Rakesh Khurana, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession
Anthony J. Mayo, Nitin Nohria, and Mark Rennella, Entrepreneurs, Managers, and Leaders: What the Airline Industry Can Teach Us About Leadership
Polaroid collection held at Baker Library’s Historical Collection
The Creating Emerging Markets project
A case study by Geoffrey Jones
Geoffrey Jones, Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry
Andrea Ryan, Gunnar Trumbull and Peter Tufano, “A Brief Postwar History of U.S. Consumer Finance”
Tom Nicholas, “Independent Invention During the Rise of the Corporate Economy in Britain and Japan”
enable educators, practitioners, and policymakers to learn from the past through rich and nuanced evidence on the key issues faced by the world today. Since the work of Joseph Schumpeter and the Research Center in Entrepreneurial History in the 1940s, Harvard has taken an interdisciplinary and global approach to understanding business history.
Thomas K. McCraw is justly admired as a consummate prose stylist, a talented editor, a perceptive historian of the United States, and an inspiring teacher whose mastery of the biographical form led to a string of elegantly written prize-winning publications that are widely read and often taught. The publication one month before McCraw's death in November 2012 of his last book, The Founders and Finance, provides the occasion for this essay, which contends that McCraw also deserves to be remembered as a founder of two thriving academic subfields—policy history and the history of capitalism—despite the fact that he trained relatively few history PhD students, and rarely appeared in public during the final years of his life as the result of a debilitating illness that greatly limited his mobility.
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During his forty-year tenure at Harvard Business School, the charismatic Doriot taught business and leadership in his celebrated Manufacturing course to nearly 7,000 students. Examine his career as a legendary educator, a founder of the modern venture capital industry, and a U.S. Army general during World War II.
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The current era of globalization, shifting economic power, and financial shocks have many echoes in past events, from which lessons can and should be learned. Business history provides rich and nuanced evidence on the key issues faced by the world today, including the drivers and consequences of globalization, the sources of innovation and entrepreneurship, the role of business in political systems, and the responsibilities of business to creating a more sustainable world. Harvard Business School has a unique record of investing in business history and asserting its role in management education. In 1927 it created the first endowed professorship in the field. It created the first journal in the field, the Business History Review, which it continues to host as the premier scholarly journal. This tradition continues in the current Business History Initiative, announced by Dean Nitin Nohria at the end of 2011. Our goal with the Initiative is to create a multidisciplinary center, international in orientation, for the study of the history of business and of capitalism. → More on Geoffrey Jones
Harvard Business School has a long and distinguished tradition of research in the history of business. Context is always crucial in business decisions. Learning from the past is a vital resource for business leaders. The new Business History Initiative reflects the School’s belief that history matters, to our students today, and to the future. → More on Nitin Nohria