Uppsala Centre for Business History (UCBH)


UCBH is located at Ekonomikum, Uppsala University. Photo: Martin Ceije

The Uppsala Center for Business History (UCBH) was established in 2008. It is organizationally and economically associated with the Department of Economic History at Uppsala University. UCBH focuses on research in the fields of business and financial history, intended to yield knowledge about the mechanisms that influence economic development. The centre serves as an important node in a domestic and international network of scholars and research institutes that, utilizing a cross-disciplinary approach, studies the business environment in an ever changing world, the transformation of the economy and the role of the individual and the firm in these developments. The intention is to increase our understanding of current problems and how best to navigate our way into the future. Research on firm organization and its historical evolution, on how markets develop, on strategic choices and on historical successes and failures, all contribute to our store of experiences. It thus increases the flexibility and preparedness among currently active CEOs, middle managers, economic journalists, and other actors.

Besides the research activities, the centre’s affiliated researchers teach academic courses in business history and conduct research assignments for the business sector. UCBH co-operates with several universities in Europe, USA, and Japan as well as with universities and organizations within Sweden. Currently, four professors, twelve affiliated researchers and post-doc researchers, and three PhD students are connected to the centre.

The UCBH is directed by a board with representatives from the academy as well as private companies and financiers. UCBH is financially supported by, among others, the Wallenberg Foundations, Ridderstads Foundation, and Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius Foundation.