American Business


This course examines the history of the American business enterprise from the workshop to the multinational corporation.  We will explore the economic, legal and political factors that have helped to shape the business organization.  Specific topics to be addressed include:  relations between government and business; law and the rise of Big Business; the changing role of the entrepreneur; the developments of 'scientific management'; the reputation of businessmen as corporations expanded; the factors behind the rise of the multinational corporation; the importance of the individual(e.g Whitney, Ford, Sloan, Rockefeller, Carnegie, DuPont, etc) in developing business practices.

Students may find it to their advantage to have some background in American economic history (HIUS 2006) or economics; there are however, no prerequisites.  

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


(434) 924-7147
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M-F 8am to 4:30pm
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