The British Motor Industry, 1945-94: A Case Study in Industrial Decline

Hardcover | February 1, 1999

byTimothy Whisler

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A fascinating and well-researched look at the British motor industry which will appeal to both academic readers and practitioners alike. Why are there now no major car manufacturers in Britain? Whisler considers this and the surrounding issues, making valuable comparisons with overseasmanufacturers operating both in the UK and abroad, which provide us with additional interest and insight. Based upon careful use of company archives, this book covers in particular the issues of product development, quality, design, and range, ensuring that The British Motor Industry is destined tomake a distinctive contribution to our understanding of the performance of UK manufacturers.

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A fascinating and well-researched look at the British motor industry which will appeal to both academic readers and practitioners alike. Why are there now no major car manufacturers in Britain? Whisler considers this and the surrounding issues, making valuable comparisons with overseasmanufacturers operating both in the UK and abroad, ...

Dr Timothy Whisler is in the Department of History at Saint Francis College, Loretto, Pennsylvania. He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and has contributed to many books and journals on the subject of the motor industry, including Wada and Shiomi, Fordism Transfomed (OUP, 1995).
Format:HardcoverPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198290748

ISBN - 13:9780198290742

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reconversion: confirming the inter-war course2. Corporate Structure and Management Strategy: decision making and path dependence, 1945-683. British Leyland and Chrysler UK: lock-in, path overlap, and dysfunction4. The Final Stage in the Indigenous Path: British Leyland under Edwardes, 1977-95. Design and Development: the practical man and the myth of engineering excellence6. British Production Methods: the evolution of flexibility and failure of Fordism7. Distribution Structures: dealers, agents, and self-interest8. Domestic and Export Markets: demand, differentiation, and product characteristics9. Product Quality and Reliability: the silver British lemon10. U-Turn, New Path, or Market Failure? 1979-94Conclusion

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"The British Motor Industry is a welcome addition to the now voluminous literature on the motor industry in the UK." "Dissecting and synthesizing the troubled history of the British motor industry is not an easy task, and Whisler is to be congratulated for taking this on and for producing awealth of detailed analysis which makes an important contribution to the literature." Susan Bowden, University of Sheffield, EH.NET and H-Business, April 2000