London Transport: A Hybrid in History 1905-48

James Fowler
University of Essex, UK

Product Details
16 Sep 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
207 pages - 152 x 229mm
Frontiers of Management History
The London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) was a unique hybrid public body accountable only to a small number of stakeholders, yet it delivered substantial improvements in public services and provided good working conditions for its employees at the cost of its investors.  

London Transport: A Hybrid in History 1905-48 innovatively combines a revisionist historical narrative with a systematic analysis of quantitative and qualitative research to explore how and why the LPTB achieved rare popularity amongst its customers. Divided into three sections, the book explores the financial operations of the Board, the Board as a system of governance and the leadership and management within the LPTB. Using the extensive Transport for London archives, James Fowler conducts a timely assessment of the public network utility that once made London transport domestically popular and internationally admired.  

With debates about British transport policy ongoing, this book is an illuminating read for scholars and students researching within the areas of business management history, transport and public sector governance and administration.
Chapter One: Modern Relevance 
Chapter Two: The Historical Development of London Transport 
Chapter Three: Follow the Money: The investors, passengers and employee 
Chapter Four: Who shall Guard the Guards? The Governance of London's Transport 
Chapter Five: Solving the London Transport Problem 
Chapter Six: Conclusions for Theory and Public Debate
James Fowler is a lecturer at The University of Essex, UK. His academic interests are in the fields of business, management and organisational history, having published work on the performance of quasi-public organisations, organisational responses to crises and the purposes of statistical accounting. Prior to his academic career he was an Officer in the armed forces for 16 years.

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