This corporate history of BASF offers a view of the functioning of an industrial organization that has managed to thrive and expand since 1865. Moreover, it reveals much about the reasons for the extraordinary ecomic dynamics of the German empire and the ermous expansion of the world ecomy before World War I. It permits the probing of the origins and spread of the kwledge society, in which science and research-based invation have become the key determinants of ecomic growth and social development. Accordingly, BASF's history developed at the core of Germany's wartime ecomy during both world wars and highlights its strengths as well as its weaknesses.
Jeffrey Allan Johnson, Raymond G. Stokes, Werner Abelshauser, Wolfgang von Hippel