Walter A. Friedman

Lecturer of Business Administration
Director, Business History Initiative

Walter A. Friedman is Director of the Business History Initiative and Lecturer.  He edits Business History Review with Geoff Jones. He specializes in business, labor, and economic history. He is author of Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters (2013) and Birth of a Salesman: The Transformation of Selling in America (2004). He is currently writing a history of large American companies from 1920 to 1980.  He was formerly a Newcomen Post-Doctoral Fellow in Business History and a Trustee of the Business History Conference.


  1. Business History

    by Walter A. Friedman

    Walter Friedman serves as co-editor of Business History Review. He has a special interest in the history of marketing and personal selling, and is author of Birth of a Salesman: The Transformation of Selling in America (Harvard, 2004). He is also interested in the history of economic thought and his most recent project is to trace the development of economic forecasting theories from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. He has recently published in the journal Business History (UK) and in Harvard Magazine.