Research in business history: from theorising to bizhismetrics

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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
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Economic History Review
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • business history
  • methodology

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