Closure of the Business History Unit
Coinciding with the retirement of its Director, Dr Terry Gourvish, the Business History Unit has been closed at the start of 2015. The Unit was established in 1978 and, under Leslie Hannah as its founding Director, was the first research centre of its kind in Europe. The BHU has played host to a large number of distinguished visitors from the business and academic community, both at home and overseas. The Unit's work also led it into co-operation with related areas of study in the social and technological sciences.
The BHU's mission was to encourage research in business history, provide a forum for intellectual exchange via its regular seminars and occasional conferences, and stimulate comparative and inter-disciplinary work though its visitor programme. The Unit achieved these aims successfully and there are many in the business history community who would acknowledge the debt they owe it.
The Department of Economic History is grateful to Terry Gourvish for his successful leadership of the Unit over a quarter of a century. We are very pleased to announce that he will remain affiliated with the Department and run a new, twice-yearly workshop in business history from the academic year 2015/16.
The BHU Seminar will be superseded by a new seminar series based at LSE on ‘The Economic History of Firms and Industries’, starting in 2015/16 under the convenorship of Dr Gerben Bakker.
Max Schulze, Head of Department, Economic History
The Business History Unit
The Business History Unit was the first research centre of its kind in Europe. Founded in 1978, and sponsored by the Economic History Department, its primary aim was to promote work in all aspects of the field, capitalising on its reputation and status as an international centre.
The BHU's mission was to encourage research in business history, provide a forum for intellectual exchange via its regular seminars and occasional conferences, and stimulate comparative and inter-disciplinary work though its visitor programme.
While BHU's central concern was with the micro-economic analysis of business behaviour and corporate activity, it extended its reach to encompass the study of business in the wider economic, social and political environment.