Cailluet, Ludovic and Brachet-Champsaur, Florence (2010) The Great Depression? Challenging the Periodization of French Business History in the Interwar Period. Business and Economic History On-Line, 8.

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In this essay we aim to demonstrate that economic and business historians‘ tendency to use moments of severe economic turbulence as turning points does not always fit with a periodization based on corporate change. In fact, our essay shows that the economic downturn of the early 1930s did not impact all companies‘ long-term strategies the same way and that it sometimes fostered management innovations or helped to reinforce nascent ideas. To illustrate our point we have chosen to look at two companies that, despite the Great Depression, developed new administrative methods and marketing innovations. They acted not only in a defensive mode but also to prepare for better times. The cases were deliberately taken from very different sectors. The first deals with heavy industry, using the metallurgy and chemicals company AFC-Pechiney; the second considers the family-owned and -managed retail group Galeries Lafayette

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2010
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: economic and business historians, economic turbulence, corporate change
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE > B1- Généralités
Divisions: TSM Research (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2019 14:41
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 13:36
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