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Merchants to MultinationalsBritish Trading Companies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries$
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Geoffrey Jones

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249992

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199249997.001.0001

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Governance and Human Resources

Governance and Human Resources

(p.195) 7 Governance and Human Resources
Merchants to Multinationals

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This chapter examines the management systems and human resources of British trading companies. Strategy and operating decisions were centralized on boards of directors. Professional managers were hired, some of them university graduates from the interwar years, whose development was characterized by on‐the‐job and site‐specific learning.

Keywords:   centralization, directors, graduates, human resources, management system, managers, on‐the‐job training, site‐specific learning

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