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Automation and Management Accounting in British Manufacturing and Retail Financial Services, 1945-1968

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  • Bernardo Batiz-Lazo

    (Open University Business School)

  • Trevor Boyns

    (Cardiff Business School)

Abstract

This article looks at the effects of office mechanisation in greater detail by describing data processing innovations in major building societies during the dawn of the computer era. Reference to similar developments in clearing banks, industrial and computer organisations provides evidence as to the common experience in the computerisation of firms in the post-war years. As a result, research in this article offers a comparison between widespread technological change and changes unique to service sector organisations. Moreover, research in this article ascertains the extent to which the adoption of computer-related innovations in financial services sought to satisfy financial, rather than management accounting, purposes.

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  • Bernardo Batiz-Lazo & Trevor Boyns, 2003. "Automation and Management Accounting in British Manufacturing and Retail Financial Services, 1945-1968," Economic History 0303001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpeh:0303001
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    1. Nightingale, Paul & Poll, Robert, 2000. "Innovation in Investment Banking: The Dynamics of Control Systems within the Chandlerian Firm," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 9(1), pages 113-141, March.
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    Keywords

    banks; building societies; manufacturing; computers;

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    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L63 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Microelectronics; Computers; Communications Equipment

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