- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Notes on the Contributors
- Business History and History
- Economic Theory and Business History
- Business History and Economic Development
- Business History and Management Studie
- The Historical Alternatives Approac
- Big Business
- Family Business
- Industrial Districts and Regional Clusters
- Business Groups and Interfirm Networks
- Business Interest Associations
- Banking and Finance
- Technology and Innovation
- Design and Engineering
- Marketing and Distribution
- The Management of Labor and Human Resource
- Accounting, Information, and Communication Systems
- Corporate Governance
- Business And The State
- Skill Formation And Training
- Business Education
- Business Culture
Abstract and Keywords
Business history as a specific field was not born inside the historical profession. It first appeared in the United States at Harvard Business School, in 1927. N. S. B. Gras held the first chair in business history. Today business history has indeed become universal. For quite a while, however, and in spite of the initial support from the Annales, the value and methods of business history were questioned by many historians. At the same time, the fact that business history could be taught in departments other than history, mostly business administration and economics, meant that its practitioners could come from these very disciplines and that research and teaching in business history brought them in contact with the trends at work in the historical profession. This article assesses the results of this double process for a field that is steeped in two worlds: inside history and outside history.
Patrick Fridenson is Professor of International Business History at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. He previously taught at the University Paris X‐Nanterre, and has been Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. He is the author, co‐author, or editor of several boks, including The Automobile Revolution (Chapel Hill, NC, 1982), The French Home Front, 1914–1918 (Oxford, 1992), Thomson's First Century (Jouy‐en‐Josas, 1995), Histoire des usines Renault, vol. I (Paris, 1998), and the author of many articles. He is a former President of the Business History Conference of the United States and a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic History Association. He is editor of the journal Entreprises et Histoire.
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