This shortform book presents key peer-reviewed research selected by expert series editors and contextualised by new analysis from each author on how the specific field addressed has evolved.
The book features contributions on the development of banking regulation in Scotland, the role of commercial banking on the functioning of the British corporate economy, the impact of British monetary policy on small firm growth, and the politics of corporate governance.
Of interest to business and economic historians, this shortform book also provides analysis that will be valuable reading across the social sciences
Table of Contents
Introduction (John F. Wilson, Nicholas D. Wong and Steven Toms)
1. The Move to Limited Liability Banking in Scotland and the Introduction of Bank Regulation (John Turner)
2. The Commercial Banking Industry and its Part in the Emergence and Consolidation of the Corporate Economy in Britain before 1940 (Peter Wardley)
3. Did They Have It So Good? Small Firms and British Monetary Policy in the 1950s (Francesca Carnevali)
4. Corporate Governance in Political Climate: The 'City', Government and British Leyland Motor Company (Sue Bowden)
John Wilson is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Law) at Northumbria University at Newcastle. He has published widely in the fields of business, management and industrial history, including ten monographs, six edited collections and over seventy articles and chapters. Most notably, his British Business History, 1720-1994 is still being used in UK universities. He was also the founding editor of the Journal of Industrial History, as well as co-editor of Business History for ten years.
Nicholas D. Wong is Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at Newcastle
Business School, Northumbria University. His research areas cover historical
organisation studies and uses of the past, family business studies and
entrepreneurship. He has published in Business History , International Journal
of Contemporary Hospitality Management and Entreprise et Histoire . Nicholas
won the John F. Mee Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management in 2018
for his contribution to the Management History Division.
Steven Toms spent fifteen years in senior management at Nottingham University
as head of the undergraduate programme, chair of teaching committee and
research director before becoming Head of York Management School in 2004.
Professor Toms’s research interests cover the role of accounting, accountability
and corporate governance in the development of organisations, particularly from
a historical perspective. He is interested in perspectives that integrate financial
models with economic and organisational theory and corporate strategy. Specific
applications range from business history – in particular cotton and other textiles
trades – to capital markets and social and environmental accounting. He was
Editor of the journal Business History from 2007 to 2013.