1. The International Library of Critical Writings in Business History series

    Series editor: Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School, US

    'The series, The International Library of Critical Writings in Business History, is under the general editorship of Geoffrey Jones of Harvard Business School: he has done a very good job in selecting editors for a range of topics in business history. To the present, sixteen books have been published, covering such subjects as the rise of the multinationals, trusts, anti-trust and regulation; family business structures; and business elites. Each of the editors prepares an introduction and selects a range of articles which illuminate the subject from different angles, while name indexes and suggestions for further reading add to the usefulness of the books.' - Per Boje, Scandinavian Economic History Review 'The volumes in the International Library of Critical Writings in Business History series are useful additions to any college or university library but are essential for libraries with incomplete collections of the major human resource journals.' - Business Library Review '. . . Jones is to be contratulated for lauching a series which combines excellent thematic coverage with subject-specific academic expertise.' - Maurice Kirby, Business History

Books in this series

  1. Women in Business

    Women in Business

    Edited by Mary A. Yeager
    Women in Business is an extensive collection of significant papers which explore the work of women in a wide range of businesses. The selection encompasses path-breaking articles covering all aspects of women’s work in The Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Learn More
    1999   Hardback Price: $ 1,119.00   Web: $ 1,007.10
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  2. The rise and fall of Mass Production

    The rise and fall of Mass Production

    Edited by Steven Tolliday
    This important collection presents in two volumes the most significant papers on the history of mass production and highlights crucial debates in the attempt to understand the phenomenon and its social and economic effects. Learn More
    1998   Hardback Price: $ 518.00   Web: $ 466.20
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  3. Human Resources and the Firm in International Perspective

    Human Resources and the Firm in International Perspective

    Edited by Robert Fitzgerald, Christopher Rowley
    This important new two volume set presents key reading in paternalism and industrial welfare; employee relations and the professionalisation of management; Taylorism and flexibility: technological change and the division of labour; industrial training and skills; and labour and politics are covered in a theoretically informed and critical fashion. Learn More
    1997   Hardback Price: $ 494.00   Web: $ 444.60
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  4. Industrial Research and Innovation in Business

    Industrial Research and Innovation in Business

    Edited by D. E.H. Edgerton
    It is commonplace to acknowledge the role of science and technology, and research and innovation specifically, in transforming the twentieth century world. Other studies, however, focuses on scientific and engineering research in general, or technological systems and paradigms, or on government-funded initiatives. Industrial Research and Innovation in Business concentrates on business and its contribution to innovation and its role in producing and using new technologies. Learn More
    1996   Hardback Price: $ 389.00   Web: $ 350.10
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    Edited by Christopher Schmitz
    This important title provides an accessible collection of key research papers relating to the evolution of giant enterprise in the world’s mining and petroleum industries, together with an introductory essay which reviews the major findings in this field of study. It includes studies of American, European, Japanese and Australian based firms as well as multinational enterprises located in China, Canada, Chile and Brazil. Other papers discuss issues including the activities of price-fixing cartels, government–industry relations, the impact of nationalization, and MNE-–host country relations in the fuel and non-fuel minerals sectors. Learn More
    1995   Hardback Price: $ 403.00   Web: $ 362.70
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    Edited by William Lazonick, William Mass
    In an age of intense international competition, enterprises, regions and nations depend on their organizational capabilities to gain competitive advantage in global markets. This volume brings together critical scholarly contributions to historical and contemporary debates over the origins and characteristics of organizational capabilities that result in competitive advantage. Included are case studies drawn from textiles, chemicals, automobiles, computers and agriculture that illustrate how organizational capabilities generate sustained competitive success. In a new introduction, the editors, who have themselves been in the forefront of analysing the dynamics of innovation and industrial development, provide a state-of-the-art survey of the subject. Learn More
    1995   Hardback Price: $ 381.00   Web: $ 342.90
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    Edited by Mary B. Rose
    Family businesses, have been instrumental in the industrialization of most countries and remain an important dimension of modern economies world wide. Yet analyses of international differences in Western micro– and macroeconomic performance, since the late nineteenth century, have usually been focused upon the rise and capabilities of the American-style business corporation. In this context, while family business has not been without its champions, these firms were often dismissed as inferior alternatives to managerial capitalism and the source of economic decline. As a result they have received, until comparatively recently, less attention than they deserve. This collection of essays which spans more than forty years of scholarship on family business is not confined to the discussion of Western firms. Instead contributions cover their role, capabilities and performance on four continents and include the work of leading institutional and development economists and sociologist as well as business and economic historians. Learn More
    1995   Hardback Price: $ 425.00   Web: $ 382.50
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    Edited by Harold C. Livesay
    This important two volume set focuses on the functional relationship between the entrepreneur and the growth of the business firm. These papers trace the process through which scholars first brought entrepreneurs from the twilight of historical obscurity, broadening our understanding of their crucial role and rediscovering the entrepreneur as the prime mover of economic invigoration in the late twentieth century. Professor Livesay has chosen a selection of key articles and papers in this area – many of which are only available in specialized journals and not accessible in every library. He has also written a new comprehensive introduction to accompany the piece. Learn More
    1995   Hardback Price: $ 747.00   Web: $ 672.30
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  9. Business Elites

    Business Elites

    Edited by Youssef Cassis
    The social history of business leaders has always been considered as an essential ingredient in the understanding of business performance. It has nevertheless remained comparatively neglected by scholars. Learn More
    1994   Hardback Price: $ 412.00   Web: $ 370.80
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    Edited by David J. Jeremy
    This important volume illustrates the diversity of scholarship which has been directed towards understanding the complex process of technology transfer in its business context. The first part considers the theory and process of technology transfer as developed by economists, sociologists and historians. The remainder of the volume presents essays and excerpts on the agencies of technology transfer: artisans and professionals, the state, private business and multinational enterprise. The papers range from the eighteenth century to the present and cover industries from coal and textiles to computers and motor vehicles, in countries as diverse as Britain, the US, Japan, South Korea and India. Learn More
    1994   Hardback Price: $ 403.00   Web: $ 362.70
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    Edited by Geoffrey Jones
    This title contains a selection of the most influential literature on the historical evolution of collaborative agreements in international business. Strategic alliances and other forms of collaboration are prominent features of contemporary business life, but it is seldom realized that such strategies have been extensively employed by firms throughout the twentieth century. This collection of papers – drawn from all periods of the last hundred years to the present day – seeks to explore this rich experience and highlight its importance to present-day debates and to consider the strategies of a wide range of American, Japanese and European firms and industries. Learn More
    1993   Hardback Price: $ 381.00   Web: $ 342.90
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    Edited by Stanley C. Hollander, Kathleen M. Rassuli
    The last decade has witnessed a burgeoning interest in the history of marketing. This authoritative two volume set provides a comprehensive collection of important articles which illuminate the history and development of marketing and marketing thought during the past century. A unique reference tool, this book will be indispensable to marketing researchers and others interested in marketing history. The articles contained within its covers are international in scope, spanning a range of European countries, Japan and the US. Learn More
    1993   Hardback Price: $ 761.00   Web: $ 684.90
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    Edited by Barry E. Supple
    This important reference collection examines the origins and evolution of modern big business, the forms it has taken in the world's leading economies (the United States, Japan, Germany and Britain), its implications for business administration, and its consequences for the relationship between ownership and management. Its emphasis is on the organization and rationale of big business from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. In practice, large companies have played a critical role in the development of all capitalist societies, and the various essays in this collection will assess that role. At the same time, however, it includes material which tries to explain why the corporate form has grown so important (‘internalizing’ many functions and transactions that might have been carried on by individual agents in the market place), and whether the emergence of large scale companies was inevitable, or simply the outcome of an institutional struggle based on power rather than efficiency. Learn More
    1992   Hardback Price: $ 380.00   Web: $ 342.00
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    Edited by Steven Tolliday
    This title takes an international and comparative approach to the crucial relationship between business and government, drawing on studies of developing countries, advanced capitalist economies and the relationship between business and imperialism. The first section looks at the role of government in promoting or slowing business development and in shaping the structures of business enterprise in countries including Japan, Germany, the US, Brazil, India. The second part looks at the interaction between government and the individual enterprise, considering both the impact of government on corporate strategies, on patterns of competition and the interaction of business and national politics in such contexts as depression, war, fascism and decolonization. Learn More
    1991   Hardback Price: $ 342.00   Web: $ 307.80
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  15. Antitrust and Regulation

    Antitrust and Regulation

    Edited by Giles H. Burgess Jr.
    Regulation has been one of the most controversial topics in American business history in the twentieth century. Regulation has been undertaken for a variety of different purposes (some of them conflicting) and there has been constant conflict between goals such as economic efficiency and other desirable targets, such as the ‘public interest’. This volume includes the most important articles and papers on the many conflicting views on the causes and consequences of the American regulation and anti-trust tradition, and makes comparisons with other economies such as Germany, Britain and Japan, where policies have evolved in different forms. Learn More
    1991   Hardback Price: $ 312.00   Web: $ 280.80
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    Edited by Gregory P. Marchildon
    This important title is a collection of the most significant research in business history on mergers and acquisitions. As well as laying the empirical groundwork for all future analyses, the articles selected are those which have changed our assumptions concerning the nature and role of mergers in the development of the modern corporate economy. The legislative attempts in North America and Europe to reverse the trend towards business concentration have also generated much scholarly work. Going beyond the traditional methodology of business history, econometric analysis now permits the testing of various theories of the causes of mergers. This landmark book will be an essential source of reference for any serious student of economics and business history. Learn More
    1991   Hardback Price: $ 340.00   Web: $ 306.00
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