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This article was originally published as Ville, S and Merritt, DT, The Development of Large Scale Enterprise in Australia, 1910-64, Business History, 42(3), 2000, 13-46. Copyright Taylor & Francis. Original journal available here.


This study examines the evolution of large scale enterprise in Australia in the twentieth century. It applies a methodology common in the historical study of other nations, notably identifying and analysing the top firms by asset size for benchmarked years through the period. High concentration levels are identified among big businesses although they may have been slow to develop modern managerial systems



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