Corporate Forms and Organisational Choice in International Insurance by Robin PearsonCorporate Forms and Organisational Choice in International Insurance by Robin Pearson

Corporate Forms and Organisational Choice in International Insurance

EditorRobin Pearson, Takau Yoneyama

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Given the infinite variety of risks throughout history, it is perhaps unsurprising that insurance - the world's primary risk mitigation industry - developed a wide range of organisational forms by which it was delivered. Yet we know little about how and why different forms were chosen in thepast, or why they survived or disappeared.This book is the first to examine the development of multiple organisational forms in insurance from an historical and international comparative context, and to relate historical analysis to modern organisational theory. Thirteen chapters cover eight major markets, US, UK, Germany, Japan, Spain,Sweden, Australia, South Africa, which together account for over half of all world insurance today. Each chapter is authored by an expert in their field, and several include new datasets. Major themes covered are the variety, choice, governance and regulation of organisational forms in insurance,the experience of mutual insurance in frontier economies and uncertain political environments, the long-run business performance of different organisational forms, and the problems surrounding the demutualization of modern insurance companies. The book suggests the need for important revisions to current organisational theory, and it highlights several explanatory factors that have received little attention from scholars. These include the importance of regulation and the role of the state in shaping the organisational landscape ofinsurance at different times and places; the role of entrepreneurship in organisational choice; the utility of organisational forms as a risk management device, and the significance of cultural preferences in the selection of organisational forms.
Robin Pearson is Professor of Economic History at the University of Hull, UK. He has published widely on British and international economic and business history, with a particular focus on the insurance industry. His first book, Insuring the Industrial Revolution: Fire Insurance and the British Economy, 1700-1850, won the 2004 Wadswor...
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Title:Corporate Forms and Organisational Choice in International InsuranceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Robin Pearson and Takau Yoneyama: Corporate Forms and Organisational Choice in International Insurance: An Overview of the History and TheoryPart I: The Variety, Choice, Governance and Regulation of Organisational Forms2. Takau Yoneyama: Tsuneta Yano, Founder of the First Mutual Company in Japan: Was he an Obstinate Mutualist?3. Robin Pearson and Helen Doe: Organisational Choice in UK Marine Insurance4. Hisaaki Kamiya: Risk Management by Mitsubishi: From Self-Insurance to Captive Insurance5. Mats Larsson and Mikael Lonnborg: The Survival and Success of Swedish Mutual Insurers6. Robin Pearson: Organisational Forms in Insurance: A Comparison of the USA and Germany During IndustrialisationPart II: Mutual Insurance Organisations in Uncertain Environments7. Grietjie Verhoef: The World Insured South Africa: Early Insurance Activities of Insurance Companies in South Africa, 1820-19108. Monica Keneley: Business Strategies Under Conditions of Uncertainty: The Rise of Mutual Life Insurers in Colonial Australia9. Jeronia Pons Pons: Support for Mutual Insurance Companies During the Franco Dictatorship (1939-1975)Part III: The Performance of Different Organisational Forms10. Yingying Jiang: The Development of the Mutual Form and its Influence on the Life Insurance Industry: Evidence from Japan During the Period 1881 to 193511. Magnus Lindmark and Lars Fredrik Andersson: Growth Performance and Organisational Forms: The Case of Swedish Life Insurance 1890 to 1950Part IV: Demutualization12. Natsuki Kinoshita: An Attempt by a Black Mutual Life Insurance Company to Demutualize: The Case of Golden State Mutual of Los Angeles13. Leonardo Caruana de las Cagigas: The Insurance Demutualization Process Develops in Spain with Mapfre