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.
`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.
|List of Contributors||p. xii|
|Divergence and Convergence in British and French Business in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries||p. 1|
|The Family Firm||p. 29|
|Ownership, Organization, and Management: British Business and the Branded Consumer Goods Industries||p. 31|
|Mass Retailing: a Last Chance for the Family Firm in France, 1945-90?||p. 52|
|Christofle: a Family Firm||p. 72|
|Standard Motors 1945-55 and the Post-War Malaise of British Management||p. 88|
|Education and Training||p. 109|
|French Influences on Technical and Managerial Education in England, 1870-1940||p. 111|
|From Inheritors to Managers: the École Des Hautes Études Commerciales and Business Firms||p. 128|
|Training Electrical Engineers in France, 1880-1939||p. 147|
|Engineers in the Boardroom: Britain and France Compared||p. 159|
|Mergers and Survivals||p. 169|
|An Impossible Merger? the French Chemical Industry in the 1920s||p. 171|
|Mergers and the Transformation of the British Brewing Industry, 1914-80||p. 191|
|Paribas and the Rationalization of the French Electricity Industry, 1900-30||p. 204|
|Big Business in Britain and France, 1890-1990||p. 214|
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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