Corporate networks in post-war Britain: Do finance-industry relationships matter for corporate borrowing?
journal contributionposted on 2020-12-25, 00:33 authored by Philipp KernPhilipp Kern, Gerhard SchnyderGerhard Schnyder
The relationship between interlocking directorates and corporate finance patterns is a widelyresearched aspect of the literature on national financial systems. This literature often considers the United Kingdom to be analogous to the United States, without directly investigating the nature and impact of finance-industry relationships. Based on a handcollected dataset covering eight benchmark years between 1950 and 2010, we start filling this gap by combining historical narratives, social network-, and regression analyses. We investigate whether finance-industry relations impact corporate borrowing patterns differently across time periods. We find that network-embedding impacted corporate borrowing from the 1950s to 1970s, but not thereafter. We also find that network structure and its function do not always evolve in parallel, highlighting limitations of purely structural approaches to understanding the link between corporate networks and firm behaviour and the importance of the historical idiosyncrasies of each country case.
- Loughborough University London
Published inBusiness History
CitationKERN, P. and SCHNYDER, G., 2021. Corporate networks in post-war Britain: Do finance-industry relationships matter for corporate borrowing? Business History, 63 (6), pp.966-987.
Publisher© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
Publisher statementThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Business History on 25 June 2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1621294