The Schumpeterian shock at General Motors in the 1920’s

Seth W. Norton (Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA)

Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

ISSN: 2045-2101

Publication date: 4 December 2018



The purpose of this paper is to examine the link between Joseph Schumpeter’s economics and the rise of General Motors (GM).


The paper uses regression analysis and time series analysis of market synchronization.


There is a strong link between GM rise to dominance of the domestic automobile industry and nuanced features of Schumpeterian economics.

Research limitations/implications

The paper furthers the examination of the role of information economics on marketing channel performance.

Practical implications

Information helps in production decisions by synchronizing production with consumer demand.

Social implications

Economic efficiency enhances the human welfare for better forecasting, lower inventories and greater profits.


This topic has been explored before but methodology used in this paper is innovative. The paper uses Granger causality.



Seth W. Norton (2018) "The Schumpeterian shock at General Motors in the 1920’s", Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 320-335

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