Research in business history: From theorising to bizhismetrics

Abe De Jong*

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Empirical work is dominating business history, with a particular emphasis on case research using rich primary sources. I argue that the field of business history would benefit from a balanced combination of theoretical and empirical work. Restoring this balance requires that business historians build theories using their empirical observations. This approach – theorising – may enrich the field of business history and enhance the impact on related fields. I also argue that testing business history theory requires a broad set of empirical techniques, that is, bizhismetrics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-79
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Economic History Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I thank Hugo van Driel, Conrad Heilmann, David Higgins, Kris Inwood, Trevor Kollman and Florian Ploeckl and two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments and discussion.

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© 2021 Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.


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