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Routledge International Studies in Business History


About the Series

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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Family Dynasties The Evolution of Global Business in Scandinavia

Family Dynasties: The Evolution of Global Business in Scandinavia

1st Edition

Hans Sjögren
March 21, 2018

A remarkable fifteen Nordic family businesses are among the 500 biggest companies in the world and the Nordic countries have more dynasties than most others per capita and in GDP terms. The willingness, often reluctant, of both the political system and labour movement to accept asset accumulation ...

Commodity Trading, Globalization and the Colonial World Spinning the Web of the Global Market

Commodity Trading, Globalization and the Colonial World: Spinning the Web of the Global Market

1st Edition

Christof Dejung
February 09, 2018

Commodity Trading, Globalization and the Colonial World: Spinning the Web of the Global Market provides a new perspective on economic globalization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Instead of understanding the emergence of global markets as a mere result of supply and demand or as the ...

Industries and Global Competition A History of Business Beyond Borders

Industries and Global Competition: A History of Business Beyond Borders

1st Edition

Bram Bouwens, Pierre-Yves Donzé, Takafumi Kurosawa
September 22, 2017

Changes in the dynamics of economic activities since the last decades of the 20th century have yielded major changes in the composition of industries and the division of labor and production across different regions of the world. Despite these shifts in the global economy, some industries have ...

World Market Transformation Inside the German Fur Capital Leipzig 1870 and 1939

World Market Transformation: Inside the German Fur Capital Leipzig 1870 and 1939

1st Edition

Robrecht Declercq
May 26, 2017

To the surprise of many, regionally embedded clusters of small to medium sized businesses have continued to exist in spite of industrialisation and mass production. While scholars have discovered that the advantages of embeddedness in terms of industrialisation were situated in interfirm ...

Family Multinationals Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization

Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization

1st Edition

Christina Lubinski, Jeffrey Fear, Paloma Fernández Pérez
August 03, 2016

In contrast to widespread assessments that family enterprises lack sufficient resources and capabilities to go global, many family companies are competing successfully in an increasingly globalized business environment. Worldwide, a large number of thriving multinationals are still family-owned and...

Dutch Enterprise in the 20th Century Business Strategies in Small Open Country

Dutch Enterprise in the 20th Century: Business Strategies in Small Open Country

1st Edition

Keetie E. Sluyterman
January 21, 2016

This is the first book to summarise the twentieth century economic history of the Netherlands from a business history perspective. It has a broad historical coverage of Dutch business development including in particular the major multinationals such as Philips, Shell, and Unilever. Although focused...

The Formative Period of American Capitalism A Materialist Interpretation

The Formative Period of American Capitalism: A Materialist Interpretation

1st Edition

Daniel Gaido
January 21, 2016

Applying certain Marxist categories of analysis to the study of American history, the central thesis of this outstanding book is that the main peculiarity of American historical development was the almost direct transition from a colonial to an imperialist economy. Expertly dealing with such topics...

German and Japanese Business in the Boom Years

German and Japanese Business in the Boom Years

1st Edition

Matthias Kipping, Akira Kudo
June 09, 2015

This edited volume examines the American influence on West German and Japanese industry from the 1950s to the 1970s, providing a valuable contribution to the debate on 'Americanization' from a historical and comparative perspective. Individual contributions provide an in-depth analysis of the ...

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Networks in Europe

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Networks in Europe

1st Edition

Paloma Fernández Pérez, Mary Rose
May 21, 2015

The entrepreneur is involved in the dance of two questions – what is needed and what is possible. The interplay of these two questions is an ongoing process and innovation varies internationally and regionally, depending on differing legal and policy systems, variations in the development of ...

International Business and National War Interests Unilever between Reich and empire, 1939-45

International Business and National War Interests: Unilever between Reich and empire, 1939-45

1st Edition

Ben Wubs
March 04, 2015

This book deals with the activities of the Anglo-Dutch multinational during the war. Given the various threats faced by Unilever during the Nazi period, Ben Wubs argues that it was not self evident that the company would survive the war. Based on research into company sources which were hitherto ...

Region and Strategy in Britain and Japan Business in Lancashire and Kansai 1890-1990

Region and Strategy in Britain and Japan: Business in Lancashire and Kansai 1890-1990

1st Edition

Takeshi Abe, Douglas A. Farnie
December 02, 2014

Highlighting the importance of regional and national differences in industrial development, this book is a pioneering long term comparison of the two regions of Lancashire and Kansai....

The Dynamics of the Modern Brewing Industry

The Dynamics of the Modern Brewing Industry

1st Edition

Terry Gourvish, Richard G. Wilson
December 02, 2014

For the past two centuries, brewing has been a constantly innovative and evolving industry, subject to changes in technology, taste and industrial structure. This ground-breaking book is one of the first to examine the industry from the perspectives of economic and business history. It combines ...

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