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The Performance of German Big Business in the 20th Century


  • Diane Dammers
  • Hendrik Fischer

    (University of Cologne)


The paper deals with the development of big business in Germany during the 20th century. It shows the first results of the German team of the research project ?The Performance of European Business in the 20th Century?. The paper analyses how the structure of big business changed: it shows the decline of heavy industry and finally the rise of service sectors. Secondly the paper analyses the profitability of the German large scale enterprises and raises the question if German big business truly was less profitable than the English as suggested in literature.

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  • Diane Dammers & Hendrik Fischer, 2009. "The Performance of German Big Business in the 20th Century," Cologne Economic History papers 5, University of Cologne, Department of Economic and Business History, revised Jan 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:wso:wpaper:5

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    1. Iversen, Martin Jes, 2008. "Measuring Chandler's Impact on European Business Studies since the 1960s," Business History Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 82(2), pages 279-292, July.
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      Germany; 20th Century;

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      • N1 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations


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