Graham D. Taylor is professor emeritus in the Department of History at Trent University. He is the author of Du Pont and the International Chemical Industry, and The Rise of Canadian Business. He is winner of the 2015 Petroleum History Society Best Article Prize
This authoritative historical study of one of Canada's largest companies provides a compelling contribution to the sparse literature on the relationships between affiliates and parents within large multinationals. Taylor expertly brings out the nuance and evolving nature of Imperial's relationship with its parent Exxon, and delivers a study of significance for all students of the global enterprise.- Geoffrey Jones, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Harvard Business School
Graham Taylor's history of Imperial Oil is a triumph.
Mira Wilkins, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Florida International University
Graham Taylor's broad ranging history of the most important corporate player in the development of the petroleum industry in Canada makes a ground-breaking contribution, not only to the existing literature on the vital oil and gas sector, but also to the broader fields of Canadian business and economic history.- David Breen, Emeritus Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia
This is not a simple case study that narrowly analyzes how yet another Canadian firm was swallowed by a U.S. colossus. Imperial Standard reveals a legacy of complicated dynamics-between subsidiary and parent, between corporation and state-and helps us understand the inception of fossil-¬fuelled industrial capitalism in this country.
- Dimitry Anastakis, Literary Review of Canada
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