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KruppA History of the Legendary German Firm$
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Harold James

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153407

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153407.001.0001

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Alfred Krupp

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Harold James

Princeton University Press

This chapter sketches a portrait of Alfred Krupp. It describes how Alfred Krupp perfectly fits the mold of the heroic entrepreneur. Profoundly skeptical of joint-stock companies, banks, and capitalism in general, but also of big-scale science and modern research methods, he was a genius at extending to its utmost limits the possibilities of the craft entrepreneur. He developed an extraordinarily successful business model that allowed the principles of the small workshop to be extended on a gigantic and global scale. Moreover, the chapter credits him with a social philosophy which eventually created a community of Kruppianer, workers bound to the enterprise and the community by pride in the product of their labor.

Keywords:   Alfred Krupp, entrepreneur, Kruppianer, work ethics, social philosophy, business development, German Empire

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