This article undertakes an interdisciplinary examination of the 30-year history of John Brown Engineering Ltd, which was formed out of the engine works of John Brown's shipyard at Clydebank. It seeks to identify the reasons for its creation and survival. The principal factors identified relate to its membership of an English-based group of companies and the way in which it was managed by the group, together with its almost complete dependency on commercial/technological agreements with General Electric of the United States.
McKinstry, S. (1997). The Rise and Progress of John Brown Engineering, 1966-97: US Technology, Scottish Expertise and English Capital. Business History, 39(3), 105-134. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076799700000101