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6 de septiembre de 2010

Latin American Business History: Resources and Research

The Business History Group in Harvard Business School's Entrepreneurial Management Unit and Baker Library Historical Collections are pleased to announce a new online resource - Latin American Business History: Resources and Research (

The Business History Group has made the globalization of research and teaching of business history a high priority and has a strong interest in facilitating research on Latin American business history, especially within the Southern Cone of the continent, initially Chile and Argentina. Our knowledge of Chilean and Argentinean business history over the last century is still limited, and policy makers and business practitioners have few places to look for guidance from the past. This is a substantial loss, since the region offers rich historical data, especially concerning the impact of globalization and economic cycles. This ongoing research program seeks to help fill this gap.


Included in this Web resource are excerpts from oral histories with twenty-one leading business practitioners from Argentina and Chile, conducted by HBS Research Fellow Dr. Andrea Lluch.  Oral history provides a way of recording individual experiences that are not captured in written documents.  It also supplies contextual and personal information not available elsewhere.  These interviews are a valuable resource for research on the business history of Argentina and Chile since the 1960s. The interview transcripts are available only for academic and scholarly research upon request from Baker Library Historical Collections (><



This initiative was coordinated by Geoffrey Jones, the Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School, and facilitated by Sven von Appen, an HBS alumnus and prominent Latin American businessman.  This ongoing project is conducted in association with Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.



Prof. Geoffrey Jones (><>) for additional information on the Latin American Business History Initiative

Baker Library Historical Collections (><>) for additional information on the Latin American Business Oral History Collection