- 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
Since the 1980s, entrepreneurship has emerged as a topic of growing interest among management scholars and social scientists. The subject has grown in legitimacy, particularly in business schools. This scholarly interest has been spurred by a set of recent developments in the United States. This article begins by providing a brief introduction to the origins and evolution of historical research on entrepreneurship. It then turns to explore a series of different streams of business-history research that deal with issues of entrepreneurship and historical change. The article highlights the ways in which historical context shaped the structure of entrepreneurial activity, and reveals the wide variation in organizational form and entrepreneurial behavior that historians have found. It concludes by discussing the main contributions of business history to the study of entrepreneurship, and proposes a renewed research agenda.
Geoffrey Jones is Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Harvard Business School, United States. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on the history of international business, including British Multinational Banking 1830–1990 (Oxford University Press, 1993), Merchants to Multinationals (Oxford University Press, 2000), Multinationals and Global Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2005), Renewing Unilever (Oxford University Press, 2005), and Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is a former President of both the European Business History Association and the Business History Conference of the United States, and is co‐editor of the journal Business History Review. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.
R. Daniel Wadhwani is Assistant Professor of Management and Fletcher Jones Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of the Pacific in the United States. He previously taught at Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include entrepreneurship and financial system development in historical perspective. His co‐authored paper with Geoffrey Jones, “Schumpeter's Plea: Historical Approaches to the Study of Entrepreneurship”, won the Best Conceptual Paper Prize from the American Academy of Management's Entrepreneurship Division in 2006.
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