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Enterprise & Society

Published by Cambridge University Press, Enterprise & Society offers a forum for research on the historical relations between businesses and their larger political, cultural, institutional, social, and economic contexts. The journal aims to be truly international in scope. Studies focused on individual firms and industries and grounded in a broad historical framework are welcome, as are innovative applications of economic or management theories to business and its context. 

Business and Economic History On-Line

A selection of papers presented at the Business History Conference's annual meetings. BEH On-Line is the successor to the print journal Business and Economic History, published 1962-1999.

Recent Updates

Markets, Monetary and Financial Uses of Silver in North America (17–19th centuries)

Jane Knodell (University of Vermont) and Manuel Bautista Gonzalez (Columbia University) are interested in assembling a session on markets, the monetary and financial uses of silver, and the actors involved in its intermediation in North America (17th-19th centuries) for the 2020 annual meeting of the Business History Conference (Charlotte, NC, March 12–14, 2020).

- Jane would like to present a paper about how the colony of Massachusetts handled silver money during and after the establishment of its mint (1650–1720), with special attention to the role of merchants and silversmiths in silver markets and monetary policymaking from the period of reference until the late 18th century.

- Manuel would like to present a paper about the use of Mexican silver dollars in New Orleans between 1838 and 1862 and the implications (at the firm and individual levels) of merchants controlling such hard-powered currency for the provision of liquidity in antebellum financial and trade circuits.

Sharon Ann Murphy (Providence College) has kindly agreed to be considered as chair/discussant for the panel.

Human Collaboration: Insights from the Human Sciences for Business History

The human sciences span a panoply of disciplines dedicated to understanding biological, social, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of human nature.  These disciplines include, among others, anthropology, psychology, sociology, evolutionary biology and biochemistry, genetics, the neurosciences, philosophy, and, not least, history.  In recent decades many of these disciplines have fundamentally revamped their understandings of human nature and human behavior, including issues related to selfishness, altruism, and cooperation.  For example, BHC members likely are aware of the impact of cognitive psychology in launching behavioral economics, which in turn has challenged to homo economicus.

The goal of this panel is to bring a variety of non-history human science perspectives to bear on the 2020 conference theme, cooperation in business and business history.  My own paper will focus on recent work in evolutionary biology and anthropology related to human cooperation and its implications for business history.  I welcome hearing from those interested in speaking about key findings from other human sciences as they relate to the ways people cooperate, or spurn cooperation, especially as related to material possession and exchange.  Please write to me at dsicilia@umd.edu.


David Sicilia

Associate Professor of History and Henry Kaufman Chair in Financial History

“Business Collaboration in Post-World War II Developing Economies”

Philip Scranton, Rutgers University

The upcoming BHC conference in Charlotte, NC has identified its core theme as “Collaboration in Business and Business History.” As the focus of business historical research is steadily expanding geographically beyond the discipline’s customary terrains (the Western Hemisphere and Western Europe), it is timely to assemble a set of papers that explore: 1) inter-firm cooperation; 2) state-enterprise collaboration; and/or 3) worker/farmer cooperatives in developing or post-colonial economies  (Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia) after 1945.  Themes of especial interest include: crossing boundaries between licit and illicit collaboration; regulating cooperation; the creation of collaborative institutions and networks; developing and managing cooperative projects; the emergence and consequences of internal conflict; and the legal foundations for (and implications of) partnerships between states and firms or among firms.  My contribution to this discussion will be a paper on “Subversive Entrepreneurship in Communist Hungary,” which outlines the ambiguous collaboration between profit- and market-oriented enterprises and state-owned firms that were struggling with the inadequacies of central planning (1950s-60s)

Anyone interested should send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to: scranton@rutgers.edu 

The 2020 BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place in Charlotte Wednesday March 11 and Thursday March 12.

Recent Prize Recipients

Hagley Prize in Business History
Per H. Hansen, Professor in the Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
Philip Scranton Best Article Prize

Honorable Mention

Richard Popp, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History
Ghassan Moazzin, JSPS International Research Fellow, The University of Tokyo
K. Austin Kerr Prize
Alastair Y. Su , Stanford University
K. Austin Kerr Prize

Honorable Mention

Kate Epstein, Rutgers University, Camden
Mira Wilkins Prize
Valeria Giacomin, Newcomen Fellow, Harvard Business School
Ralph Gomory Prize
Anne Fleming, Professor of Law, Georgetown University