The Big End of Town: Big Business and Corporate Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 3, 2004 - Business & Economics
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Never before had a book been published which provides such a comprehensive study of Australian corporate leadership over the past 100 years. Written by a team of economic historians The Big End of Town, first published in 2004, is a proper business history of twentieth-century Australia. This book traces the evolution of large business enterprises in Australia, from the giants of the nineteenth century - such as Dalgety's, CSR and BHP - to the contemporary leaders in Newscorp and Qantas. It delves into why the market leaders became the major players, examines what was crucial to their success, and their roles in leading the Australian economy. By investigating their evolution this book provides a useful evaluation of the factors that have led to their competitive success and provides an essential guide for all businesses in Australia and beyond.
  

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Contents

New corporate leaders by industry 191064 215
7
The Development of Largescale Enterprise in Australia
11
Tables and Figures
15
Share of consumer and producer goods in manufacturing
28
Identifying the Corporate Leaders
40
Profile of Australian corporate leaders
47
Longevity of top 100 corporate leaders
51
Sectoral distribution of top 100 corporate leaders
55
Net sources of financing 194671
141
Net sources of financing 194671 Internal sources
142
Equity and debt raised on the Australian Stock
152
Debt as a proportion of capital raised per year 194985
154
Organisational Configuration and Corporate Governance
161
Aggregate leverage ratio 195597 155
175
Group structure of Western Mining Corporation 1974
181
Ownership of shares by individuals companies
189

Directions of Growth
79
Prime mover and challenger firms 191097
83
Delisted companies in Australia 194686 115
86
Methods of Growth
108
The importance of mergers to increased company
117
Key features of interfirm agreements in the 1990s
125
Financing Corporate Strategies
136
Share of equity held by directors 195275
195
Corporate Leaders Big Business and the Economy
202
Characteristics of Australian enterprises compared with
203
Characteristics of a sample of top 100 companies
210
Interconnection of technological change
228
Firms in Forbes Foreign 500 by country
304
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About the author (2004)

Simon Ville is Professor and Head of the School of Economics and Information Systems at the University of Wollongong. He is editor of the Australian Economic History Review and author of several publications on business in Australia, including The Rural Entrepreneurs.

David Merrett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Melbourne. He is a consultant to the ANZ Banking Group and has written extensively on business in Australia.

Grant Fleming is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Finance and Applied Statistics at the Australian National University.

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