Business History around the World
This book offers the first in-depth international survey of current research
and debates in business history. Over the past two decades, enormous ad-
vances have been made in writing the history of business enterprise and
business systems. Historians are documenting and analyzing the evolution
of a wide range of important companies and systems, their patterns of in-
novation, production, and distribution, their financial affairs, their political
activities, and their social impact. This volume is a referencework thatwill be
of immense value to historians, economists, management researchers, and
others concerned to access the latest insights on the evolution of business
throughout the world.
Each essay is written by a prominent authority who provides an up-to-date
assessment of the state and significance of research in his or her area. Part I
debates the identity and parameters of the discipline, followed in Part II by
wide-ranging surveys of the business history literature in the United States,
Europe, Latin America, Japan, and the Chinese-speaking world. Part III exam-
ines international comparative research on multinationals, family business,
and government relations.
Franco Amatori is Professor of Economic History at Bocconi University in
Milan, Italy. He has written extensively on Italian business history. He edited,
with Alfred Chandler and Takashi Hikino, Big Business and the Wealth of
Nations (Cambridge, 1997).
Geoffrey Jones is Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business
School. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books in the field of
business history and is the coeditor of the quarterly journalBusiness History.
COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES IN BUSINESS HISTORY
At the dawn of the twenty-first century the world economy is in the midst
of the most profound transformation since the industrial revolution. Firms,
communications systems, and markets for products, services, labor, and
currencies are all breaking out of national boundaries. Business enterprise