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Managerialism and the Post-war Evolution of the French National Business System

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mairi Maclean, Professor Charles Harvey


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Managerial revolutions - which witness the appropriation of corporate power by professional managers - come in different shapes and sizes. This article builds upon existing critiques of Chandler's universal theory of the managerial revolution through reference to the French national business system, arguing that the concept of the managerial revolution is best understood within specific cultural contexts, elite ideologies and national business systems. It demonstrates, through the inclusion of original data, and a business historical case study, that the French model of capitalism is distinguished by continuing links between the state and business, by the density of its corporate networks, and the large number of elite actors with experience of working in an executive capacity in both the public and private sectors, in stark contrast to the UK.

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Author(s): Maclean M, Harvey C, Press J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Business History

Year: 2007

Volume: 49

Issue: 4

Pages: 531-551

ISSN (print): 0007-6791

ISSN (electronic): 1743-7938

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00076790701296332


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