From Family Firms to Corporate Capitalism: Essays in Business and Industrial History in Honour of…

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

EditorKristine Bruland, Patrick OBrien

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What explains the growth of a business, and more broadly the development or decline of a whole economy? What role do particular entrepreneursor indeed a culture of entrepreneurship play? Does the evidence suggest that a particular structure or organizational form was or should be adopted toensure best practice and commercial success? These fundamental questions have long pre-occupied business and economic historians. With the current expansion of business and management education and training, the investigations and findings of the historian may have wider significance and relevance. This volume has been stimulated by the workof Peter Mathiasone of the leading figures in this field in the post-war period. Here a number of his former studentsmany now internationally distinguished historianspay tribute in a book that explores the move from family firms to corporate capitalism. In a series of chapters they explore at thelevel of the firm the myriad of micro decisions that ultimately help to explain the overall performance of industries, sectors, and national economies as they evolve through time. The contributors argue that sustained growth has never been a matter of a few spectacular technical breakthroughs. Instead it rest on subtle economic and social transformations - in cultures, in economic organizations, and in the roles of science and technology.

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What explains the growth of a business, and more broadly the development or decline of a whole economy? What role do particular entrepreneursor indeed a culture of entrepreneurship play? Does the evidence suggest that a particular structure or organizational form was or should be adopted toensure best practice and commercial success? ...

Kristine Bruland is at University of Oslo. Patrick O'Brien is a Director of the Institute of Historical Research and Professor of Economic History at the University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:388 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198290462

ISBN - 13:9780198290469

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Kristine Bruland: IntroductionPart I. Industry and Business in the Age of the Industrial Revolution1. Maxine Berg: Inventors of the World of Goods2. Marguerite Dupree: Firm, Family, and Community: Managerial and Household Strategies in the Staffordshire Potteries in the Mid-Nineteenth Century3. Joyce Ellis: Risk, Capital, and Credit on Tyneside, circa 1690-17804. Beverly Lemire: Petty Pawns and Informal Lending: Gender and the Transformation of Small-Scale Credit in England, circa 1600-18005. Kenneth Morgan: Sugar Refining in Bristol6. Edmund Newell: `The Irremediable Evil': British Copper Smelters' Collusion and the Cornish Mining Industry, 1725-1865 7. Fiona Wood: Fuelling the Local Economy: the Fenland Coal Trade, 1760-1850Part II. The Era of Corporate Capitalism8. Kristine Bruland: The Babcock and Wilson Company: Strategic Alliance, Technology Development, and Enterprise Control, circa 1860-19009. David Cannadine: Joseph Gillot and his Family Firm: the Many Faces of Entrepreneurship10. Brian Harrison: Incomes Policies in Britain since 1940: A Study in Political Economy11. Heita Kawakatsu: The Lancashire Cotton Industry and its Rivals12. Avner Offer: The American Automobile Frenzy of the 1950s

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'While nearly all chapters are good, the contributers of Berg, Lemire, Bruland and Offer stand out. Doubtless Peter Mathias will be pleased with this festschrift, which is a fitting tribute to his achievements as a scholar and teacher. Unlike some festschrifts, this one is also worth orderingfor use in teaching and research.'- Business History (A Frank Cass Journal)by Mary Rose 18/04/99