Programme PhD Term III Academic Year 2021-22

Course title Global Business & Economic History Area PhD Credits 1.00

Prof. Chinmay Tumbe

Course Description & Objectives
A historical perspective on the evolution of firms, markets and economies broadens the horizon of researchers by providing a larger sample of experiences to understand the world we live in. ‘Business history’ traditionally covers the history of entrepreneurs and firms through micro level studies using qualitative research methods such as archival research and oral histories. ‘Economic history’ usually covers the history of markets and economies at a more macro level using quantitative research methods on historical datasets. A combination of the two provides a micro-macro approach using qualitative and quantitative research methods to understand change and continuity over time. The objectives of this course are:
  • To understand the evolution of businesses and economies, mainly over the past five centuries
  • To understand cross-regional similarities and differences in business and economic histories
  • To engage with multiple themes on Indian business and economic history such as business communities/groups and multinational firms
  • To develop an appreciation of “history” and historical source materials in management studies