Peter Scott is Professor of International Business History at Henley Business School, University of Reading, and is Director of the University’s Centre for International Business History (CIBH). He is also a trustee of the Business Archives Council and a former President of the Association of Business Historians. His research interests include: the growth of mass consumption, consumer credit and owner-occupation, together with their impacts on household behaviour; the evolution of mass retailing formats in Britain and the United States; the development of consumer goods industries; and path dependence and technological change. 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. A further monograph, The Making of the Modern British Home: Suburbanisation and its Impact on Working-class Family Life Between the Wars, was published by Oxford U.P. in October 2013 and is to be the subject of a Henley Business School public lecture on 12th February 2014. Further information on the lecture can be found here http://www.henley.ac.uk/events/public-lecture-the-making-of-the-modern-british-home
Module Convenor for Marketing & Consumer Society (MMM045); Study and Research Skills: Sources, Methods, and Practice (MMM070); Introduction to Thesis Literature Review (MMM098); MBA Business Project (MWM014); MBA Dissertation (MWM015); Study skills for managers (MWM013). Teacher on EC243 (Economic History).
Papers (last ten years only):
Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2012), `Working class household consumption smoothing in interwar Britain’, Journal of Economic History, 72 (3). pp. 797-825. ISSN 1471-6372
Scott, P. (2012), `The determinants of competitive success in the interwar British radio industry,’ Economic History Review, 65 (4). pp. 1303-25. ISSN 1468-0289
Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2012), `The British “failure” that never was? The Anglo-American “productivity gap” in large scale interwar retailing – evidence from the department store sector,’ Economic History Review, 65 (1). pp. 277-303. ISSN 1468-0289
Scott P. and Newton, L. (2012), `Advertising, promotion, and the rise of a national building society movement in interwar Britain’, Business History, 54, (3). pp. 399-423.
Scott, P. (2011), `Still a niche communications medium: the diffusion and uses of the telephone system in interwar Britain’, Business History, 53 (6). pp. 801-820. ISSN 1743-7938
Gazeley, I., Newell, A., and Scott, P. (2011), `Why was urban overcrowding much more severe in Scotland than in the rest of the British Isles? Evidence from the first (1904) official household expenditure survey’, European Review of Economic History, 15 (1). pp. 127-51. ISSN 1361-4916
Scott, P. and Spadavecchia, A. (2011) Did the 48-hour week damage Britain's industrial competitiveness? Economic History Review, 64 (4). pp. 1266-1288. ISSN 1468-0289
Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2011) Power to the people: working-class demand for household power in 1930s Britain. Oxford Economic Papers. ISSN 1464-3812 (In Press)
Scott, P. M. and Walker, J. (2011) Sales and advertising expenditure for interwar American department stores. The Journal of Economic History, 71 (1). pp. 40-69. ISSN 1471-6372
Scott, P. M. and Walker, J. T. (2010) Advertising, promotion, and the competitive advantage of interwar British department stores. Economic History Review, 63 (4). pp. 1105-1128. ISSN 1468-0289
Scott, P. (2009) Mr Drage, Mr Everyman, and the creation of a mass market for domestic furniture in interwar Britain. Economic History Review, 62 (4). pp. 802-827. ISSN 1468-0289
Scott, P. (2008) Did owner-occupation lead to smaller families for interwar working-class households. Economic History Review, 61 (1). pp. 99-124. ISSN 1468-0289
Scott, P. (2008) Marketing mass home ownership and the creation of the modern working-class consumer in inter-war Britain. Business History, 50 (1). pp. 4-25. ISSN 1743-7938
Scott, P. (2008) Managing door-to-door sales of vacuum cleaners in interwar Britain. Business History Review, 82 (4). pp. 761-788. ISSN 2044-768X
Scott, P. and Newton, L. (2007) Jealous monopolists? British banks and responses to the Macmillan gap during the 1930s. Enterprise & Society, 8 (4). pp. 881-919. ISSN 1467-2235
Scott, P. (2006) Path dependence, fragmented property rights and the slow diffusion of high throughput technologies in inter-war British coal mining. Business History, 48 (1). pp. 20-42. ISSN 1743-7938
Scott, P. and Walsh, P. (2005) New manufacturing plant formation, clustering and locational externalities in 1930s Britain. Business History, 47 (2). pp. 190-218. ISSN 1743-7938
Scott, P. and Walsh, P. (2004) Patterns and determinants of manufacturing plant location in interwar London. Economic History Review, 57 (1). pp. 109-141. ISSN 1468-0289
Scott, P. (2004) Sources on communities of British manufacturing plans and their activities. Business Archives Sources and History, 88. pp. 25-30.
Scott, P. (2002) The twilight world of interwar British hire purchase. Past & Present, 177 (1). pp. 195-225. ISSN 1477-464X
Scott, P. (2013) The Making of the Modern British Home: The Suburban Semi and Family Life between the Wars. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 304. ISBN 978-0-19-967720-7
Scott, P. (2007) Triumph of the south: a regional economic history of early twentieth century Britain. Modern Economic and Social History. Ashgate, Aldershot, pp344. ISBN 9781840146134
Scott, P. (1996), The Property Masters: A history of the British commercial property sector. London, Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0419209508
Recent Book Chapters:
Scott P. (2009), ‘From a solution to a problem? Overseas multinationals in Britain during economic decline and renaissance,' Chapter 6 in Richard Coopey and Peter Lyth (eds), Business in Britain in the Twentieth Century (Oxford: OUP). ISBN 0-199-22600-8
Scott P. (2007)`Consumption, consumer credit, and the diffusion of consumer durables', in Francesca Carnevali and Julie-Marie Strange (eds), 20th Century Britain. Economic, Social and Cultural Change, 2nd edn. (Harlow: Pearson). ISBN 978-0-582-77287-8
Scott, P. (2004) `British regional development and policy since 1945,' in R. Floud and P. Johnson (eds), The Cambridge Economic History of Britain, Vol. III (Cambridge: C.U.P.), pp. 332-67. ISBN 0-521-82038-3
Peter has presented papers at the conferences of all the major UK, American, European, and international economic or business history societies.
Contributions to radio and TV programmes:
Historical consultant for the Blakeway TV documentary A Tale of Two Britains (first broadcast on BBC4, Wednesday 21st October 2009).
Featured historian on two episodes of Radio 4’s The Long View:
Contributor to several other radio programmes, including Broadcasting House, and PM.