The Business History Initiative seeks to promote research and teaching on the history of emerging markets. This builds on a long tradition at the School. During the 1950s, the Center for Research in Entrepreneurial History produced pioneering studies of business in Egypt, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. The Harvard Studies in Business History series has published major works on the history of global business, as well as studies of Japan and China, including Sherman Cochran’s Big Business in China: Sino–Foreign Rivalry in the Cigarette Industry, 1890–1930.

Creating Emerging Markets

Launched in 2012, the project Creating Emerging Markets is conducting interviews of senior business leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It seeks to capture the story of the development of business systems in emerging economies over the last four decades in order to provide the basis for research and course development. This new project builds on an earlier one that collected the oral histories of leading business practitioners from Argentina and Chile. These interviews are audio recordings with Spanish and English transcripts, and are maintained by Baker Library Historical Collections. The new set of interviews of business leaders working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America will become available during 2014.

 
  • 2008 Argentina

Arturo Acevedo (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Roberto Angelini Rossi (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

Jorge Born (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

Federico Braun (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Ricardo Claro (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2009 Chile

Roberto de Andraca (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

William Engels (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Rafael Guilisasti Gana (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2007 Argentina

Tomás Hudson (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Andrónico Luksic Craig (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Jorge Marín Correa (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Eliodoro Matte Larraín (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

Guillermo Murchison (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

Luis Alejandro Pagani (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Horst Paulmann Kemna (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

Manuel Sacerdote (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Reinaldo Solari (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

Rodolfo Viegener (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Chile

Sven von Appen (interview in Spanish)

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  • 2008 Argentina

Julio Werthein (interview in Spanish)

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