Youssef Cassis

in Big Business

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296065
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596056 | DOI:

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Considers the ability of large firms to survive and grow in the long term. Survival has been defined as a company's ability to remain both independent and sufficiently large to enjoy big business status. The French large firms of the pre‐1914 years were the most successful in that respect, but of the large European corporations of the 1920s, the British proved the more resilient. Interestingly, this longevity was not achieved at the expense of growth.

Keywords: Britain; France; Germany; growth; independence; large firms; survival

Chapter.  5599 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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