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The Routledge Companion to Business History

1st Edition

Edited by John Wilson, Steven Toms, Abe de Jong, Emily Buchnea


394 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Companion to Business History is a definitive work of reference, and authoritative, international source on business history. Compiled by leading scholars in the field, it offers both researchers and students an introduction and overview of current scholarship in this expanding discipline.

Drawing on a wealth of international contributions, this volume expands the field and explores how business history interacts theoretically and methodologically with other fields. It charts the origins and development of business history and its global reach from Latin America and Africa, to North America and Europe. With this multi-perspective approach, it illustrates the unique contribution of business history and its relationship with a range of other disciplines, from finance and banking to gender issues in corporations.

The Routledge Companion to Business History isa vital source of reference for students and researchers in the fields of business history, corporate governance and business ethics.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Discipline of Business History

1. Introduction (John Wilson, Steve Toms, Abe De Jong and Emily Buchnea)

2. Business History: Agendas, Historiography and Debates (Steve Toms and John Wilson)

3. Origins and Development of the Discipline (Matthias Kipping, Takafumi Kurosawa and Dan Wadhwani)

4. Interdisciplinary Approaches and Methodology (David Higgins, Abe De Jong and Hugo Van Driel)

Part II: Business Ownership

5. Personal/Family Capitalism (Andrea Colli)

6. Managerial Capitalism (John Quail)

7. Banks and Private Finance (Chris Colvin)

8. Stock Markets and Financial Capitalism (Andrew Smith and Kevin Tennent)

9. Co-Operatives and Not for Profit Organisations (Tony Webster)

Part III: International Varieties of Capitalism

10. Africa (Gareth Austin)

11. Australia (Simon Ville and David Merrett)

12. Eastern Europe (Martin Kragh)

13. Latin America (Rory Miller)

14. North America (Mark Wilson)

15. Western Europe (Keetie Sluyterman and Gerarda Westerhuis)

Part IV: Institutions

16. Pre Modern and Early Modern (Mark Casson and Catherine Casson)

17. Networks and Clusters (Emily Buchnea)

18. Business Institutions and the State (Bob Millward)

19. Evolution of Corporate Governance (Anna Tilba)

20. Globalisation and International Business (Cheryl Mcwatters and Pierre Gervais)

Part V: Management and Ethics

21. The Managerial (Mitch Larson)

22. Gender and Business (Helen Doe)

23. Financial Crises and Scandals (Steve Toms)

24. Changing Perspectives on Business Ethics (Bernard Mees)

About the Editors


John F. Wilson is Professor and Director of School at the Newcastle University Business School, UK

Steven Toms is Professor and Chair in Accounting at the University of Leeds, UK

Abe de Jong is Professor of Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Emily Buchnea is a Research Assistant at the Newcastle University Business School, UK

About the Series

Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting

Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting are prestige reference works providing an overview of a whole subject area or sub-discipline. These books survey the state of the discipline including emerging and cutting edge areas. Providing a comprehensive, up to date, definitive work of reference, Routledge Companions can be cited as an authoritative source on the subject.

A key aspect of these Routledge Companions is their international scope and relevance. Edited by an array of highly regarded scholars, these volumes also benefit from teams of contributors which reflect an international range of perspectives.

Individually, Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting provide an impactful one-stop-shop resource for each theme covered. Collectively, they represent a comprehensive learning and research resource for researchers, postgraduate students and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History