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From Family Firms to Corporate Capitalism : Essays in Business and Industrial History in Honour of Peter Mathias - Kristine Bruland

From Family Firms to Corporate Capitalism

Essays in Business and Industrial History in Honour of Peter Mathias

By: Kristine Bruland (Editor), Patrick O'Brien (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780198290469
Number Of Pages: 388

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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 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

Kristine Bruland: Introduction Part I. Industry and Business in the Age of the Industrial Revolution 1: Maxine Berg: Inventors of the World of Goods 2: Marguerite Dupree: Firm, Family, and Community: Managerial and Household Strategies in the Staffordshire Potteries in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 3: Joyce Ellis: Risk, Capital, and Credit on Tyneside, circa 1690-1780 4: Beverly Lemire: Petty Pawns and Informal Lending: Gender and the Transformation of Small-Scale Credit in England, circa 1600-1800 5: Kenneth Morgan: Sugar Refining in Bristol 6: 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, 1760-1850 Part II. The Era of Corporate Capitalism 8: Kristine Bruland: The Babcock & Wilson Company: Strategic Alliance, Technology Development, and Enterprise Control, circa 1860-1900 9: David Cannadine: Joseph Gillot and his Family Firm: the Many Faces of Entrepreneurship 10: Brian Harrison: Incomes Policies in Britain since 1940: A Study in Political Economy 11: Heita Kawakatsu: The Lancashire Cotton Industry and its Rivals 12: Avner Offer: The American Automobile Frenzy of the 1950s

ISBN: 9780198290469
ISBN-10: 0198290462
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
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