This is the first textbook that comprehensively covers the three centuries of British business history from 1720 to the present day. Wilson argues that company culture has been the most important component in the evolution of business organisations and management practices. The influence of business culture on firms' structure, sources of finance, and the background and training of senior managers is investigated to show its pivotal importance in determining business performance.
Part 1 Business history - an introduction: aims and definitions; the Harvard school; modelling business evolution; business history and economic theory; conclusion. Part 2 The emergence of modern business, 1720-1870: meeting the organisational challenges; operational management - labour recruitment and control; the utilities and professional management; business and long-term finance; liquidity and the financial environment; British business by mid-century. Part 3 Big business abroad up to 1914: American managerial capitalism; the German case - "Co-operative Managerial Capitalism"?; Japanese business and the collective ideal; a typology for large-scale business. Part 4 British industrial capitalism under pressure, 1870-1914: the market-cum-technological environment; attitudes towards combination; a reawakening?; the business culture and its managerial impact; business finance up to 1914; British business by 1914. Part 5 Rationalisation and corporatism, 1914-1945: business abroad and the multidivisional; the "Rationalisation Movement", mergers and the business culture; "Scientific Management" and British workshop practices; the rise of a corporate economy; business by the 1940s. Part 6 Managerial capitalism - evolution and impact, 1945-94: "Finance Capital" and relations with the city; mergers, take-over bids and managerial capitalism; the dynamics of British managerial capitalism; a "Managerial Revolution"?; business into the 1990s.
Series: Pseudepigrapha Series; 13
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th August 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.49