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The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business

ISBN 9781032091372
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
632 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

          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

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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