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The Capacity of a Manager: The Rise of Emil Kirdorf and the Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-AG, 1873–1903/04 Die Handlungskompetenz eines Managers: Der Aufstieg Emil Kirdorfs und die Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-AG, 1873–1903/04

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Emil Kirdorf is known for his early promotion activities for the National Socialism. While research has centered his role in financing the National Socialist Party since the second half of the 1920s, this paper considers the conditions of his rise to one of the most influential business managers in the Ruhr-valley in the days of the German Empire. In fact, Kirdorf's future prospect was not promising when he began working in this area in 1871. The weaving mill of his father had crashed and it was only by the mediation of his brother that he was recruited as a finance director (book keeper) for a small coal-mine in the Ruhr-valley. When he was hired for managing the Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-AG, a company that was mainly founded by the Disconto-Gesellschaft in 1873, he became its appointed director. This company developed into one of the greatest coal and steel companies in Europe. Although Kirdorf's authority as a director was highly restricted in the first years, he managed to increase his executive powers by his campaign for concentration and cartelization in the industry.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2017

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  • Founded in 1903, Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte is the oldest German periodical of social and economic history. The international, peer-reviewed journal features original articles in German, English, French and Italian.

    Today, VSWG is edited by Günther Schulz, Jörg Baten, Markus A. Denzel, Gerhard Fouquet and Hans Pohl and deals with all aspects of social history, social developments from the Middle Ages to today, as well as history of finance and economic history.

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