Merchants to Multinationals: British Trading Companies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Merchants to Multinationals: British Trading Companies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

by Geoffrey Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198294506

ISBN-13: 9780198294504

Pub. Date: 05/11/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book examines the evolution of multinational trading companies from the eighteenth century to the present day. During the Industrial Revolution, British merchants established overseas branches which became major trade intermediaries and subsequently engaged in foreign direct investment. Complex multinational business groups emerged controlling large

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Overview

This book examines the evolution of multinational trading companies from the eighteenth century to the present day. During the Industrial Revolution, British merchants established overseas branches which became major trade intermediaries and subsequently engaged in foreign direct investment. Complex multinational business groups emerged controlling large investments in natural resources, processing, and services in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198294504
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2000
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Concepts.
2. Foundations.
3. From Trade to Investment.
4. Trading in Crisis.
5. Concentration and Diversification.
6. Business Groups.
7. Management.
8. Networks.
9. Natural Resources.
10. Traders as Manufacturers.
11. End Game.
12. Conclusion.
Appendix 1: Post-Tax Return on Net Capital Employed of Selected British Trading Companies, 1895-1998
Appendix 2: Pre-Tax Return on Net Capital Employed of Selected British Trading Companies, 1948-1998
Appendix 3: Sources for Calculations on Capital Employed of British Trading Companies

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