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My last article reviewed the development of return on investment (ROI) by Donaldson Brown and its rapid adoption by DuPont as its primary financial measure. As a young treasurer, Brown was challenged with not only improving understanding of the new concept by the company’s Executive Committee bu
My research at Hagley (supported by a research grant) aimed at finding if/how large American industrial corporations influenced the transformation of the international financial regime, catalyzing the rise of global finance during the past several decades.
The concept of return on investment (ROI) is one that is heard every day in the business world. Intuitively, the idea seems straightforward enough…if a firm wants to invest money into a project or product, then it should generate income or reduce costs that will benefit the firm over time.