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Relentless Change: A Casebook for the Study of Canadian Business History

By Joseph E. Martin

University of Toronto Press

ISBN 978-0-8020-9559-6

Casebooks in business history are designed to instruct students in classrooms and boardrooms about the evolution of business management. The first casebook for the study of business history in a Canadian context, Joe Martin's text will help students, in both the classroom and the boardroom, understand the Canadian economy and guide them in making sound decisions and contributing to a healthy, growing economy.

Thirteen original case studies covering the mid-nineteenth to twentieth-first centuries deal with different industry sectors as well as individual corporations and managers. Overviews provide context by examining major public policy decisions and key developments in the financial system that have affected business practices. Martin also presents eight original tables that trace the evolution of the sixty largest Canadian corporations between 1905 and 2005. Relentless Change is an invaluable resource for instructors and business students and clearly demonstrates how businesses are affected by the interaction of individual decisions, policy changes, and market trends.

Table of Contents:

Case 1: Origins of Financial Stability in Canada: The Bank Act of 1871 by Robert M. Macintosh

Case 2: ‘Carpets, Lace & Champagne’: The Hudson’s Bay Company After the Deed of Surrender by John Geiger with guidance from Joe Martin

Case 3: Canada’s First Great Manufacturing Enterprise: The Story of Massey-Harris by John Turley Ewart and Stewart Melanson with guidance from Joe Martin

Case 4: ‘Irrational Exuberance’: The Creation of the CNR by Joe Martin

Case 5: The Role of Trade Policy in the Rise of the Canadian Automobile Industry by Stewart Melanson with guidance from Joe Martin

Case 6: Eaton’s: From the Great Depression to the Challenge from Simpsons-Sears by Richard Matern and Joe Martin

Case 7: The ‘Coyne Affair’ at the Bank of Canada by Katherine Macklem with guidance from Joe Martin

Case 8: The End of Monopoly: A New World at Inco by Anne Mette de Place Filippini and Joe Martin

Case 9: Canada’s Black Gold: From the Leduc Discovery to the National Energy Program by Stewart Melanson with guidance from Joe Martin

Case 10: The Free Trade Agreement and the Canadian Wine Industry by David Smith with guidance from Joe Martin

Case 11: The Collapse of Confederation Life by Rod McQueen with guidance from Joe Martin

Case 12: RBC Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Katherine Macklem with guidance from Joe Martin

Case 13: Canada: The Next Oil Superpower? by Stewart Melanson and Joe Martin


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Posted: 13 October 2009

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