Annotated TOC Business History 64-4 2022

Business History‘s issue 64-4 (2022) includes nine original research articles on topics such as women in business, film industry, entrepreneurship, family business, Chinese company history, banking history, mining, State and business, British MNEs, and multinationals.

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In “Women, Uniforms and Brand Identity in Barclays Bank,” Victoria Barnes and Lucy Newton explore how women entered the shop floors of bank branches beginning in the 1970s in the United Kingdom. Barnes and Newton contextualize this shift within ongoing gender norms and explain how specific notions of femininity shaped British banking marketing and branding decisions at the time. 2022. Business History 64 (4): 801–30. Open access

How does the entertainment and film industries look like when there is state intervention? Antonie Doležalová and Hana Moravcová explore the economic and political contexts that led the Czechoslovak Film Industry to become a national industry in the Interwar Years. The title of the article in Business History 64 (4) is “Czechoslovak Film Industry on the Way from Private Business to Public Good (1918-1945).” (781–800), and it is available here:

Pierre van der Eng argues that Chinese business endeavors in Indonesia between 1890 and 1940 were rather heterogeneous regarding ethnic provenance and the nature of the industry the entrepreneurs established in the region. Eng analyzes networking, economic factors, and cultural traits of over 1,600 Chinese firms during in his article entitled “Chinese Entrepreneurship in Indonesia: A Business Demography Approach” published in issue 64 (4) of Business History (682–703). Access the article here:

Examining corporate archival records, companies’ history books and newspaper data of British multinational corporations (Bombay Electric Supply and Tramways, Farmer and Co., Aramayo Francke Mine, Godfrey Phillips, Forestal Land, Timber and Railways, Argentine Land and Investment, Anglo-Continental Supply, Uniliver, Rio Tinto, and others) Ryo Izawa explains tax avoidance strategies shaped corporate strategies over time. Read the article “Corporate Structural Change for Tax Avoidance: British Multinational Enterprises and International Double Taxation between the First and Second World Wars” (704–26) here:

The article “Modern Chinese Banking Networks during the Republican Era” examines interlocking, social networks, and directorates in the Chinese case. The authors Lingyu Kong and Florian Ploeckl apply network analysis methods to study the size, types, and the main components and connections of China’s 1930s banking network. The article is available here (655–81).

Kristin Ranestad explores how ownership and organizational hierarchies and structures in the Early Modern period worked by approaching the case of Norway’s mining sector. The author looks at the role of managers and investors, and also the state, in shaping the Røros mining companies. Read the article “State Reforms in Early Modern Mining: Røros Copperworks and the Role of Workers Managers, Investors and the State in Business Development” here (831–53). Open access

In her latest article in Business History, Anna Soulsby examines how Czech managers made sense of a failed joint venture with German multinationals based on their constructed perception of historically uneven national relationships. Oral histories are the main sources of this study entitled “Foreign Direct Investment and the Undertow of History: Nationhood and the Influence of History on the Czech-German Relationship,” (727–54)

In Aleksandra Wąsowska’s latest article “Organisational Development in the Context of Radical Institutional Change: The Case Study of Poland’s Ursus” the author explores continuity and change through the case of the tractors and agricultural machinery manufacturer Ursus which has a long history going back to nineteenth century through communist Poland up to today’s war in Ukrania. Read the article at

Victor Zheng and Po-san Wan explore how Chinese family business differ from other cultures and region’s patterns and history by looking into the case of Hong Kong’s urban context and the case Ying-Shek. The article “Chinese Culture and Banyan-Tree Style Family Businesses: The Enterprising Family of Lo in Hong Kong” is available here