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, Nicholas D. Wong 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)
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 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.