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
Gunnar Trumbull, Consumer Lending in France and America: Credit and Welfare
Tom Nicholas, “Independent Invention During the Rise of the Corporate Economy in Britain and Japan”
Walter A. Friedman, Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters
Creating Emerging Markets project
Geoffrey Jones and Christina Lubinski, "Managing Political Risk in Global Business: Beiersdorf 1914-1990"
Edward J. Balleisen and David A. Moss, editors, Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Regulation
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.
Executives of today's public companies face a considerably different set of opportunities and constraints than did their counterparts in the managerial capitalism era, which reached its apex in the 1950s and 1960s. The growing importance of corporate governance featured prominently as circumstances changed for those running public companies. This article explores these developments, taking into account high-profile corporate scandals occurring in the first half of the 1970s and the early 2000s, the 1980s “Deal Decade,” the “imperial” chief executive phenomenon, and changes to the roles played by directors and shareholders of public companies.
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Baker Library, Harvard Business School, holds the largest collection of Renaissance Florentine account books outside Italy. The HBS Medici Collection, which comprises more than 150 ledgers and other manuscript volumes, sheds extraordinary light on the business and personal activities of six generations of one branch of Florence's Medici family, and it contains an abundance of unique materials from the late 14th to the early 18th century, with the vast bulk dating from 1400 to 1600.
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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