The British corporate network, 1904–1976: Revisiting the finance–industry relationship

Wilson, John F., Buchnea, Emily and Tilba, Anna (2018) The British corporate network, 1904–1976: Revisiting the finance–industry relationship. Business History, 60 (6). pp. 779-806. ISSN 0007-6791

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The relationship between finance and industry in Britain has received substantial attention, largely focusing on the role played by clearing banks as lenders to industry. This article, through the use of a unique dataset detailing the composition of the British corporate network, aims to investigate the corporate connectivity of industry to banks but also, importantly, highlight the increasing presence of financial institutions other than banks in British business. Additionally, the position of these financial institutions within the network reflects the changes in patterns of ownership of British business through this period as institutional investors’ share of British companies increased. This changing position is further articulated by an analysis of network density over the period, providing critical insights into wider patterns in British business between 1904 and 1976.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate networks, banking, financial sector, industrial sector, institutional investors, directors
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 13:35
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 20:50

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