The Oxford Handbook of Business History

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The Oxford Handbook of Business History has brought together leading scholars to provide a comprehensive, critical, and interdisciplinary examination of business history, organized into four parts: Approaches arid Debates; Forms of Business Organization; Functions of Enterprise; and Enterprise and Society.

The Handbook shows that business history is a wide-ranging and dynamic area of study, generating compelling empirical data, which has sometimes confirmed and sometimes contested widely-held views in management and the social sciences. The Handbook is a key reference work for scholars and advanced students of Business History, and a fascinating resource for social scientists in general.

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"The Handbook's 25 chapters (and its 88-page index) are an admirable demonstration that scholarship in business history is energetic and fruitful, and that research in the field is pushing ahead in new directions. In particular they demonstrate the growing, post-Chandlerian links between business history and adjacent disciplines such as history, economics, economic development, cultural studies and management science."--Business History News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199263684
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Jones is Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Harvard Business School. He previously taught at the universities of Cambridge and Reading, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, in Great Britain. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on the history of international business, including British Multinational Banking 1830-1990 (OUP, 1993), Merchants to Multinationals (OUP, 2000), Multinationals and Global Capitalism (OUP, 2005) and Renewing Unilever (OUP, 2005). He is a former President of both the European Business History Association and the Business History Conference of the Untied States, is co-editor of the journal Business History Review.

Jonathan Zeitlin is Professor of Sociology, Public Affairs, Political Science, and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States where he is also Director of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) and the European Union Center of Excellence. He was previously Lecturer in Social and Economic History at Birkbeck College, London, and Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge, in Great Britain. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on the comparative and historical analysis of business organization, employment relations, and socio-economic governance, most recently Local Players in Global Games: The Strategic Constitution of a Multinational Corporation (OUP, 2005). He is co-editor of the journal Socio-Economic Review, a member of the editorial board of Enterprise & Society, and a former Trustee of the Business History Conference.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures x

List of Tables xi

Notes on the Contributors xii

1 Introduction Geoffrey Jones Jonathan Zeitlin 1

Part I Approaches and Debates

2 Business History and History Patrick Fridenson 9

3 Economic Theory and Business History Naomi R. Lamoreaux Daniel M. G. Raff Peter Temin 37

4 Business History and Economic Development William Lazonick 67

5 Business History and Management Studies Matthias Kipping Behlül Üsdiken 96

6 The Historical Alternatives Approach Jonathan Zeitlin 120

7 Globalization Geoffrey Jones 141

Part II Forms of Business Organization

8 Big Business Youssef Cassis 171

9 Family Business Andrea Colli Mary Rose 194

10 Industrial Districts and Regional Clusters Jonathan Zeitlin 219

11 Business Groups and Interfirm Networks W. Mark Fruin 244

12 Cartels Jeffrey Fear 268

13 Business Interest Associations Luca Lanzalaco 293

Part III Functions of Enterprise

14 Banking and Finance Michel Lescure 319

15 Technology and Innovation Margaret B. W. Graham 347

16 Design and Engineering Wolfgang König 374

17 Marketing and Distribution Robert Fitzgerald 396

18 The Management of Labor and Human Resources Howard Gospel 420

19 Accounting, Information, and Communication Systems Trevor Boyns 447

20 Corporate Governance Gary Herrigel 470

Part IV Enterprise and Society

21 Entrepreneurship Geoffrey Jones R. Daniel Wadhwani 501

22 Business and the State Robert Millward 529

23 Skill Formation and Training Kathleen Thelen 558

24 Business Education Rolv Petter Amdam 581

25 Business Culture Kenneth Lipartito 603

Index 629

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