The Oxford Handbook of Business History

Paperback | November 1, 2009

byGeoffrey Jones, Jonathan Zeitlin

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This Handbook 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 centralconcern to researchers in management studies and business administration, as well as economics, sociology and political science, and to historians. They employ a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, but all share a belief in the importance of understanding change over time. 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 and Debates; Forms of Business Organization; Functions of Enterprise; and Enterprise andSociety. 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 Oxford Handbook of Business History is a key reference workfor scholars and advanced students of Business History, and a fascinating resource for social scientists in general.

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This Handbook 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 centralconcern to researchers in management studie...

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, inclu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:736 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573956

ISBN - 13:9780199573950

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Table of Contents

Part I: Approaches and Debates1. Geoffrey Jones and Jonathan Zeitlin: Introduction2. Patrick Fridenson: Business History and History3. Naomi Lamoreaux, Daniel Raff, and Peter Temin: Economic Theory and Business History4. William Lazonick: Business History and Economic Development5. Matthias Kipping and Behlul Usdiken: Business History and Management Studies6. Jonathan Zeitlin: The Historical Alternatives Approach7. Geoffrey Jones: GlobalizationPart II: Forms of Business Organization8. Youssef Cassis: Big Business9. Andrea Colli and Mary Rose: Family Business10. Jonathan Zeitlin: Industrial Districts and Regional Clusters11. W. Mark Fruin: Business Groups and Interfirm Networks12. Jeffrey Fear: Cartels13. Luca Lanzalaco: Business Interest AssociationsPart III: Functions of Enterprise14. Michel Lescure: Banking and Finance15. Margaret B.W. Graham: Technology and Innovation16. Wolfgang Konig: Design and Engineering17. Robert Fitzgerald: Marketing and Distribution18. Howard Gospel: The Management of Labor and Human Resources19. Trevor Boyns: Accounting, Information, and Communication Systems20. Gary Herrigel: Corporate GovernancePart IV: Enterprise and Society21. Geoffrey Jones and R. Daniel Wadhwani: Entrepreneurship22. Robert Millward: Business and the State23. Kathleen Thelen: Skill Formation and Training24. Rolv Petter Amdam: Business Education25. Kenneth Lipartito: Business Culture

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Review from previous edition: "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