Ferranti-Packard: Pioneers in Canadian Electrical Manufacturing

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1994 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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Through their case-study of the evolution of a relatively small manufacturer such as Ferranti-Packard, Ball and Vardalas address a number of broader themes in the history of Canadian business and technology. Ferranti-Packard was British-owned and thus provides a revealing subject for the authors' investigation of the impact of foreign direct investment on Canadian industrial and technological capabilities. An important theme in this analysis is the interplay of British and North American corporate cultures. Ball and Vardalas explain the complex nature of technical and managerial relationships between subsidiaries and parent firms, demonstrating that Ferranti-Packard did not passively receive parent-firm expertise but was highly innovative in product design and marketing philosophy. The association between government and business in the development and direction of technology in Canadian industries since the Second World War is also explored.

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The Technology that Gave Birth
Birth of Packard Electric
Ferranti Arrives in Canada
Ferranti Builds a Manufacturing Base
Packard Electric 19121945
Ferranti and Packard
From Canadian to North American
Birth of the Electronics Division
The Rise and Fall of Canadas First
End of an Era

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About the author (1994)

Norman R. Ball is the director of the Centre for Society, Technology and Values at the University of Waterloo. The author of several books, his previous titles include "Building Canada: A History of Public Works," He lives in Toronto.

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