Introduction to Business History

This module introduces key themes relating to global business history. It considers how business and enterprise have contributed to the making of the modern world. It looks at key economic actors, agents and institutions of historical change, their forms of organization, their strategies and culture, their relations with state and society and at how economic practices have been shaped by culture. Some of the themes covered will be: the business firm; the nineteenth century revolution in production, distribution, transport and communication; the rise of retailing; integration of mass production and distribution; managerial capitalism; multinationals; state -business relationships; and, culture and capitalism.

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