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Title: Dodwell & CO. LTD., multinational traders, 1899-1972 : a business history
Author: Dou, Yuan
ISNI:       0000 0001 3429 9571
Awarding Body: University of the West of Scotland
Current Institution: University of the West of Scotland
Date of Award: 2008
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The purpose of this study is to explore the hitherto unexamined business history of Dodwell & Co., Ltd., during the period from 1899 to 1972. Dodwell & Co. Ltd. was a distinguished British merchant house which survived political upheavals and economic crises, as well as social and technological changes, and successfully reinvented itself in the process. The study examines Dodwell's organisational structure, provides a detailed strategic analysis over its operating history, considers aspects of the firm's ownership, and describes and evaluates its financial management. The continuous reinvention of Dodwell is a noteworthy success case - the firm's strategic response to uncertain environmental change was based on its unique internal networking strategic process, which we have referred to as a "Spider-in- Web" networking process. The system of networking was enhanced by Dodwell's good external relationships with its customers and suppliers. The strong Dodwell family influence in the Company intensified and strengthened this aspect of its management. This study primarily draws on documents from Dodwell's Archives at London's Guildhall Library.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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