Peter Scott is Professor of International Business History at University of Reading Business School. His research interests include: the growth of mass consumption; housing; technological change; the evolution of institutional investment market; industrial location & regional development; the growth and impact of overseas multinationals in UK; development of labour process; the evolution of built environment and the history of consumer credit. (more)
His monograph Triumph of the South: A Regional Economic History of Britain During the Early Twentieth Century (Aldershot: Ashgate) was awarded the Wadsworth Prize for the best monograph in British business history published in 2007.
He is working with Dr James Walker on 'The Managerial Revolution in British and American Retailing' and 'Household expenditure, consumption and living standards in Britain, 1909-39'.
Their presentation will showcase the strong rivalry between 'Woolies' and 'M&S' before World War II, the sales volumes that the two companies generated, and the impact of their new-style, 'popular retailing' on traditional independent shops.