The East India Company: The first modern multinational?

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The East India Company can lay claim to being the world's first company whose operations involved systematic organization of multiple countries. It was a pioneer and innovator: It was one of the first companies to offer limited liability to its shareholders; it laid the foundations of the British empire; it spawned Company Man; it developed its own 'university'. It was a trader, merchant, mercenary, military force and civil administrator; a pioneer bureaucracy as well as being a lean operation. Using an analytic lens drawn from contemporary discussion on MNCs the article reviews the role of the East India Company over its life and draws parallels with contemporary MNCs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporations and organization theory
Subtitle of host publicationPost Millennium perspectives
EditorsChristoph Dörrenbächer, Mike Geppert
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781786353856
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Print)0733-558X


  • East India Company
  • history
  • multinationals
  • politics
  • power


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