The Centre for International Business History

Introduction to the Centre

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Our Mission

To conduct and disseminate historical research that strengthens, or challenges, our understanding of business policies, practices and performance.  Firms operate within a dynamic and changing environment, and our research examines how entrepreneurs, organisations and institutions have evolved over time.  We are interested in organisations that have endured for generations, responding and adapting to social and technological change as they evolve, as well as the emergence of new organisations (or industries) that have been able to challenge or replace incumbent firms.  We recognise the heterogeneity of organisational forms, and of the business systems of which they are a part.  Our research explores the origins, and evolution, not just of large scale corporate enterprises, but also of SMEs, family firms, and business networks.

Many of the critical issues facing business organisations today (globalisation, rapid technological change, environmental sustainability, regulatory uncertainty, ethical dilemmas) are not in themselves new.  Managers and entrepreneurs have faced similar challenges in the past.  CIBH does not pretend to offer definitive solutions to these issues, but our research allows practitioners and policy-makers to draw from a wider pool of knowledge and experience, so that they can make more informed decisions.

 

Chair of the Centre for International Business and History

The centre is co-chaired by Professor Peter Miskell, Professor of International Business and Media History and Dr Lucy Newton, Associate Professor in Business History.  Peter can be contacted on p.m.miskell@henley.ac.uk and Lucy on l.a.newton@henley.ac.uk

 

Members of the Centre

 

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For more information please contact Valerie Woodley, International Business and Strategy School Administrator by email at v.woodley@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 7667.