Geoffrey G. Jones and Jonathan Zeitlin

in The Oxford Handbook of Business History

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780199263684
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C


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This book provides a state-of-the-art survey of research in business history. Business historians study the historical evolution of business systems, entrepreneurs, and firms, as well as their interaction with their political, economic, and social environment. They address issues of central concern to researchers in management studies and business administration, as well as economics, sociology, and other social sciences; and to historians. Business historians employ a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, but all share a belief in the importance of understanding change over time. While the prevalence of quantitative methodologies and the consequent need for large datasets has contributed to an overwhelming focus on the United States in many areas of management research, this book demonstrates how far business history has developed into a truly international and comparative field, and how much it has to gain by embracing a more fully global perspective.

Keywords: business history; business systems; entrepreneurs; firms; global perspective

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Subjects: Business and Management ; Business History

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