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Financialization and Strategy
Narrative and Numbers

ISBN 9780415334181
Published March 16, 2006 by Routledge
412 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Considering the recent impact of the capital market on corporate strategy, this text analyzes, through argument and supportive case studies, how pressures from the capital bull market of the 1990s and bear market of the early 2000s, have reshaped management action and calculation in large, publicly quoted US and UK corporations.

Beginning with the dissatisfaction with classical strategy and its limited engagement with the processes of financialization, the book moves on to cover three detailed company case studies (General Electric, Ford and GlaxoSmithKline) which use long run financial data and analysis of company and industry narratives to illustrate and explore key themes. The book emphasizes the importance of company and industry narrative, while also analyzing long term financial results, and helps to explain the limits of management action and the burden of expectations placed on corporate governance.

Presenting financial and market information on trajectory in an accessible way, this book provides a distinctive, critical social science account of management in large UK and US corporations, and it is a valuable resource for students, scholars and researchers of business, management, political economy and non-mainstream economics.

short listed for the 2007 IPEG Book Prize

Table of Contents

 Part 1: What Corporate Management Has Become  1. Introduction  2. Classical Strategy  3. The Intrusion of the Capital Market  4. Keeping it Going  5. Better Governance?  Part 2: Cases  6. Introduction to the Cases  7. General Electric  8. Ford Motor Company  9. GlaxoSmithKline  10. Synthesis 

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The authors are all researchers at the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change at the University of Manchester.


Julie Froud is a Reader in Accounting at Manchester Business School.

Sukhdev Johal is a Reader in the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Adam Leaver is a Lecturer in the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Manchester .

Karel Williams is Professor of Accounting and Political Economy at Manchester Business School.


'Financialization and Strategy will be of considerable interest to scholars, managers and policy makers concerned with effects of capital markets on corporate strategy.' - Michael Power, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK