Mira Wilkins
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Mira Wilkins

Mira Wilkins (born 1 June 1931) is an American economic and business historian and a world authority on the history of American business and foreign direct investment. She is Professor Emerita at the Department of Economics, Florida International University.

Wilkins received an A.B. from Radcliffe College and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1957. She has been a pioneer in the field of business history, especially in the field of foreign direct investment and multinational enterprises. She has been called the "doyen of historians of international business," and has published numerous major studies in this field.[1][2][3][4] Her most recent book is a study of the role of multinationals in global electrification authored together with Peter Hertner and William Hausmann and titled Global Electrification: Multinational Enterprise and International Finance in the History of Light and Power, 1878-2007.[5] She is a past president of the Business History Conference, which awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.[6][7]


  1. ^ Jones, Geoffrey; Zeitlin, Jonathan, eds. (2009). The Oxford Handbook of Business History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 14, 142. ISBN 9780199263684. OCLC 173498626.
  2. ^ Lee, John. "Mira Wilkins". Department of Economics. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "AIB Fellow: Mira Wilkins". aib.msu.edu. Academy of International Business (AIB). Retrieved .
  4. ^ Whitten, David O.; Whitten, Bessie E., eds. (1990). Manufacturing: a historiographical and bibliographical guide. New York: Greenwood Press. p. 503. ISBN 9780313368196. OCLC 668208291.
  5. ^ Hausman, William J.; Hertner, Peter; Wilkins, Mira (2008). Global Electrification: multinational enterprise and international finance in the history of light and power, 1878-2007. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521880350. OCLC 751508597.
  6. ^ Lee, John. "Mira Wilkins". Department of Economics. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Business History Conference Lifetime Achievement Award | The Business History Conference". www.thebhc.org. Retrieved .

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