East Asian Economic and Business History

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Papers on East Asian Business History at the BHC 2011

The Business History Conference will take place in St. Louis Missouri this year (31 March-2 April). As someone who studies the business histories of China, Japan, and Korea, I was pleased to see that there are several papers about the first of these two countries at this year’s BHC.

Minoru Shimamoto, Hitotsubashi University “R&D Strategy and Knowledge Creation in Japanese Chemical Firms, 1980-2010: Entry and Withdrawal in High-Tech Chemical Markets”

Eugene K. Choi, Hitotsubashi University “Enter the Knowledge: Ways of Modernization for the Meiji Cotton Spinners”

Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University “Peddling Florida Water in Yokohama, ca. 1870”

Di Yin Lu, Harvard University “Professionals in Transition: The Shanghai Art Dealers, 1921-1949”

Nick White, Liverpool John Moores University “Managing Political Risk in International Shipping: The Ocean Group in Eastern Asia and Western Africa, 1950s to 1980s”

Tom Nicholas, Harvard Business School “Hybrid Innovation in Meiji Japan”


Shigehiro Nishimura, Kansai University
“International Patent Control and Transfer of Knowledge: The United States and Japan before World War II”

M. Stephen Salmon, Library and Archives Canada “Transacting a Successful Business”: Knowledge, Informal Empire, and Canadian Life Insurance Companies in China, 1892-1941″

The full program of the BHC is now online.

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