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Management and Business in Britain and France : The Age of the Corporate Economy - Youssef Cassis

Management and Business in Britain and France

The Age of the Corporate Economy

By: Youssef Cassis (Editor), François Crouzet (Editor), Terry Gourvish (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th November 1996
ISBN: 9780198289401
Number Of Pages: 254

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For generations, the uneasy relationship between Britain and France has captured the popular and scholarly imagination. Comparative studies between the two countries abound, from political systems to eating habits: so far they have not extended to business history.
There is now growing interest in comparative business systems, practices, and performance. In these areas comparison with America, Germany, or Japan have taken precedence. This volume, with contributions from leading British and French experts, explores comparative developments and trends in the two countries which for so long were the guiding lights of Europe and the world. In particular it looks at three main dimensions - the family firm; education and training; and mergers and company structure.
With a mixture of case-studies, sectoral analysis, and wider-ranging comparison, the book will be a useful addition to an understanding of the evolution of business organization, competitiveness, and performance.

Industry Reviews

`Each of the chapters makes a worthwhile contribution to its chosen subject ... Those with an interest in British or French business history will find much of interest here.' Economic History Review `The main value of this volume to economic and business historians will be as a source of examples.' Business History `This is a useful volume which adds substantially to our knowledge of British and French business history in the century to 1980.' The Historical Association an excellent survey of the compariative history of business enterprise in Britain and France from the late 1800s to the 1980s...a useful and readable set of essays for those interested in the business and economic histories of Britain and France. - John Nye. The Journal of Economic History.

Prefacep. v
List of Contributorsp. xii
Divergence and Convergence in British and French Business in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuriesp. 1
The Family Firmp. 29
Ownership, Organization, and Management: British Business and the Branded Consumer Goods Industriesp. 31
Mass Retailing: a Last Chance for the Family Firm in France, 1945-90?p. 52
Christofle: a Family Firmp. 72
Standard Motors 1945-55 and the Post-War Malaise of British Managementp. 88
Education and Trainingp. 109
French Influences on Technical and Managerial Education in England, 1870-1940p. 111
From Inheritors to Managers: the École Des Hautes Études Commerciales and Business Firmsp. 128
Training Electrical Engineers in France, 1880-1939p. 147
Engineers in the Boardroom: Britain and France Comparedp. 159
Mergers and Survivalsp. 169
An Impossible Merger? the French Chemical Industry in the 1920sp. 171
Mergers and the Transformation of the British Brewing Industry, 1914-80p. 191
Paribas and the Rationalization of the French Electricity Industry, 1900-30p. 204
Big Business in Britain and France, 1890-1990p. 214
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780198289401
ISBN-10: 0198289405
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 9th November 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55