The Innovative Firm (WORK6119)


The aim of this unit is to examine long run changes in the organisation and management of business enterprises. Against a background of an introduction of business history, the major themes covered include business strategy, marketing, employment relations, financing, governance and technology. While there is no precise chronological period, the main concentration is on the growth of large-scale corporations from the nineteenth century to the present day. A major preoccupation of the unit is to explore the factors that make an innovative firm. Some of these factors include the nature of the market, the regulatory environment, new technology and business leadership. The unit employs historical case studies and a comparative methodology and also evaluates the way in which firms are classified as innovative by business and corporate historians.

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1x 2hr lecture and 1x 1hr tutorial per week


case study reports (50%), seminar participation (10%) and exam (40%)

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