: countries are open systems and cannot be run like businesses (closed systems). It's explained in the book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category