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A study of the NESCo provides a micro-history of the emergence of the electricity supply industry in Britain up to the First World War. This research examines the role of social capital in the establishment and growth of the NESCo, the only financially successful British electric power company. Temporal bracketing was adopted to evaluate two distinct time periods: emergence from 1889-1899; and growth from 1900-1914. Family, business and social networks together with geographical and political factors secured the company’s dominant position. The structural relationship with Merz & Mclellan contributed to growth through acquisitions, joint ventures, and access to new markets.
Author(s): McGovern T, McLean T
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Business History
Print publication date: 01/05/2017
Online publication date: 08/12/2016
Acceptance date: 11/11/2016
Date deposited: 14/11/2016
ISSN (print): 0007-6791
ISSN (electronic): 1743-7938
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