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Firms, Networks and Business Values
The British and American Cotton Industries since 1750

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History

  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511826016

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  • This book explores the long-term forces shaping business attitudes in the British and American cotton industries from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Mary Rose traces social, political and developmental differences from the early stages of industrialization. She demonstrates how firms become embedded in networks, and evolve according to business values and strategies. The book examines local and regional networks, the changing competitive environment, community characteristics and national differences. Rose's findings challenge traditional views with new evidence that the character and achievements of each industry uniquely reflect local circumstances and historical experience. This is a critical synthesis of the multidisciplinary literature on the cotton textile industries of two major industrial nations and a study of the changing forces influencing decision making. An important contribution to comparative business history, this book will be of interest to graduates and scholars in all areas of business and economic history.

    • Comparative analysis of the organization and structure of the cotton industry in Britain and the United States
    • Spans a two-hundred-year period
    • A critical synthesis of the multidisciplinary literature on the cotton textile industries of two major industrial nations
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    'Firms, Networks and Business Values is an important book. Scholars interested in business and technological change will find this account essential.' Business History

    '… a carefully argued and meticulously researched comparative study of the cotton industries of Great Britain and the USA. … The book is highly recommended. It will be of interest to both those concerned with the local and regional history of the cotton industry and those more interested in the broader issues of the course of modern industrial development.' Northern History

    'This book explains industrial evolution in terms of divergence rather than of convergence. Its unique comparative perspective confers upon its great value and holds forth to other scholars a model for emulation.' Besprechungen

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511826016
    • contains: 30 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the evolution of two industries
    Part I. The Culture of Business Networks 1750–1860:
    2. Industrialisation and the cotton industry in Britain and the United States
    3. Family firms, networks and institutions to 1860
    4. The management of labour to 1860
    5. Networks and the evolution of government-industry relations to 1860
    Part II. Continuity and Change:
    6. Consolidation and change, 1860–1914
    7. Prosperity and decay in war and peace, 1914–39
    8. The turbulent years, 1939–80: the politics of decline
    9. Conclusion

  • Author

    Mary B. Rose, Lancaster University
    Mary B. Rose is Senior Lecturer in Business History in the Management School at the University of Lancaster. She is the author of The Gregs of Quarry Bank Mill (1986) and received the 1996 Alan Ball prize for her edited volumeThe Lancashire Cotton Industry: A History since 1700. She is past president of the Association of Business Historians and currently Director of the Pasold Research Fund.

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