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The Infinite Times of Alphabet


Part of Business, Value Creation, and Society

  • Date Published: April 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428026

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  • When the scale and scope of influence that a corporation wields is so great that it eclipses that of nearly all other corporations combined, it attains megacorporate status. Whelan proposes that, amongst the current big tech cohort, it is only Alphabet, the parent company of Google, that can be categorized as such. In advancing a novel philosophical perspective, and aspiring to an amoral ideal of analysis, Whelan reveals Alphabet's activities to be informed by the ideology of infinite times, consequently transforming how we experience the past, present and the future at personal and social levels. By shining a light on such corporate existential impacts, Megacorporation: The Infinite Times of Alphabet opens up a new field of research that makes the philosophical analysis of business and society an everyday concern. This novel study on corporate social influence will appeal to readers interested in big tech, business and society, political economy and organization studies.

    • Conceives the novel concept of megacorporation
    • Introduces the innovative ideology of infinite times
    • Advances a philosophical perspective on business, organizations and society
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Glen Whelan's book, Megacorporation, offers a unique and compelling critique on the way our lives are captured and framed by megacorporations with their vast reach and their insatiable quest for our data.' Kirsten Martin, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of Technology Ethics, University of Notre Dame  

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428026
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Birth of a Megacorporation:
    2. Megacorporations
    3. Alphabet
    Part II. Shaping our Pasts and Futures:
    4. Personal pasts
    5. Social pasts
    6. Personal futures
    7. Social futures
    Part III. Megadeath:
    8. A finite ideology
    9. Immediate threats.

  • Author

    Glen Whelan, McGill University, Montréal
    Glen Whelan is Course Lecturer at McGill University. His work focuses on the social influence of corporations, and of high-tech corporations in particular. He regularly publishes in journals such as Business and Society, Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Business Ethics.

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