I am now working on German industrialists in the post war era. This research will focus on, and establish how, German (heavy) industrialists acted as a group towards political and economic challenges; how much (or how little?) they could influence political decisions, either as individuals or through their associations; and how they recruited and trained their top managers. An article on the last topic (‘The Americanisation that never was? – German top management training and the Baden-Badener Unternehmergespräche in the 1950s’) will be shortly published with Business History.
My doctoral thesis was on German reconstruction and the impact of the Cold War, focusing on the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, a government controlled bank which handled most of Germany’s Marshall Plan counterpart funds and which became eventually the country’s development aid bank. A book based on the thesis has been published by Ashgate Publishers in 2004.
Based on my research as part of the BP History Team I have published an article on the British petrochemical industry during the crisis of the early 1980s.