The Performance of European Business in the Twentieth Century

Hardcover | August 20, 2016

EditorYoussef Cassis, Andrea Colli, Harm Schroter

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This book originated from the idea that performance is what really matters in business and thus in business history. Yet, surprisingly, the analysis of performances has been neglected by economic and business historians. This book is a first attempt to fill this gap and in doing so provides atotally new approach to European business history.Rather than bringing together national studies, it is based on a single database, measuring performance in eight European countries according to identical criteria. The study spans the entire twentieth century, with particular attention to five benchmark moments: the height of the firstglobalisation on the eve of the First World War; the late 1920s boom preceding the Great Depression; the European reconstruction of the mid-1950s; the end of "Golden Age" in the early 1970s; and the height of the second globalisation at the turn of the twenty-first century. The analysis is based ona sample of 1,225 companies, belonging to the three major European economies, Britain, France and Germany; two large south European latecomers, Italy and Spain; two smaller north western countries, Belgium and Sweden, and one small Nordic country, Finland. Performance has been measured using tworatios of profitability: return on equity (ROE) and holding return (HR), thus providing a complementary measure of profitability, the former as seen from the firm's perspective, the latter form the investor's perspective. The book's findings, at times surprising, at once confirm and infirm widely held assumptions regarding business performance - regarding strategy and structure, ownership and control, old and new industries, emerging and advanced economies.

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This book originated from the idea that performance is what really matters in business and thus in business history. Yet, surprisingly, the analysis of performances has been neglected by economic and business historians. This book is a first attempt to fill this gap and in doing so provides atotally new approach to European business hi...

Youssef Cassis is Professor of Economic History at the European University Institute, Florence. He was previously Professor of Economic History at the University of Geneva (2004-2010) and at the University Pierre Mendes France, Grenoble (1997-04). He has held visiting professorships at the Cass Business School, the Graduate Institute i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198749775

ISBN - 13:9780198749776

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Franco Amatori: ForewordPart I: Overview and methodology1. Youssef Cassis, Andrea Colli and Harm G. Schroter: The Performance of European Business in the 20th Century: General Overview2. Michele D'Alessandro: Methodology and Traps3. Andrea Colli: Ownership and Performance in European Big Business: The Longitudinal PerspectivePart II: Countries' Performance4. Frans Buelens, Ludo Cuyvers, Marc Deloof, and Helma De Smedt: The Performance of Belgian Enterprises in the 20th century5. Youssef Cassis and Terry Gourvish: The Performance of British Business in the 20th Century6. Youssef Cassis, Anne Dalmasso, and Pierre Vernus: The Performance of French Business in the 20th Century7. Diane Dammers and Hendrik Fischer: The Performance of German Big Business in the 20th Century8. Carlo Brambilla and Andrea Colli: Big Business Performance in the 20th Century: Italy9. Veronica Binda, Albert Carreras, and Xavier Tafunell: Spanish Business Performance in the 20th century10. Riitta Hjerppe and Mats Larsson: Growth and Profits in Swedish and Finnish Big Business in the Twentieth CenturyPart III: Industries' Performance11. Toni Pierenkemper, Helma De Smedt, Frans Buelens Ludo Cuyvers, and Marc Deloof: Old Industries in Europe, 1911-200012. Harm G. Schroter: The Performance of 'Chandlerian enterprises'13. Anna-Maria Aubanell and Terry Gourvish: The Performance of European Transport and Utilities in the Twentieth Century14. Mats Larsson, Edoardo Altamura, and Youssef Cassis: Commercial and Financial Services