Course Detail

Business in Historical Perspective (33112)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Hornbeck, Richard
  • Content

    This course develops an historical perspective on the modern business environment, with the goal of preparing for seemingly unprecedented business opportunities or challenges. The course explores how businesses have succeeded and failed in diverse contexts throughout history. Topics include: how firms have adapted to the absence of formal legal institutions; the causes and consequences of periods of technological revolution; similarities and differences between the Great Depression and more recent economic turmoil; and exploring determinants of income inequality and who benefits from productivity growth. This course fulfills the Business Environment "Economy" requirement.

    Regarding class modality:  plans are for this course to be taught in-person only.

  • Prerequisites
  • Materials
    Canvas site includes cases, lecture slides and supplementary optional readings.
  • Grades
    Based on class participation, written responses to case discussion questions, and a final exam.
    • No auditors

  • Syllabus
  • Winter 2023Section: 33112-01M 1:30PM-4:30PMHarper CenterC02In-Person Only
  • Winter 2023Section: 33112-81M 6:00PM-9:00PMGleacher Center206In-Person Only
Description and/or course criteria last updated: June 27 2022