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A new quest for efficiency: the post war programme of the Federation of Swedish Wholesalers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2011 (English)In: Business History in Sweden = Näringslivshistoria i Sverige / [ed] Mikael Lönnborg, Paulina Rytkönen, Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2011, 1, 212-236 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the mid 1950s the activities of the Federation of Swedish Wholesalers (Sveriges Grossistförbund/SGF) were considered by the OEEC to be among the forerunners concerning the rationalization of European wholesaling. From the 1940s the SGF started to develop more systematic policies and activities to promote the rationalization of Swedish wholesaling. One important effort was the formation of the Wholesale Research Institute in 1943. Another was to produce and circulate publications, some aimed at the public, others for internal use, where measures to promote and implement means to create more efficient and profitable wholesale businesses were discussed. The focus of this paper is to analyze these publications, which I have labeled ”The Post War Program” of the SGF. The Post War Program of the SGF will be put into a wider context by discussing the general debate on rationalization of the distribution sector and also the important Post War Program of the Swedish Labor Movement, a program stressing the need for rationalization of the economy including arguments for increased government intervention or nationalization in case of markets failures.

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Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2011, 1. 212-236 p.
Keyword [sv]
Rationalisering, varuhandel, Sveriges Grossistförbund, branschorganisation
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163290ISBN: 978-91-7844-828-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163290DiVA: diva2:463547
Ett regionalt och organisatoriskt perspektiv på innovationsspridning inom svensk dagligvaruhandel 1900-2000
Available from: 2011-12-09 Created: 2011-12-09 Last updated: 2012-08-07Bibliographically approved

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