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Bearing ‘the burden and heat of the day’: the experience of business failure in Douglas and Grant Ltd

Mackie, Robin (2012). Bearing ‘the burden and heat of the day’: the experience of business failure in Douglas and Grant Ltd. Business History, 54(5) pp. 689–712.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2012.683418
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Abstract

This paper looks at the role of business culture in a business failure. Using the extensive records of the Scottish engineering firm of Douglas & Grant Ltd., it explores how the choices made by the firm’s leaders were shaped by their values and assumptions. The paper argues that the failure of the firm to manage expansion in the first decades of the twentieth century was rooted in these values, which both encouraged its leaders to take risks and constrained their ability to manage change.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1743-7938
Keywords: business failure; business culture; ‘collective subjectivity’; knowledge sharing; ‘orchestration’; the firm as team; firm ownership; management; succession
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Item ID: 31080
Depositing User: Robin Mackie
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2012 12:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/31080
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