Business, History and Entrepreneurship

Business, History and Entrepreneurship

The Business, History and Entrepreneurship Group dates back to 1974, when teaching and research about Colombian business history was just beginning at the Universidad de los Andes School of Management. The group—comprising scholars from various disciplines (sociology, history, and economics)—studies business people, elites, companies, trade and other associations, and family firms from a historical perspective. It also strives to disseminate research from other regions of the country.

The group has invited a number of British, US, Australian, Spanish, Mexican, and Argentine business historians to the School under the Silla Corona visiting professors program. December 2006 saw the celebration of an international symposium called "Entrepreneurial History in Mexico (1995-2005): Analysis and Comparison with Latin America."

In 2006, the group co-founded the Grupo Cuatrinacional de Estudios Empresariales e Historia Económica, a team of researchers from universities in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and Colombia. Its aim is to advance knowledge on economics and business history using a comparative perspective and to consolidate linkages among the researchers.

The Business, History and Entrepreneurship Group has published a number of books, papers, and monographs.

Colciencias classification

The Business, History and Entrepreneurship Group is recognized by Colciencias (the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia) and classified under category “A.”

Research lines and projects

Entrepreneurial History

1976-2000

  • Origins and formation of regional entrepreneurship in Colombia (1870–1940)
  • The role of immigrants in a country with little immigration (1870-1940)
  • Power, business elites and economic development in Colombia (1950–1975)

Current projects

  • Entrepreneurial history in Colombia’s development (1850-2005)
  • The history of marketing in Colombia (1950–2005), a joint project with the School’s marketing area

Business History

1976-2000

  • The history of large organizations (four): an insurance company, La Equidad, 1970-2000; a savings and housing bank, CAV Colmena, 1973-1994; a beer producer, Bavaria, 1889-1989; and a state entity for regional development, CAR, 1961-1986
  • The history of trade unions and labor relations in Colombia (1960–1990)

Current projects

  • Strategy, structure and performance of contemporary Colombian economic groups (1970–2005)
  • Socioeconomic characterization of Bogota (1870-1890)
  • Colombian and Latin American entrepreneurial history observatory (State of affairs: 1990; 1992; 1996; 1999; 2003; 2008)

Members

Member

Position

Carlos Dávila Ladrón de Guevara

Director and researcher

Marco Antonio Palacio Rozo

Researcher

Luis Fernando Molina Londoño

Researcher

Xavier Durán

Researcher

Beatriz Rodríguez Satizabal

Researcher

Martha Elizabeth Garavito

Researcher

Ana Milena Fayad

Researcher

Julio Zuluaga

PhD student

Holmes Paez

PhD student

Guillermo Ruiz

PhD student  


Colloquiums, Seminars and Workshops

In 2007, the Grupo Cuatrinacional held its first symposium in Cartagena, Colombia, entitled "Trends, Methods and Sources in the Recent Historiographies of Mexico, Spain and Colombia." In 2008, a pre-symposium took place in Bogota, with the Colombian work presented in the second symposium, which took place in Saltillo, Mexico, in 2009. The third symposium took place in Seville, Spain, in March 2010.

The fourth colloquium was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November 2011. The fifth, held in Bogotain October 2012, was supported by the Center for Regional Economic Studies (Centro de Estudios Económicos Regionales), which is part of the Cartagena branch of the Banco de la República.

The Grupo Cuatrinacional has also taken part in the Colombian Association of Economic History (Asociación Colombiana de Historia Económica), which was founded in 2007. It also regularly attends international congresses on entrepreneurial and economic history.

If you have suggestions or comments, or wish to shareinformation about research, events, courses, and publications in the business history field, please email us at boletinGHE@adm.uniandes.edu.co.