Geoffrey G. Jones

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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Globalization is a central issue in business history. The radical shrinking of distance that began in the nineteenth century, but which had a much-longer history, transformed the business of firms and entrepreneurs, and the world in which they operated. By the twenty-first century, few firms anywhere in the world, even small enterprises, were unaffected by some aspect of globalization, while large corporations were at the heart of the process. Until recently, much of the business-history literature on globalization was focused on the history of multinationals. There are many literature reviews on this domain. This literature is now being explicitly integrated within the history of globalization. This article extends this approach by focusing on the contribution of business historians to understanding the history of globalization. It suggests that as global perspectives progressively replace national ones, new research agendas and methodologies will need to be employed.

Keywords: globalization; business history; firms; entrepreneurs; research agendas

Article.  11911 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; International Business ; Business Ethics

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