Ferranti. A history

Volume 3: Management, mergers and fraud 1987–1993

By John F. Wilson

Ferranti. A history

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8839-1
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2013
  • BIC Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History, Business Studies, Management & management techniques, Business & Management, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management, Economics, finance, business & management / Economic history, Economics, finance, business & management / Business & management


This study of Ferranti in its last six years of a long history provides a detailed exposition of the British and American businessmen who combined to terminate one of the UK's leading defence electronics firms. Involving action in the Middle East, South Africa and Pakistan, as well as the UK and USA, this highlights the precarious nature of international arms trading.


1. Ferranti by the mid-1980s
2. The rise of ISC
3. A step too far? Merger with ISC
4. From honeymoon to divorce
5. Investigations and court cases
6. The rescue strategy
7. The 'New Ferranti International'
8. Demise and epilogue
Appendix A: The financing of Ferranti, 1890-1993
Appendix B: Profitability and return on capital employed at Ferranti, 1892-1993
Appendix C: Turnover and Employment at Ferranti, 1890-1993
Appendix D: Chairmen and Directors of Ferranti, 1905-93


John F. Wilson is Professor and Director of the Newcastle University Business School

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