With the Special Issue we want to connect to the internationals business and strategy literature that indeed identifies different patterns of internationalisation over time but most often does not consider historical change of the political-economic environment (and of the company) as a particular object of analysis, whereas historians might be more strongly interested in how entrepreneurial activity was carried on, the circumstances under which it was constructed, how it developed and how practices, strategies and narratives changed over time. Also, the question of how a firm’s nationality is perceived and represented in the host country or at its place of origin is relevant in many ways, for instance for political decision makers and for consumers.
The Centre for Business History was established in 1999 with the objective to strengthen the historical dimension in CBS research and teaching.
Today, it consists of 14 people (nine permanent contract, two PhDs, three Assistant Prof. and PostDocs) that share a keen interest in the way history contributes to a better understanding of society and business. As historians at a business university, we focus on business in society. We do this in the broadest possible sense and with an ideal of openness with respect to theoretical approaches and topics.
The Centre is an integrated part of CBS of its research and teaching infrastructure, and, by its international peers, the Centre is regarded as an experimenting and creative major research environment.