The Netherlands: the overlooked variety of big business

Ferry de Goey, Abe de Jong

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Abstract

This chapter presents an introductory and exploratory overview of the history and present state of business groups in the Netherlands, with an emphasis on large business in the twentieth century. Statistical data and overviews are complemented by case studies, in order to sketch the diversity in business groups among Dutch businesses. Although business groups were present throughout modern Dutch business history, they were never the dominant organizational form. Although some large multinationals can be classified as business groups and many smaller family businesses are business groups, little attention has been paid to the organizational form in the literature. The chapter cannot document general motivations for Dutch firms to opt for a business group structure but presents several case-specific and idiosyncratic reasons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Groups in the West
Subtitle of host publicationOrigins, Evolution, and Resilience
EditorsAsli M Coplan, Takashi Hikino
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages165-192
Number of pages28
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9780198717973
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Big business
  • Business groups
  • Diversification
  • Family business
  • Netherlands

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de Goey, F., & de Jong, A. (2018). The Netherlands: the overlooked variety of big business. In A. M. Coplan, & T. Hikino (Eds.), Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution, and Resilience (1st ed., pp. 165-192). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198717973.003.0007
de Goey, Ferry ; de Jong, Abe. / The Netherlands : the overlooked variety of big business. Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution, and Resilience. editor / Asli M Coplan ; Takashi Hikino. 1st. ed. Oxford UK : Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 165-192
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The Netherlands : the overlooked variety of big business. / de Goey, Ferry; de Jong, Abe.

Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution, and Resilience. ed. / Asli M Coplan; Takashi Hikino. 1st. ed. Oxford UK : Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 165-192.

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de Goey F, de Jong A. The Netherlands: the overlooked variety of big business. In Coplan AM, Hikino T, editors, Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution, and Resilience. 1st ed. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. 2018. p. 165-192 https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198717973.003.0007