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Between Monopoly and Free TradeThe English East India Company, 1600-1757$
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Emily Erikson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159065

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159065.001.0001

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The European Trade with the East Indies

The European Trade with the East Indies

(p.51) Chapter 3 The European Trade with the East Indies
Between Monopoly and Free Trade

Emily Erikson

Princeton University Press

This chapter undertakes a comparative analysis of the organizational characteristics of the English East India Company, highlighting the firm's record of sustained innovation through the incorporation of new markets, and the extent to which this may be explained by the degree of militarization in the Company, relations with the state, and the management of employees' private trade. While setting up a comparative argument for why individual-level trading decisions (associated with the private trade) are important to understanding the differences between the English and other East India companies, this chapter also provides the organizational background necessary to understanding why employees of the English Company would engage in certain patterns of behavior.

Keywords:   comparative analysis, organizational characteristics, new markets, militarization, private trade, trading decisions, other East India companies, organizational background

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