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Management and Industry

Case studies in UK industrial history, 1st Edition

Edited by John F. Wilson, Steven Toms, Nicholas Wong, Nicholas Wong


128 pages

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Hardback: 9780367024109
pub: 2020-03-05
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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.

With contributions on the ‘historic turn’ in management studies, workers’ rights, occupational health, industrial networks and the development of the organisation, practices and principles of large UK businesses, this volume provides an array of fascinating insights into industrial history.

Of interest to business and economic historians, this shortform book also provides analysis and illustrative case-studies that will be valuable reading across the social sciences.

Table of Contents

Introduction (John F. Wilson and Steven Toms)

1. Business History and Organisation Theory (Michael Rowlinson)

2. Management Strategies for Health: J. W. Roberts and the Armley Asbestos Tragedy, 1920-1958 (Geoffrey Tweedale)

3. The Proprietorial Theory of the Firm and its Consequences (John Quail)

4. Trust in an Industrial District: the Potteries, c.1850-1900 (Andrew Popp)

About the Editors

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 organization 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.

Steve Toms has 15 years of 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, 2007-2013.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Industrial History

This shortform series presents key peer-reviewed research originally published in the Journal of Industrial History, selected by expert series editors and contextualised by new analysis from each author on how the specific field addressed has evolved.

Of interest to business historians, economic historians and social scientists interested in the development of key industries, the series makes theoretical and conceptual contributions to the field, as well as providing a plethora of empirical, illustrative and detailed case-studies of industrial developments in Britain, the United States and other international settings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industrial Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development