American Investment in British Manufacturing Industry: by John Dunning

By John Dunning

At the 40th anniversary of its unique ebook, Dunning has up to date this seminal vintage, including a brand new creation and concluding bankruptcy that places the paintings in modern viewpoint. This was once the 1st learn to ascertain the level and impression of overseas direct invesment in a bunch of nations.

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54 On the other hand, the committee concluded that in spite of this tendency towards monopoly, many managerial and manufacturing practices imported by these concerns had influenced trading methods to the benefit of the consumer. In the banking sector, there was only a limited US presence in the United Kingdom. Indeed, until the end of 1913, US national banks were prohibited by law from engaging in foreign banking. Morgan, American Express and Lazard Frères had set up branches in the UK in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to provide banking and financial services for American individuals and companies abroad.

In most cases, however, the inducements to invest were a combination of the above factors, and the general desire to expand business overseas. Import tariffs were practically non-existent at this time. In 1903 the first Ford car was sold in the United Kingdom. g. 48 In 1911, the Ford Motor Co. ) Ltd—a new company—started to assemble imported components in an Americandesigned factory at Trafford Park, Manchester. From the very beginning, use was made of the semi-automatic principle of large-scale production as adopted by the parent plant, and American executives employed.

8 per cent of the total labour force in British manufacturing industry at the end of 1953. The value of their combined output for that year could not be assessed with the same accuracy, as not all firms were willing to divulge the relevant information.

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