1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Business History

ISBN 9780415855563
Published December 20, 2016 by Routledge
394 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

USD $280.00

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Book Description

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 is a vital source of reference for students and researchers in the fields of business history, corporate governance and business ethics.

"This collection is an excellent starting point for understanding the field and finding areas where business history, management theory, and social science can intersect." Canadian Business History Newsletter, January 2019

Table of Contents

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PART I The discipline of business history

1 Introduction

John F. Wilson, Steven Toms, Abe de Jong and Emily Buchnea

2 Business history: Agendas, historiography and debates

Steven Toms and John Wilson

3 A revisionist historiography of business history: A richer past for a richer future 1

Matthias Kipping, Takafumi Kurosawa and R. Daniel Wadhwani

4 A citation analysis of business history and related disciplines

Abe de Jong, David Higgins and Hugo van Driel

Part II Business ownership

5 Personal capitalism

Andrea Colli

6 Managerial capitalism 2.0

John Quail

7 The past, present and future of banking history

Christopher L. Colvin

8 Stock markets and financial capitalism

Andrew Smith and Kevin D. Tennent

9 The ‘third sector’: Co-operatives, mutual, charities and social enterprises

Anthony Webster

PART III International varieties of capitalism

10 African business history

Gareth Austin

11 Australia: Settler capitalism sans doctrines

Simon Ville and David Merrett

12 Enterprise in the Soviet and Soviet-Type-Economies

Martin Kragh

13 The history of business in Latin America

Rory M. Miller

14 North American capitalism

Mark R. Wilson

15 International varieties of capitalism: The case of Western Europe

Keetie Sluyterman and Gerarda Westerhuis

PART IV Institutions

16 Pre-modern and early modern

Catherine Casson and Mark Casson

17 Networks and clusters in business history

Emily Buchnea

18 Business institutions and the state

Robert Millward

19 Evolution of UK corporate ownership and control: Codification,governance, transition and context

Anna Tilba

20 Globalisation

Pierre Gervais and Cheryl S. McWatters

PART V Management and ethics

21 The challenge of management professionalization

Mitchell J. Larson

22 Gender and business: Women in business or businesswomen? An assessment of the history of entrepreneurial women

Helen Doe

23 Fraud and financial scandals

Steven Toms

24 Changing approaches to business ethics

Bernard Mees


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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


"This collection is an excellent starting point for understanding the field and finding areas where business history, management theory, and social science can intersect." Canadian Business History Newsletter, January 2019

The contributions to this collection provide concise and insightful overviews of the development, current state and future research directions of key aspects of the field of business history. Taken together, they capture the methodological, thematic and geographic diversity of a vibrant scholarly discipline with roots in and links to the broader fields of history, economics, management studies and sociology.

Ray Stokes, Professor of Business History, University of Glasgow, Director, Centre for Business History in Scotland, Executive Editor, Business History

Adventurously eclectic, authoritative and thought-provoking, this new handbook, organised in geographic and thematic chapters, is freshly up-to-date. It will be valued by specialist business historians wanting to catch up on missed recent work in related areas and social scientists aiming to deepen their researches by adding a business historical dimension.

 Leslie Hannah, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics.