Lunches are held from 12 to 1 PM in Morgan 350. For more information, please contact Felice Whittum at email@example.com.
Held in Baker 101 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM on Mondays in the fall.Last year's theme was “Business and Political Economy.” The seminar papers dealt with the intersection of business and politics and the history of economic thought. The seminar was organized by Walter Friedman, Sophus Reinert, and Laura Phillips Sawyer. For more information, please contact Felice Whittum at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back in the fall for this year's schedule.
This paper provides a comparative perspective on the role of admen and PR in World War I and World War II. It emphasizes both the continuities and discontinuities in this story. More broadly, it considers the circulation of ideas about economy, society, and politics during this time.
This paper explores the writings of William Douglass (1691-1752), a Scottish immigrant who became a preeminent physician, naturalist, and political polemicist in early eighteenth-century Boston. It examines the deep intellectual and social relations between his work in medicine, natural history, and political economy.
This paper analyzes the close connections between corporations and Chicago’s famous law and economics program. In particular, it examines the pivotal role that the scholar and statesman Edward Levi played in forging and maintaining this mutually beneficial relationship.
This paper provides the first systematic attempt to measure how U.S. corporate law has evolved since 1900. Using three indices developed to measure the relative strength of corporation law across nations, we “score” three key corporate law regimes from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day and show that, contrary to most academic accounts, protection afforded to shareholders has increased over time.
When contemplating the technological achievements that defined the modern era, historians invariably point to the steam engine, the assembly line, and other obvious candidates. This paper, by contrast, examines a far more banal but arguably more essential technology: standard standardized screw threads. The story points to the fundamental importance of a larger "engineering revolution."
This paper examines the history of industrial standardization, showing that the voluntary consensus standard setting (VCSS) process that emerged around 1900 both encouraged participation of interested firms and discouraged interested behavior; to safeguard against railroading by a single interest, it balanced different interests. The paper then looks at the rise, in recent decades, of new standards-setting organizations and methods in the information and communication technology arena that challenge some of the principles underlying the VCSS process.
Report on the conference “Business History in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: Integrating Course Development and New Research” held on June 13–14, 2014
Three collections of roughly 200 syllabi total, which we began collecting for our June 2012 conference on teaching, on the history of business, finance, management, and capitalism.
Papers Delivered at Harvard Business School, June 28, 2012