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A Long Time in Making: The History of Smiths

James Nye


This book charts the history of Smiths Group (formerly Smiths Industries), a global engineering company in the FTSE100, with a market capitalisation of £5.5bn. Evolving from beginnings in the Victorian jewellery trade, to significant market presences in the twentieth century motor accessory, clock and watch industries, it has reinvented itself again as a diversified international company, operating in the medical, communications, security and engineered components sectors. Its narrative history, illuminating the reasons for its survival and adaptability, offers useful data and information to a ... More

Keywords: Allan Gordon-Smith, conglomeracy, corporate culture, FTSE100, mergers, serendipity, Smiths Group, Smiths Industries, succession, synergy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717256
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Nye, author
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Contemporary British History, King's College London