Defence and the decline of UK mechanical engineering: the case of Vickers at Barrow

@article{Mort2004DefenceAT,
  title={Defence and the decline of UK mechanical engineering: the case of Vickers at Barrow},
  author={Maggie Mort and Graham Spinardi},
  journal={Business History},
  year={2004},
  volume={46},
  pages={1 - 22}
}
This article asks whether the UK's defence technology base is a potential solution to industrial underachievement or whether it is perhaps at the heart of the problem. In the UK, firms seem often to have opted for defence as the best route to business success. This is often portrayed as the result of short-sighted management, but it is perhaps more analytically useful to consider the ways in which this comes about. Drawing on a wide range of sources, we focus on the production history of… 
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