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.
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.
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.
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UCBH-sem: Seminar on publishing strategies
UCBH-sem: “Who becomes a ‘great’ inventor? Elites, Upper-Tail Human Capital, and Economic Development”
UCBH-sem: ”Smuggling i norr. Globalisering och konsolideringen av Sveriges ekonomiska gränser, 1766-1806”
UCBH-sem: "Inherently Unstable: Our global economic system and its primary destabilizers" (presents a bokchapter)
UCBH-sem: ”Forskningens roll på Centrum för Näringslivshistoria: Projekt, empiri och ekonomi.”
Latest UCBH publications
Lilja, Kristina; Jonsson, Pernilla
Inadequate supply and increasing demand for textiles and clothing: second-hand trade at auctions as an alternative source of consumer goods in Sweden, 1830–1900
Malmström Rognes, Åsa
Review: Brett Sheehan. Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015. 344 pp. ISBN 978-0-674-96760-1, $46.50 (cloth)
Money cards and identity cards.: De-vicing consumer credit in postwar Sweden