A Family Firm becomes a Public Company: Changes at Pilkington Brothers Limited in the Interwar Years
My title is strictly — and intentionally — incorrect. Pilkington had ceased to be a partnership in 1894. The company then formed never offered any of its shares to the general public until 1970. Yet I have chosen this title because, from the management point of view, Pilkington Brothers Limited continued to manifest the features of a family firm until 1931 when, unable to stand the strain any longer, a major reorganisation occurred which took the company in one great leap a considerable way along the road towards its ultimate Chandlerian destination of head office and operating divisions.
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