326 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume constitutes the first available comprehensive business history of Latin America available in English. It offers a unique synthesis of the development of capitalism in Latin America that takes into consideration the complexities of each country, while simultaneously understanding broader commonalities. With chapters written by a group of internationally renowned senior scholars with a long trajectory in business historical research, the volume is divided into two major areas. First, the development of capitalism in some of the major economies of the region (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru) through the lens of management strategic decisions and entrepreneurial activity. And second, the long-term evolution of factors affecting the region’s particular evolution of capitalism and business systems. They include the rise of environmentally sustainable businesses; the impact of crime on entrepreneurial activity; the evolution of family firms, the changing strategies of multinational corporations in the region; the evolution of business groups; the role of female entrepreneurs; and the challenges for conducting business in a region with poor infrastructure. This insightful collection serves both as a straightforward introduction for those looking for a broad understanding of the region and for those interested in conducting comparative studies between Latin America and other areas of the world. It will be of direct appeal to researchers and advanced students of business and economic history and international business in particular.

    Chapter 1: Latin American Business History from the Perspective of the Twenty-First Century

    Marcelo Bucheli, Andrea Lluch and Martín Monsalve Zanatti

    Part 1: Country Chapters

    Chapter 2: A Business History of Argentina: Family Firms, Business Groups, and Foreign Multinationals, 1875-2010

    Norma Silvana Lanciotti

    Chapter 3: Brazil: The Endurance of the Family Firm

    Anne Hanley

    Chapter 4: Business in Chile in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

    Manuel Llorca-Jaña and Rory M. Miller

    Chapter 5: A Business History of Colombia: Regional Diversity and Heterogeneous Entrepreneurship Carlos Dávila Ladrón de Guevara

    Chapter 6: A Business History of Mexico: Continuities and Changes

    Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato Freer and Gabriela Recio Cavazos

    Chapter 7: A Peruvian Business History: From Galleons to Multilatinas

    Martín Monsalve Zanatti

    Part 2: Themes

    Chapter 8: Sustainability and Green Business in Latin America

    Geoffrey Jones

    Chapter 9: Conflict, Crime and Violence: Security Challenges for Businesses in Colombia and Mexico

    Sandra Ley and Angelika Rettberg

    Chapter 10: Families in Business in Latin America, 1870s-2020s

    Paloma Fernández Pérez and Andrea Lluch

    Chapter 11: Latin American Business Groups

    María Inés Barbero

    Chapter 12: Multinational Companies in Latin American History

    Marcelo Bucheli

    Chapter 13: Latin American Businesswomen: A Long-Term Perspective

    Bernardita Escobar Andrae

    Chapter 14: Overland and air transportation in the Andes, 1850-2010

    Xavier Duran


    Andrea Lluch is a Researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET/IEHSOLP) and Associate Professor at the School of Management, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.

    Martín Monsalve Zanatti is Professor and Director of the Digital Humanities Programme at the Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Peru.

    Marcelo Bucheli is Professor at the Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

    A Business History of Latin America is a long-needed book on a dynamic, diverse, and exciting continent. This volume fills an important gap in business history and will serve as a model for similar efforts for other emerging economies.” Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Leman Professor, Harvard Business School

    A Business History of Latin America is an innovative overview that includes case studies on contemporary Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. But the menu of subjects is much richer since it covers families in business in Latin America, business groups, multinationals, security challenges for companies and green business. A great book for courses!” Carlos Marichal, El Colegio de México