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 to ensure 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 work of 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 the level 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.
... Kristine Bruland and Patrick O'Brien, have brought together an impressive team of contributors, who effectively reflect on the breadth and depth of scholarship of their mentor.../ Those who have admired and benefitted from Peter Mathias's work will come to this IfestschriftI with high expectations and they will not be disappointed. Individually and collectively they provide a fine set of studies which Peter Mathias would himself have been pleased to write./ Tony Slaven, University of Glasgow, Scandinavian Economic History Review, Vol 47, no 1, 1999 '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 ordering for use in teaching and research.'- Business History (A Frank Cass Journal)by Mary Rose 18/04/99
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.4 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.77