Analysis Of Milton Friedman's Goal Of The Firm

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Today’s 21st century has brought forth many changes, both positive and negative, as well as, an extremely diverse society whose different needs and wants must be met. Therefore, in an attempt to sustain a balance and comprehend today’s challenges, society as well as, businesses tend to adopt and incorporate certain methods, systems, and theories. As a matter of fact, in the past, the Milton Friedman’s theory of corporate social responsibility was adopted and very influential (Friedman, 1962). The Milton Friedman’s theory stated that the obligation of a business was to maximize its profits, and that business executives had a responsibility to their shareholders rather than to the greater good of society (Friedman, 1962). However, since things and people have evolved throughout the years, the perception of Milton Friedman’s theory has been impacted. Therefore, in this paper, one will further discuss the Milton Friedman Goal of the Firm, its relevancy as it applies to apprehending the purpose of a business in society, and whether or not the government or society portrays a role in expanding the Friedman discussion. The Goal of the Firm
In today’s society, how a business operates and how it conducts its organization and affairs is extremely important. Especially, since today’s society is extremely diverse and tends to have its various wants
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For instance, if the government’s power is dispersed and its involvement in the market is limited, then more freedom is exercised, thus, allowing for the preservation of a free society. Nonetheless, despite Friedman’s belief, today’s government intervenes in the fields of licensing and supplying of social services, as well as, certain monetary matters. Therefore, the government of the 21st century has advanced and become more involved in the market than previous generations. Not to mention, that it has acquired more power and control over the
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