Business History & Industry Studies Readings A

Numbering Code G-ECON31 6A606 SE44
G-ECON31 6A606 SE38
G-ECON31 6A606 SE43
Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Wed.2
Instructor name KUROSAWA TAKAFUMI (Graduate School of Economics Professor)
WATANABE JUNKO (Graduate School of Economics Professor)
TANAKA AKIRA (Graduate School of Economics Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The “readings” course series in the field of economic and business history are designed to provide an opportunity to have an intense academic dialogue with ‘classic’ and recent influential works (including books and journal articles) in the field of global- and Japanese economic history. The idea is to tackle these works in full in their original form and not just by reference to them in summarized secondary accounts.
In this course, we will explore the works in international business history area. We will read over the selected influential books and papers in this area aiming to capture the fundamental historical facts and issues and the development of analytical frameworks argued among scholars.
This course is co-taught by three economic/business historians (Watanabe, Kurosawa, and Tanaka), and all students who study under their supervision are strongly encouraged to attend this course, irrespective of their programme, grade, main research language, and research topics.
Course Goals Students will learn narratives and frameworks and the development of international business history (a subcategory of business history).
Students will also attain the basic capability to apply this understanding to their own research and understand its limitations.
Schedule and Contents 1. Orientation

Module 1: Comparative Business History of Trading Companies: Geoffrey Jones (ed) The Multinational Traders, Routledge, 1998.
2. Chapter 1: Geoffrey Jones, Multinational trading companies in history and theory.
3. Chapter 2: Mark Casson: The economic analysis of multinational trading companies.
4. Chapter 5: Keetie E. Sluyterman, Dutch multinational trading companies in the twentieth century.
5. Chapter 10: Kenichi Yasumuro, Japanese general trading companies and ‘free-standing’ FDI after 1960.
6. Chapter 11: Tom Roehl, Is efficiency compatible with history?: Evidence from Japanese general trading companies.
7. Chapter 12: Jean-Francois Hennart and Georgine M. Kryda, Why do traders invest in manufacturing?

Module 2: Up-to-date Researches from business history journals and handbooks:
We will read important articles from “Business History”, “Business History Review”, “Enterprise & Society” and chapters of industry study related handbooks (e.g. Oxford Handbook of Industry Dynamics, forthcoming).
The selection of articles will be discussed with the participants. The selection of papers will be made in consultation with the participants.
8. Business and geopolitics
9. State owned enterprise
10 Industrial policy
11. Maritime cluster
12. Technology and innovation
13. Family firm

14. General discussion.
15. Feed Back.

The above is a tentative plan as of February 2021, and is subject to change.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Methods:
-presentation and contribution to the discussion: 50%
-short writing assignments (2 times): 50%
Point of view and Attainment Level: Understanding the basic topics and capability to utilize the basic analytical concepts of international business history.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Reading of distributed material is required of all participants.
Textbooks Textbooks/References As listed in “Course schedule and contents.”
Reading material will be distributed during the class.
References, etc. Essential reference books will be introduced in each module.
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