Business History Review
The Business History Review is a scholarly journal that seeks to publish articles with rigorous primary research that address major topics of debate, offer comparative perspectives, and contribute to the broadening of the subject. The journal is primarily concerned with the history of entrepreneurs, firms, and business systems, and with the subjects of innovation, globalization, and regulation. It also covers articles on the relation of businesses to the environment and to political regimes. The Business History Review is published in the spring, summer, autumn, and winter by Cambridge University Press for Harvard Business School.
The Business History Review also bestows two awards. The Henrietta Larson Article Award is given annually to the best article published in the journal for each volume year, as determined by a vote of the Editorial Advisory Board. The 2013 winner was “Patent Alchemy: The Market for Technology in U.S. History,” by Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Kenneth L. Sokoloff, and Dhanoos Sutthiphisal. The Alfred and Fay Chandler book award is given once every three years to the best work in the field of business history published in the United States, as determined by a vote of the Editorial Advisory Board. The 2010-2012 winner was Michael Miller's Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth-Century History.
Harvard Studies in Business History
Harvard Studies in Business History is a series of scholarly books published by Harvard University Press. The series dates back to 1931, with the publication of Kenneth Wiggins Porter’s John Jacob Astor, Business Man, making it the oldest in the field. The series includes books by Mira Wilkins, Alfred D. Chandler Jr., Vincent Carosso and other distinguished pioneers of business history. Among recent titles is Pamela Laird’s Pull: Networking and Success Since Benjamin Franklin, winner of Hagley Prize. The series editors are Walter Friedman and Geoffrey Jones.
Recent & Forthcoming Publications
Critical Issues in Business History (forthcoming Spring 2015)
“Critical Issues in Business History” is a new collection of concise books that analyze major themes in the evolution of business and entrepreneurship and their impact on wealth and poverty, society, and the natural environment worldwide. They aim to offer scholars and students from many disciplines a path into the vibrant literature on the history of capitalism by providing conceptual frameworks that open areas for analysis and question. The books will examine both business processes and individual industries, and address vital issues of debate. What makes some firms and regions innovative, and others not? Why do business systems vary from country to country, and does it matter? What have been the societal costs and benefits of the “creative destruction” that has characterized modern capitalism? What role did business play in the rise of the West, and the current shift of wealth to the East? How have the decisions of business leaders affected the distribution of wealth in national, and international, economies? The series editors are Walter Friedman and Geoffrey Jones.
The business historians at the School engage in extensive course development for the three major MBA electives. There are now approaching one hundred historical cases available, many accompanied by teaching notes and course overview notes. A full list of cases can be found on individual faculty publication pages. A number of them are also available in languages other than English, including Spanish and Japanese. All case and teaching notes can be purchased from Harvard Business School Press.