Growth, Profits and Technological Choice: The Case of the Lancashire Cotton Textile Industry
Journal of Industrial History, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 35–55, 1998
21 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2011
Date Written: 1998
Using Lancashire textile industry company case studies and financial records, mainly from the period just before the First World War, the processes of growth and decline are re-examined. These are considered by reference to the nature of Lancashire entrepreneurship and the impact on technological choice. Capital accumulation, associated wealth distributions and the character of Lancashire business organisation were sybiotically linked to the success of the industry before 1914. However, the legacy of that accumulation in later decades, chronic overcapacity, formed a barrier to reconstruction and enhanced the preciptious decline of a once great industry.
Keywords: Lancashire cotton industry, rings and mules, automatic looms, vertical integration, financial performance, capital accumulation, technology
JEL Classification: L67, L22, N13, N23, N64, N83, O16, O18
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