1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business

    632 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    632 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business draws together a wide array of state-of-the-art research on multinational enterprises. The volume aims to deepen our historical understanding of how firms and entrepreneurs contributed to transformative processes of globalization.

    This book explores how global business facilitated the mechanisms of cross-border interactions that affected individuals, organizations, industries, national economies and international relations. The 37 chapters span the Middle Ages to the present day, analyzing the emergence of institutions and actors alongside key contextual factors for global business development. Contributors examine business as a central actor in globalization, covering myriad entrepreneurs, organizational forms and key industrial sectors. Taking a historical view, the chapters highlight the intertwined and evolving nature of economic, political, social, technological and environmental patterns and relationships. They explore dynamic change as well as lasting continuities, both of which often only become visible – and can only be fully understood – when analyzed in the long run.

    With dedicated chapters on challenges such as political risk, sustainability and economic growth, this prestigious collection provides a one-stop shop for a key business discipline.

              Part I: Introduction and context

    1. Introduction to the makers of global business
    2. Teresa da Silva Lopes, Christina Lubinski, and Heidi J.S. Tworek

    3. Origins and development of global business
    4. Geoffrey G. Jones

    5. The making of global business in long-run perspective
    6. Mark Casson

    7. International entrepreneurship and business history
    8. Christina Lubinski and R. Daniel Wadhwani

    9. Gender, race, and entrepreneurship
    10. Mary A. Yeager

      Part II: Institutions

    11. Government and regulators
    12. Neil Rollings

    13. Banks and capital markets
    14. Youssef Cassis

    15. The internationalization of executive education
    16. Rolv Petter Amdam

    17. Consultants and internationalization
    18. Matthias Kipping

      Part III: Organizational forms

    19. Guilds
    20. Catherine Casson

    21. Merchants and the origins of capitalism
    22. Sophus A. Reinert and Robert Fredona

    23. Diaspora networks
    24. Gijsbert Oonk

    25. Trading companies
    26. Michael Aldous

    27. Co-operatives
    28. Mads Mordhorst and Kristoffer Jensen

    29. Business groups
    30. Asli M. Colpan and Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra

    31. International business networks
    32. Thomas David and Gerarda Westerhuis

    33. Clusters as spaces for global integration
    34. Valeria Giacomin

    35. Global value chains
    36. Jan-Otmar Hesse and Patrick Neveling

    37. State-owned enterprises
    38. Andrea Colli and Pasi Nevalainen

      Part IV: Industries

    39. Global communications
    40. Heidi J.S. Tworek and Richard R. John

    41. Electric power industry
    42. Álvaro Ferreira da Silva and Isabel Bartolomé Rodríguez

    43. Healthcare industries and services
    44. Paloma Fernández Pérez

    45. Insurance
    46. Niels Viggo Haueter

    47. Entertainment and the film industry
    48. Peter Miskell

    49. Automobiles
    50. Patrick Fridenson and Kazuo Wada

    51. Manufacturing and the importance of global marketing
    52. Paula de la Cruz-Fernández

    53. Luxury
    54. Pierre-Yves Donzé and Véronique Pouillard

    55. Shipping
    56. Gelina Harlaftis

    57. Global commodity traders
    58. Espen Storli

    59. The global oil industry
    60. Marten Boon

      Part V: Challenges and impact

    61. Political risks and nationalism
    62. Takafumi Kurosawa, Neil Forbes, and Ben Wubs

    63. Imitation and global business
    64. Teresa da Silva Lopes, Andrea Lluch, and Gaspar Martins Pereira

    65. Combating corruption
    66. Ishva Minefee and Marcelo Bucheli

    67. Multinational management
    68. Robert Fitzgerald

    69. Business and sustainability
    70. Ann-Kristin Bergquist

    71. Pollution and climate change
    72. Raymond G. Stokes and Christopher W. Miller

    73. The Great Divergence and the Great Convergence

              Geoffrey G. Jones


    Teresa da Silva Lopes is Professor of International Business and Business History and Director of the Centre for Evolution of Global Business and Institutions at the University of York, UK. She is also the President of the Business History Conference.

    Christina Lubinski is Associate Professor at the Centre for Business History at Copenhagen Business School and Visiting Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Southern California, USA.

    Heidi J.S. Tworek is Assistant Professor of International History at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She received the Herman E. Krooss Prize for best dissertation in business history.

    "This important collection of new surveys by leading scholars represents an essential state of the art summary and reflection on the often neglected major contribution of entrepreneurs and firms to the globalisation of business and provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of global business in historical perspective, notably on the role of institutions and organisational forms." – Robert Read, Lancaster University Management School, UK

    "This is a terrific contribution to the broad field of analytical business history, focused on the key actors who have created the global economy. A must read for economists, political scientists, sociologists and strategy scholars with an interest in how international business actually functions." – Alain Verbeke, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Business Studies

    "A major contribution to the history of globalization and capitalism, The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business brings together more than fifty scholars, writing on broad political and social issues as well as institutional and technological ones from the Great Divergence and the histories of gender and race in global entrepreneurship, to value chains and state-owned enterprise. It is a significant and notable achievement that tells the story of how firms helped build the modern global economy." – Walter A. Friedman, Harvard Business School, US