Tyranny of the Bottom Line

Tyranny of the Bottom Line

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Estes, Ralph Berrett-Kohler, 1996
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The manner in which America’s corporate system works today has at last called into question the corporation’s silent domination over much of society. Although most concede that business needs to make a profit, questions are arising as to how much profit, for whom, what counts as profit and what does not. Tyranny of the Bottom Line answers these questions by tracing the history of the corporation and showing how the original purpose has been systematically perverted through an unbalanced focus on profit-and-loss. This is not, however, an attack on the corporate form of business, nor an assault on corporate managers, but an attack on the abusive behavior that is driven by the Tyranny of the Bottom Line.