Wedgwood

Wedgwood

The First Tycoon

Book - 2004
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Born into a family of struggling poetters, Josiah Wedgwood amassed a fortune that, at his death in 1795, was valued at the equivalent of $3.4 billion in today's dollars and helmed an empire that stretched from England to Russia to the United States. As a member of the famous Lunar Society, whose members included James Watt, Joseph Priestley, and Erasmus Darwin, he combined rationality with bold experimentation, revolutionizing the business model of his time with a series of innovations that have continued to this day: - Organizing skilled labor in one of the world's earliest factories- Encouraging employee loyalty by offering long-term contracts that included health insurance and pension plants- Changing the very notion of shopping by utilizing showrooms and traveling salesmen
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2004
ISBN: 0670033464
Branch Call Number: B WEDGWOOD
Characteristics: xvii, 396 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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