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Financing Cotton: British Industrial Growth and Decline, 1780-2000
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Financing Cotton: British Industrial Growth and Decline, 1780-2000

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  • Steven Toms
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  • 9781783275090
  • 9.25 X 6.25 X 0.7 inches
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  • Business & Economics > Economic History
  • English
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The cotton and textile industry, at the centre of the industrial revolution, has long been a metaphor for the rise and fall of Britain as a manufacturing economy. This book links the world of finance directly to the fate of the cotton and textile industry for the first time. Using a unique underlying data-set drawn from financial business records of over 100 cotton and textile-manufacturing firms based in Lancashire, and ranging from the late eighteenth tothe twenty-first century, Financing Cotton analyses the dynamics of industrial capitalism by uncovering the interaction between financial systems and technological development and innovation. It offers new perspectives onbusiness practices and their evolution, as well as decisions taken by entrepreneurs, managers and employees. The book broadly investigates five questions: how and why were individual firms profitable and what happened to these profits; how did the firms' financial structure and performance influence their attitudes to employment regulation; what were the effects of financial networks and institutions on the characteristics of the first and second phase ofindustrialisation; how did the financial system enable or stifle entrepreneurship and investment in new technology and, finally, why did consolidation and industrial restructuring offer survival options for some firms, but not forothers?

STEVEN TOMS is Professor of Accounting at the Leeds University Business School.
Financing Cotton: British Industrial Growth and Decline, 1780-2000

Author Bio

Professor Toms has extensive experience in both the professional and academic fields and joins us from the University of York Management School, of which he was the Head. Professor Toms has 15 years of senior  management, at Nottingham University as head of the undergraduate program, chair of teaching committee and research director, before becoming Head of York Management School in 2004. 

Professor Toms’s research interests cover the role of accounting, accountability and corporate governance in the development of organizations, particularly from a historical perspective. He is interested in perspectives that integrate financial models with economic and organizational theory and corporate strategy. Specific applications range from business history, in particular cotton and other textiles trades to capital markets and social and environmental accounting. He was editor of the journal Business History, 2007-2013. He would be very interested to hear from anyone wishing to pursue collaborative research in any of these general or specific fields.

 

Education 

BA (Hons) Modern History, Trinity College, Oxford, 1982 (MA, 1985).
Chartered Accountant, 1986
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Leicester University, 1987.
Master of Business Administration, CNAA, 1991.
Ph.D, University of Nottingham, March 1996,

 

Source: University of Leeds 

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