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Business Groups in the WestOrigins, Evolution, and Resilience$
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Asli M. Colpan and Takashi Hikino

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198717973.001.0001

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The Netherlands

The Netherlands

The Overlooked Variety Of Big Business

(p.165) Chapter 7 The Netherlands
Business Groups in the West

Ferry De Goey

Abe De Jong

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an introductory and exploratory overview of the history and present state of business groups in the Netherlands, with an emphasis on large business in the twentieth century. Statistical data and overviews are complemented by case studies, in order to sketch the diversity in business groups among Dutch businesses. Although business groups were present throughout modern Dutch business history, they were never the dominant organizational form. Although some large multinationals can be classified as business groups and many smaller family businesses are business groups, little attention has been paid to the organizational form in the literature. The chapter cannot document general motivations for Dutch firms to opt for a business group structure but presents several case-specific and idiosyncratic reasons.

Keywords:   business groups, Netherlands, family business, big business, diversification

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