ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change

Professor Karel Williams

Research interests

Karel Williams
Professor Karel Williams

I originally published as a cultural historian of the nineteenth century with the book Pauperism to Poverty and afterwards diverted into team work on present day capitalism. Over the past 15 years I have led a permanent and productive research team which has developed a distinctive approach to business analysis. This work initially focused on manufacturing and specifically on car assembly including classic work on how Henry Ford built the Model T. After 2000, articles on shareholder value and on the new economy opened a new phase of work on financialization and on corporate governance. CRESC then provided the impetus for us to write a culturally informed book on giant firm strategy which proposed a narrative and numbers method which was articulated through historical case study of three giant firms (Ford, GE and Glaxo). The team has already begun to produce a complementary stream of work on financialization and the household.

Recent publications

Contact Details

ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)
178 Waterloo Place
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL

tel: +44 (0)161 275 8988