N. S. B. Gras
Norman Scott Brien Gras
|Died||October 9, 1956(aged 71-72)|
|Thesis||The Evolution of the English Corn Market, 1100-1700 (1912)|
|Doctoral advisor||Edwin F. Gay|
|Notable ideas||Business history|
Gras was appointed as Professor of Business History by Dean Wallace Brett Donham in 1927. He invented this new academic discipline, which only existed as his job title at the time. From the outset, Gras made sure to draw a distinction between economic history and business history. For Gras, economic history failed to focus on the role of the businessman as well as the role of business administration. Instead, the main goal of business history was to highlight those two components in the history of corporations and business developments.
Gras served as the president of the Business History Foundation. He was the founder and editor of the Journal of Economic and Business History. He was also the editor of the Harvard Studies of Business History.
Gras died in 1956.
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