Abstract: Projects as Business History: Surveying the Landscape

Philip Scranton


Alongside or interacting with Business History's default focal points—firms (enterprises, companies, corporations, associations), professions/functions (management, accounting, marketing, finance), and industries (sectors, trades)—is it possible that "projects" can serve as a useful category for business historical analysis? This exploratory essay will offer an overview of this question, seeking to locate business projects among other project activities, to distinguish projects from other sorts of enterprise forms and functions, to outline a plausible range of projects, and finally, to sketch potential relationships between projects and business history, framing a variety of possible, "key" questions for future research.