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Business Policies in the Making (Routledge Revivals) : Three Steel Companies Compared.

Author: Jonathan Boswell
Publisher: Oxon : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Routledge revivals.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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First published in 1983, this study investigates and compares three leading firms in the British iron and steel industry between 1914 and 1939, analysing their strategies, boardroom politics, and their responses to the problems posed by the Great War and by the vicissitudes of the 1920s and '30s. Jonathan Boswell illuminates certain issues that are of perennial importance for students of business: rationality and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Boswell, Jonathan.
Business Policies in the Making (Routledge Revivals).
Oxon : Routledge, 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Boswell
ISBN: 9781317671275 1317671279 1306905729 9781306905725
OCLC Number: 882771264
Description: 1 online resource (254 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Original Title Page; Original Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Foreword; 1 Management: trade-offs, biases and phases; Decision-making processes: rationality and error; Growth, efficiency and social action; Managerial specialisation and corporate development; 2 Management: iron and steel; Technological and economic factors; Historical and political factors; The applicability of the theory; 3 Exuberance and caution; Growthmanship 1: Dorman Long's second spring; Growthmanship 2: the USC's formation; Stewarts and Lloyds' prudence; Final comments. 4 Miseries and grandeurs of recessionEfficiency pursuits (Stewarts and Lloyds); Cliff-hanging (the USC); Victorian hangovers and fresh gambles (Dorman Long); Conclusions; 5 The managerial watershed; A natural succession; A polite coup d'état; A traumatic finale; Conclusions; 6 Mergers and investment, liaisons and wars; Dorman Long's grand merger débâcle; Growth triumphant: Stewarts and Lloyds; Growth muffled: the USC; 7 Efficiency and organisation building; The USC's classic turnround; Centralisation versus decentralisation; Ultra-centralisation, belated rejuvenation. Conclusions on growth and efficiency8 Labour and local community problems; General labour policies; Employment and redundancy policy; Philanthropy and pollution; 9 Relationships with public policies and government; Dorman Long's passivity; The USC's co-operativeness; Stewarts and Lloyds' separatism; Conclusions on social action; 10 Conclusions; Source material; Index.
Series Title: Routledge revivals.

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