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The British Motor Industry, 1945-1994A Case Study in Industrial Decline$
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Timothy Whisler

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290742

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290742.001.0001

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(p.401) Conclusion
The British Motor Industry, 1945-1994

Timothy R. Whisler

Oxford University Press

This study has demonstrated that the strategy, operations, and performance of the British-owned motor firms were distinctive from their international and multinational rivals. While scholars have rightly noted many of the symptoms of decline of British-owned car makers, they have not emphasized that pervasive, interrelated, and historic institutional matrices were the cause of the industry's downfall. Management and labour were unable and unwilling to adapt their corporate strategies, institutions, and beliefs to the changing demands of the post-war environment.

Keywords:   motor firms, car makers, decline, management, symptoms of decline

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