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Big Business: The European Experience in the Twentieth Century

Youssef Cassis


This is a major comparative study of big business in Britain, France and Germany across the twentieth century. It provides an analysis, based on a wealth of empirical data, of the character and performance of the major companies in each country at five benchmark years: 1907, 1927, 1953, 1972 and 1989. Particular attention is given to size, sectoral distribution, profits and profitability, and survival and growth. It also focuses on business leadership, both at professional and social levels. It considers the competence of top businessmen and major aspects of the decision‐making process, and pl ... More

Keywords: Britain, business culture, business elites, business leadership, business performance, convergence, corporate governance, France, Germany, large firms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296065
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198296061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Youssef Cassis, author
University of Grenoble
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