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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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Industries and Global Competition: A History of Business Beyond Borders

Industries and Global Competition: A History of Business Beyond Borders

1st Edition

Bram Bouwens, Pierre-Yves Donzé, Takafumi Kurosawa
September 22, 2017

Changes in the dynamics of economic activities since the last decades of the 20th century have yielded major changes in the composition of industries and the division of labor and production across different regions of the world. Despite these shifts in the global economy, some industries have...

World Market Transformation: Inside the German Fur Capital Leipzig 1870 and 1939

World Market Transformation: Inside the German Fur Capital Leipzig 1870 and 1939

1st Edition

Robrecht Declercq
May 26, 2017

To the surprise of many, regionally embedded clusters of small to medium sized businesses have continued to exist in spite of industrialisation and mass production. While scholars have discovered that the advantages of embeddedness in terms of industrialisation were situated in interfirm...

Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization

Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization

1st Edition

Christina Lubinski, Jeffrey Fear, Paloma Fernández Pérez
August 03, 2016

In contrast to widespread assessments that family enterprises lack sufficient resources and capabilities to go global, many family companies are competing successfully in an increasingly globalized business environment. Worldwide, a large number of thriving multinationals are still family-owned and...

Dutch Enterprise in the 20th Century: Business Strategies in Small Open Country

Dutch Enterprise in the 20th Century: Business Strategies in Small Open Country

1st Edition

Keetie E. Sluyterman
January 21, 2016

This is the first book to summarise the twentieth century economic history of the Netherlands from a business history perspective. It has a broad historical coverage of Dutch business development including in particular the major multinationals such as Philips, Shell, and Unilever. Although focused...

The Formative Period of American Capitalism: A Materialist Interpretation

The Formative Period of American Capitalism: A Materialist Interpretation

1st Edition

Daniel Gaido
January 21, 2016

Applying certain Marxist categories of analysis to the study of American history, the central thesis of this outstanding book is that the main peculiarity of American historical development was the almost direct transition from a colonial to an imperialist economy. Expertly dealing with such topics...

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Networks in Europe

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Networks in Europe

1st Edition

Paloma Fernández Pérez, Mary Rose
May 21, 2015

The entrepreneur is involved in the dance of two questions – what is needed and what is possible. The interplay of these two questions is an ongoing process and innovation varies internationally and regionally, depending on differing legal and policy systems, variations in the development of...

The Development of Accounting in an International Context: A Festschrift in Honour of R. H. Parker

The Development of Accounting in an International Context: A Festschrift in Honour of R. H. Parker

1st Edition

T.E. Cooke, C.W. Nobes
February 27, 2014

This volume brings together contributions from the world's most renowned scholars in accounting and celebrates the academic achievements of Bob Parker. Reflecting his multi-faceated contribution to the history of accountancy, the volume studies the development of accounting in an international...

The Multinational Traders

The Multinational Traders

1st Edition

Geoffrey G Jones
October 25, 2013

This book is a detailed account of the evolution and theory of multinational trading companies. The book features contributions from an international selection of US, European and Asian economists and business historians which demonstrate the importance of trading companies in trade and investment...

Trademarks, Brands, and Competitiveness

Trademarks, Brands, and Competitiveness

1st Edition

Teresa da Silva Lopes, Paul Duguid
June 05, 2013

This book examines trademarks and brands, and their historical role in national competitive and comparative advantage and in overall economic growth. The contributors provide an historical account of the contribution of brands in consumer goods to economic growth; examine the...

The Americanisation of European Business

The Americanisation of European Business

1st Edition

Matthias Kipping, Ove Bjarnar
May 08, 2013

This book examines the mechanisms and channels through which American managerial know-how and US management models were transferred to Europe after 1945, as well as the actual influence on European industries, companies and regions in the 1950s and 1960s. It explores the role of the European...

Women and Their Money 1700-1950: Essays on Women and Finance

Women and Their Money 1700-1950: Essays on Women and Finance

1st Edition

Anne Laurence, Josephine Maltby, Janette Rutterford
August 06, 2012

This book examines women's financial activity from the early days of the stock market in eighteenth century England and the South Sea Bubble to the mid-twentieth century. The essays demonstrate how many women managed their own finances despite legal and social restrictions and show that women were...

Technological Innovation in Retail Finance: International Historical Perspectives

Technological Innovation in Retail Finance: International Historical Perspectives

1st Edition

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, J. Carles Maixé-Altés, Paul Thomes
July 27, 2012

This edited volume offers a new and original approach to the study of technological change in retail finance. Documenting developments in the US alongside case studies from  Mexico and Europe, Technological Innovation in Retail Finance addresses the variety of financial institutions that...

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