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Routledge International Studies in Business History


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Recent years have seen an explosion of research in business history. Business history is now seen variously as a key to understanding a vital aspect of the past, a source of parallels and insights into modern business practice, and a way of understanding the evolution of modern business practice. This series is not limited to any single approach, and explores a wide range of issues and industries.

Authors wishing to submit proposals for publication consideration in the Routledge International Studies in Business History series can contact series editors Jeffrey Fear (Jeffrey.Fear@glasgow.ac.uk) and Christina Lubinski (cl.mpp@cbs.dk)

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The Age of Entrepreneurship: Business Proprietors, Self-employment and Corporations Since 1851

The Age of Entrepreneurship: Business Proprietors, Self-employment and Corporations Since 1851

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robert J. Bennett, Harry Smith, Carry van Lieshout, Piero Montebruno, Gill Newton
July 22, 2019

This landmark research volume provides the first detailed history of entrepreneurship in Britain from the nineteenth century to the present. Using a remarkable new database of more than 9 million entrepreneurs, it gives new understanding to the development of Britain as the world’s ‘first...

Co-operation and Globalisation: The British Co-operative Wholesales, the Co-operative Group and the World since 1863

Co-operation and Globalisation: The British Co-operative Wholesales, the Co-operative Group and the World since 1863

1st Edition

Anthony Webster
March 19, 2019

Globalisation is associated with capitalist multinationals dedicated to the enrichment of wealthy, corporate shareholders. However, less well known is that the English and Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Societies, owned by the growing number of local co-operative societies across the country, were...

Multinational Enterprise, Political Risk and Organisational Change: From Total War to Cold War

Multinational Enterprise, Political Risk and Organisational Change: From Total War to Cold War

1st Edition

Ben Wubs, Neil Forbes, Takafumi Kurosawa
December 13, 2018

Hitherto, the organization of international business has been studied mostly from a managerial point of view or by examining the relationship between firms and the economy. Yet, the development of the modern, multinational firm - the most important type of business organisation - has been strongly...

The Evolution of Business: Interpretative Theory, History and Firm Growth

The Evolution of Business: Interpretative Theory, History and Firm Growth

1st Edition

Ellen Korsager
September 10, 2018

Firm growth. This concept has interested researchers for generations. Economists have sought to predict and measure firm growth using a host of different variables, while strategic management scholars depict growth as the result of clever analyses and rational resource exploitation....

Reappraising State-Owned Enterprise: A Comparison of the UK and Italy

Reappraising State-Owned Enterprise: A Comparison of the UK and Italy

1st Edition

Franco Amatori, Robert Millward, Pier Angelo Toninelli
August 23, 2018

After a quarter century of almost general condemnation and rebuttal of the entire nationalization experience, it appears that there are second thoughts about governmental direct intervention in the economy. Reappraising State-Owned Enterprise deals with a topic often undervalued in the past decade...

Foundations of Scenario Planning: The Story of Pierre Wack

Foundations of Scenario Planning: The Story of Pierre Wack

1st Edition

Thomas J Chermack
August 23, 2018

Pierre Wack was head of scenario planning at Royal Dutch / Shell Oil in London for just over ten years. He died in 1997. He was a pioneer of what we know today as scenario planning – an alternative and complement to strategic planning. Scenarios explore a variety of possible futures for examining...

The Organization of Transport: A History of Users, Industry, and Public Policy

The Organization of Transport: A History of Users, Industry, and Public Policy

1st Edition

Massimo Moraglio, Christopher Kopper
August 07, 2018

Over the past ten years, the study of mobility has demonstrated groundbreaking approaches and new research patterns. These investigations criticize the concept of mobility itself, suggesting the need to merge transport and communication research, and to approach the topic with novel instruments and...

The Power of Corporate Networks: A Comparative and Historical Perspective

The Power of Corporate Networks: A Comparative and Historical Perspective

1st Edition

Thomas David, Gerarda Westerhuis
August 07, 2018

Corporate networks, the links between companies and their leaders, reflect a country’s economic organization and its corporate governance system. Most research on corporate networks focuses on individual countries or particular time periods, however, making fruitful comparisons over...

The Rise and Fall of the Italian Film Industry

The Rise and Fall of the Italian Film Industry

1st Edition

Marina Nicoli
August 07, 2018

Italian cinema triumphed globally in the 1960, with directors such as Rossellini, Fellini, and Leone, and actors like Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni known to audiences around the world. But by the end of the 1980s, the Italian film industry was all but dead. The Rise and Fall of the...

Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of

Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of "the Devil's Metal"

1st Edition

Mats Ingulstad, Andrew Perchard, Espen Storli
August 07, 2018

For most of the twentieth century tin was fundamental for both warfare and welfare. The importance of tin is most powerfully represented by the tin can - an invention which created a revolution in food preservation and helped feed both the armies of the great powers and the masses of the new urban...

Varieties of Capitalism and Business History: The Dutch Case

Varieties of Capitalism and Business History: The Dutch Case

1st Edition

Keetie E. Sluyterman
August 07, 2018

The financial crisis of 2008 brought new urgency to the question how best to organise national economies. This volume gives a business history perspective on the Varieties of Capitalism debate and considers the respective merits of the liberal and coordinated market economies. It looks at...

Organizing Global Technology Flows: Institutions, Actors, and Processes

Organizing Global Technology Flows: Institutions, Actors, and Processes

1st Edition

Pierre-Yves Donzé, Shigehiro Nishimura
August 06, 2018

Research on the international transfer of technology in economics and management literature has primarily focused on the role of countries and that of companies, in particular multinational enterprises (MNEs). Similarly, economic and business historians have tended to view international technology...

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