Business History in Latin America: The Experience of Seven by Carlos Davila

By Carlos Davila

A brand new variation of a e-book first released in Bogot?, this English variation is a vital addition to the literature on Latin American enterprise heritage for a much wider English-speaking viewers, and it'll be of curiosity to company and fiscal historians usually. Essays are incorporated through top monetary historians of Latin the United States from the united kingdom and from different international locations. every one contributor has controlled to narrate the enterprise historical past of a chosen nation to the most tendencies in its fiscal development."...a important addition to enterprise historiography that would consultant students and scholars during the current literature and inspire and direct destiny research."—Hispanic American ancient assessment

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26 and 33. 24 Despite the significant role played by these companies in the later evolution of the Argentine economy, the relevant historiography has treated this phenomenon and its well-known repercussions in a rather disparate manner. 25 The first two general studies of this theme published in Argentina, in contrast, reflected the political and economic situation through which the country was passing at the time they were written as well as the ideology of their authors. At the end of the 1940s Luis Sommi, the well-known Communist militant who has already been mentioned, documented the growth of the principal North American corporations, especially in the electricity industry.

Lewis (eds), The New Institutional Economics and Third World Development (London, 1995). 23 Questions about the value of information, personal networks, and other intangibles in developing or reorientating business enterprise are also relevant here. Once one begins to think along these lines one confronts a further issue, namely the inter-relationships among firms in Latin America and particularly the connections between banks and other firms. Partly because of the secrecy of bankers, partly because of the technical capabilities the historian needs to acquire, the business history of financial institutions has not been anything like as well-developed in Latin America as that of agricultural, commercial or mining enterprise.

Judging from the literature reviewed in the chapters which follow, a further issue which has not received the attention it deserves, whether in the public or private sectors, is industrial relations at the level of the plant or the enterprise, a rather different issue from the institutional histories of trade unions and political action which dominate labour history in Latin America. At the conclusion of his chapter on Chile Luis Ortega comments that ‘there is a whole history yet to be written’.

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