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Routledge International Studies in Business History


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Recent years have seen an explosion of research in business history. Business history is now seen variously as a key to understanding a vital aspect of the past, a source of parallels and insights into modern business practice, and a way of understanding the evolution of modern business practice. This series is not limited to any single approach, and explores a wide range of issues and industries.

Authors wishing to submit proposals for publication consideration in the Routledge International Studies in Business History series can contact series editors Jeffrey Fear ([email protected]) and Heidi Tworek ([email protected]).

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Pervasive Powers The Politics of Corporate Authority

Pervasive Powers: The Politics of Corporate Authority

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Sara A. Aguiton, Marc-Olivier Déplaude, Nathalie Jas, Emmanuel Henry, Valentin Thomas
September 24, 2021

In an era of systemic crisis and of global critiques of the unsustainable perpetuation of capitalism, Pervasive Powers: The Politics of Corporate Authority critically questions the conditions for the maintenance and expansion of corporate power. The book explores empirical case studies in the ...

Leading the Economic Risorgimento Lombardy in the 19th Century

Leading the Economic Risorgimento: Lombardy in the 19th Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Silvia A. Conca Messina
September 06, 2021

Lombardy, with about 10 million inhabitants, is today the most populated and prosperous region of Italy, and Milan is a renowned capital of art, fashion and design. During the 19th century until WWI, the region gradually became the leader in Italy’s economic development and distinguished itself in ...

The Emergence of Corporate Governance People, Power and Performance

The Emergence of Corporate Governance: People, Power and Performance

1st Edition

Edited By Knut Sogner, Andrea Colli
June 01, 2021

Corporate governance is not just about models of best practice organisation or prescriptions following laws or social conventions. Corporate governance is also about persons of power seeking performance, and they do so in ways that transcend structures and pre-conceived notions of the structural ...

Gendered Capitalism Sewing Machines and Multinational Business in Spain and Mexico, 1850-1940

Gendered Capitalism: Sewing Machines and Multinational Business in Spain and Mexico, 1850-1940

1st Edition

By Paula A. De La Cruz-Fernández
May 06, 2021

Gendered Capitalism: Sewing Machines and Multinational Business in Spain and Mexico, 1850–1940 is a history of the gendered corporation, a study that examines how ideas and ideals about domesticity and the cultures of sewing and embroidery, being gender-specific, shaped the US-headquartered ...

Entrepreneurship in the Age of Empire Colonialism, Collaboration and Exploitation

Entrepreneurship in the Age of Empire: Colonialism, Collaboration and Exploitation

1st Edition

By Sarah Dietz
December 31, 2020

Exploring the interplay of politics and commerce in one of the most dynamic periods of British history, this book traces the fortunes of the India and Eastern Trading Company Limited, established in 1906 to finance a jute plantation in Assam, north-east India. In a watershed period for commercial ...

Innovative Consumer Co-operatives The Rise and Fall of Berkeley

Innovative Consumer Co-operatives: The Rise and Fall of Berkeley

1st Edition

By Greg Patmore
May 05, 2020

Consumer co-operatives provide a different approach to organizing business through their ideals of member ownership and democratic practice. Every co-operative member has an equal vote regardless of his or her own personal capital investment. The co-operative movement can also be an important force...

Business, Ethics and Institutions The Evolution of Turkish Capitalism in Global Perspectives

Business, Ethics and Institutions: The Evolution of Turkish Capitalism in Global Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Asli M. Colpan, Geoffrey Jones
September 19, 2019

This book is the first systematic scholarly study on the business history of Turkey from the nineteenth century until the present. It aims to place the distinctive characteristics of capitalism in Turkey within a global and comparative perspective, dealing with three related issues. First, it ...

The Age of Entrepreneurship Business Proprietors, Self-employment and Corporations Since 1851

The Age of Entrepreneurship: Business Proprietors, Self-employment and Corporations Since 1851

1st Edition

By Robert J. Bennett, Harry Smith, Carry van Lieshout, Piero Montebruno, Gill Newton
July 15, 2019

This landmark research volume provides the first detailed history of entrepreneurship in Britain from the nineteenth century to the present. Using a remarkable new database of more than nine million entrepreneurs, it gives new understanding to the development of Britain as the world’s ‘first ...

Co-operation and Globalisation The British Co-operative Wholesales, the Co-operative Group and the World since 1863

Co-operation and Globalisation: The British Co-operative Wholesales, the Co-operative Group and the World since 1863

1st Edition

By Anthony Webster
March 19, 2019

Globalisation is associated with capitalist multinationals dedicated to the enrichment of wealthy, corporate shareholders. However, less well known is that the English and Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Societies, owned by the growing number of local co-operative societies across the country, were...

Multinational Enterprise, Political Risk and Organisational Change From Total War to Cold War

Multinational Enterprise, Political Risk and Organisational Change: From Total War to Cold War

1st Edition

By Neil Forbes, Takafumi Kurosawa, Ben Wubs
December 13, 2018

Hitherto, the organization of international business has been studied mostly from a managerial point of view or by examining the relationship between firms and the economy. Yet, the development of the modern, multinational firm - the most important type of business organisation - has been strongly ...

The Evolution of Business Interpretative Theory, History and Firm Growth

The Evolution of Business: Interpretative Theory, History and Firm Growth

1st Edition

By Ellen Korsager
September 10, 2018

Firm growth. This concept has interested researchers for generations. Economists have sought to predict and measure firm growth using a host of different variables, while strategic management scholars depict growth as the result of clever analyses and rational resource exploitation. ...

Foundations of Scenario Planning The Story of Pierre Wack

Foundations of Scenario Planning: The Story of Pierre Wack

1st Edition

By Thomas J Chermack
August 23, 2018

Pierre Wack was head of scenario planning at Royal Dutch / Shell Oil in London for just over ten years. He died in 1997. He was a pioneer of what we know today as scenario planning – an alternative and complement to strategic planning. Scenarios explore a variety of possible futures for examining...

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