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The Performance of European Business in the Twentieth Century$
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Youssef Cassis, Andrea Colli, and Harm Schröter

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749776.001.0001

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The Performance of German Big Business in the Twentieth Century

The Performance of German Big Business in the Twentieth Century

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(p.91) 7 The Performance of German Big Business in the Twentieth Century
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The Performance of European Business in the Twentieth Century
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Diane Dammers

Hendrik K. Fischer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749776.003.0007

This chapter deals with the development and performance of big business in Germany during the twentieth century. It analyses how the economic structure changed from the dominance of heavy industry at the beginning of the century to the emergence of the service economy at the end of the period. Additionally, the formation of large-scale industrial conglomerates in the Weimar Republic and the de-concentration process after the Second World War are shown. Finally, evaluation of the profitability of German large-scale enterprises raises the question of whether German big business really was less profitable than British, as is suggested in the literature.

Keywords:   Germany, big business, performance, profitability, sectoral economic structure, service economy, industrial conglomerate

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