Professor Jeffrey Fear

  • Professor of International Business History or International Economic History (Economic and Social History)

telephone: 0141-330-5553
email: Jeffrey.Fear@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research Interests

  • 20th century German business and economic history
  • competitiveness and internationalization of family/small and midsize businesses
  • history of multinational business and international cartels
  • comparative corporate governance and organization
  • immigrant entrepreneurship

My research ranges across a variety of disciplines although topics tend to center on the nature and development of German business or German and American varieties of capitalism. At present I am researching and organizing collaborative projects on family or small and midsize businesses that are global champions in their market niche and, surprisingly often, multinational companies. The main research question is how such companies evolved in developed countries from their small business roots since the 1970s in the teeth of deindustrialization to become world market leaders and why Central Europe (Germany) appears to have a particular strength in this area. These firms are emerging multinationals from wealthier countries rather than emerging market multinationals or established transnationals.  This topic bridges history, family business, entrepreneurship, and strategic management studies.

The second ongoing project is an ongoing website regarding German-American immigrant entrepreneurship between the Two World Wars. Based on individual biographies and with a rich documentary basis on-line, this project presents a mosaic of individual immigrants from Germany who helped make modern America “America” or Hollywood “Hollywood” such as Carl Laemmle (Universal Studios) or Albert Lasker (Lord & Thomas), a major advertising executive who created such famous brands as Sunkist oranges, Wrigley’s Gum, or Lucky Strike cigarettes. Such immigrants did not just assimilate but transformed America.

Research Contribution / Collaborations

  • Editorial Board, Business History Review from 2005 to the present
  • Editorial Board, Essays in Economic and Business History from 2012 to the present
  • Editor, Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, German Historical Institute from 2010 to the present
  • Kroos Dissertation Prize Committee 2013-2015, Business History Conference
  • Presidential Nominating Committee 2011-2014, Business History Conference
  • Trustee 2006-2009, Business History Conference
  • Co-organizer with University of Southern California, “Los Angeles as a Site of German-American Crossings: A Symposium,” February 2014
  • Visiting Professor, University of Southern California Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies 2013
  • Visiting DAAD Professor, University of Marburg, 2012 with symposium on “Business, Business Associations, and the State after 1945,” July 2012

Books

(available as e-book and hard copy)

With Christina Lubinski and Paloma Fernández Pérez (eds.), Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance and Pathways to Internationalization (Routledge International Studies in Business History) (London: Routledge, 2013)

Organizing Control: August Thyssen and the Construction of German Corporate Management (Harvard University Press 2005)  

Publications

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Jump to: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006 | 2005 | 2003 | 2001 | 1997 | 1993 | 1987
Number of items: 32.

2014

Fear, J.R. (2014) Mining the past: Historicizing organizational learning and change. In: Wadhwani, R.D. and Bucheli, M. (eds.) The Future of the Past in Management and Organizational Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. (In Press)

2013

Lubinski, C., Fear, J.R. and Fernández Pérez, P., (Eds.) (2013) Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization. Series: Routledge international studies in business history. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415836715

Fear, J.R. (2013) Globalization from a 17mm diameter cylinder perspective: Mittelstand multinationals. In: Lubinski, C., Fear, J.R. and Fernández Pérez, P. (eds.) Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization. Series: Routledge international studies in business history (23). Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415836715

Fear, J.R., and Wadhwani, R.D. (2013) Populism and political entrepreneurship: The universalization of German savings banks and the decline of American savings banks, 1907-1934. In: Berghoff, H., Kocka, J. and Ziegler, D. (eds.) Business in the Age of Extremes: Essays in Modern German and Austrian Economic History. Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 94-118.

2012

Fear, J. (2012) Hiding in plain sight: German immigrant entrepreneurship and the shaping of mainstream America. Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 4 .

Fear, J.R. (2012) Heinrich Dinkelbach: Eine Managerkarriere mit Lehre und katholischer Prägung. In: Wessel, H.A. (ed.) Mülheimer Unternehmer und Pioniere im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert: Flexibel - Kreativ - Innovativ. Klartext Verlag, Essen, Germany, pp. 265-290. ISBN 9783837507355

Fear, J.R. (2012) Straight outta Oberberg: Transforming mid-sized family firms into global champions 1970–2010. Economic History Yearbook (Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte), 53 (1). pp. 125-169. ISSN 0075-2800 (doi:10.1524/jbwg.2012.0007)

2011

Deighton, J., Avery, J., and Fear, J. (2011) Porsche: the Cayenne launch. Harvard Business School Cases . pp. 9-511.

2010

Fear, J., and Kobrak, C. (2010) Banks on board: German and American corporate governance, 1870–1914. Business History Review, 84 (4). pp. 703-736. ISSN 0007-6805 (doi:10.1017/S0007680500001999)

2009

Fear, J.R. (2009) Die Zukumft der Vergangenheit: Deutscher Kapitalismus aus der Sicht von Rhein und Ruhr. In: Anna, S. (ed.) Uberschreitungen: das Wechselspiel von Wirtschaft und Kunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Series: Schriftenreihe Stadtmuseum . Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf, Germany, pp. 25-46. ISBN 9783770013463

2008

Fear, J.R. (2008) Cartels. In: Jones, G. and Zeitlin, J. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Business History. Series: Oxford handbooks in business and management . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 268-292. ISBN 9780199263684

Fear, J.R. (2008) Erich Potthoff: Gedanken über die Mitbestimmung mit warmen Herzen und klarem Verstand [English: Erich Potthoff: Thinking about codetermination with a sympathetic heart and sharp reasoning]. In: Feldenkirchen, W., Hilger, S. and Rennert, K. (eds.) Geschichte - Unternehmen - Archive. Klartext Verlag, Essen, Germany, pp. 397-423. ISBN 9783837500073

Fear, J.R. (2008) Mit Umsicht und Eifer: Der Führungsstil August Thyssens. In: Wegener, S. (ed.) August und Joseph Thyssen: Die Familie und ihre Unternehmen. Klartext Verlag, Essen, Germany, pp. 173-212. ISBN 9783898613125

2006

Fear, J. (2006) Banking on Germany? [Teaching Note]. Harvard Business School Cases . 5-706-050.

Fear, J. (2006) Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche (A): true to brand? and (B): made in Germany [Teaching Note]. Harvard Business School Cases . 5-706-056.

Fear, J., and Ketels, C.H.M. (2006) Cluster mobilization in Mitteldeutschland [Teaching Note]. Harvard Business School Cases . 5-707-005.

Fear, J. (2006) BMW (A): ultimately driving away? [Teaching Note]. Harvard Business School Cases . 5-706-056.

Fear, J., Knoop, C.-I., and Linsenmeier, C. (2006) BMW (A): ultimately driving away? Harvard Business School Cases . 9-705-029.

Fear, J., and Linsenmeier, C. (2006) BMW (B): not driving away. Harvard Business School Cases . 9-706-063.

Fear, J.R. (2006) Die vernachlässigte Macht der altmodischen face-to-face Kommunikation in Unternehmen und Betrieb: BMW im Gespräch. Ferrum – Nachrichten aus der Eisenbibliothek, 78 . pp. 100-111. ISSN 1422-9137

Fear, J., and Ketels, C.H.M. (2006) Cluster mobilization in Mitteldeutschland. Harvard Business School Cases . 9-707-004.

Fear, J., and Kobrak, C. (2006) Diverging paths: Accounting for corporate governance in America and Germany. Business History Review, 80 (1). pp. 1-48. ISSN 0007-6805 (doi:10.1017/S0007680500080971)

Fear, J., and Knoop, C.-I. (2006) Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (B): made in Germany. Harvard Business School Cases . 9-706-019.

Fear, J., and Knoop , C.-I. (2006) Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (A): true to brand? Harvard Business School Cases . 9-706-018.

2005

Fear, J.R. (2005) Organizing Control: August Thyssen and the Construction of German Corporate Management. Series: Harvard studies in business history, 45 . Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA. ISBN 9780674014923

2003

Fear, J. (2003) Banking on Germany? Harvard Business School Cases . 9-703-028.

2001

Fear, J.R. (2001) Thinking historically about organizational learning. In: Dierkes, M., Berthoin Antal, A., Child, J. and Nonaka, I. (eds.) Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 162-191. ISBN 9780198295839

1997

Fear, J.R. (1997) August Thyssen and German steel. In: McCraw, T.K. (ed.) Creating Modern Capitalism: How Entrepreneurs, Companies, and Countries Triumphed in Three Industrial Revolutions. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 185-226. ISBN 9780674175556

Fear, J.R. (1997) Constructing big business: The cultural concept of the firm. In: Chandler, A.D., Amatori, F. and Hikino, T. (eds.) Big Business and the Wealth of Nations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 546-574. ISBN 9780521481236

Fear, J.R. (1997) German capitalism. In: McCraw, T.K. (ed.) Creating Modern Capitalism: How Entrepreneurs, Companies, and Countries Triumphed in Three Industrial Revolutions. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 135-182. ISBN 9780674175556

1993

Fear, J.R. (1993) Thyssen & Co., Mülheim a.d Ruhr: Blaupause für die Vereinigte Stahlwerke. In: 900 Jahre Mülheim an der Ruhr, 1093-1993. Series: Zeitschrift des Geschichtsvereins Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, 1 (66). Geschichtsverein, Mülheim, Germany, pp. 405-431.

1987

Fear, J. (1987) Die Rüstungsindustrie im Gau Schwaben 1939-1945. Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, 35 (2). pp. 193-216. ISSN 0042-5702

This list was generated on Wed Dec 17 09:52:12 2014 GMT.
Number of items: 32.

Articles

Fear, J. (2012) Hiding in plain sight: German immigrant entrepreneurship and the shaping of mainstream America. Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 4 .

Fear, J.R. (2012) Straight outta Oberberg: Transforming mid-sized family firms into global champions 1970–2010. Economic History Yearbook (Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte), 53 (1). pp. 125-169. ISSN 0075-2800 (doi:10.1524/jbwg.2012.0007)

Deighton, J., Avery, J., and Fear, J. (2011) Porsche: the Cayenne launch. Harvard Business School Cases . pp. 9-511.

Fear, J., and Kobrak, C. (2010) Banks on board: German and American corporate governance, 1870–1914. Business History Review, 84 (4). pp. 703-736. ISSN 0007-6805 (doi:10.1017/S0007680500001999)

Fear, J. (2006) Banking on Germany? [Teaching Note]. Harvard Business School Cases . 5-706-050.

Fear, J. (2006) Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche (A): true to brand? and (B): made in Germany [Teaching Note]. Harvard Business School Cases . 5-706-056.

Fear, J., and Ketels, C.H.M. (2006) Cluster mobilization in Mitteldeutschland [Teaching Note]. Harvard Business School Cases . 5-707-005.

Fear, J. (2006) BMW (A): ultimately driving away? [Teaching Note]. Harvard Business School Cases . 5-706-056.

Fear, J., Knoop, C.-I., and Linsenmeier, C. (2006) BMW (A): ultimately driving away? Harvard Business School Cases . 9-705-029.

Fear, J., and Linsenmeier, C. (2006) BMW (B): not driving away. Harvard Business School Cases . 9-706-063.

Fear, J.R. (2006) Die vernachlässigte Macht der altmodischen face-to-face Kommunikation in Unternehmen und Betrieb: BMW im Gespräch. Ferrum – Nachrichten aus der Eisenbibliothek, 78 . pp. 100-111. ISSN 1422-9137

Fear, J., and Ketels, C.H.M. (2006) Cluster mobilization in Mitteldeutschland. Harvard Business School Cases . 9-707-004.

Fear, J., and Kobrak, C. (2006) Diverging paths: Accounting for corporate governance in America and Germany. Business History Review, 80 (1). pp. 1-48. ISSN 0007-6805 (doi:10.1017/S0007680500080971)

Fear, J., and Knoop, C.-I. (2006) Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (B): made in Germany. Harvard Business School Cases . 9-706-019.

Fear, J., and Knoop , C.-I. (2006) Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (A): true to brand? Harvard Business School Cases . 9-706-018.

Fear, J. (2003) Banking on Germany? Harvard Business School Cases . 9-703-028.

Fear, J. (1987) Die Rüstungsindustrie im Gau Schwaben 1939-1945. Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, 35 (2). pp. 193-216. ISSN 0042-5702

Books

Fear, J.R. (2005) Organizing Control: August Thyssen and the Construction of German Corporate Management. Series: Harvard studies in business history, 45 . Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA. ISBN 9780674014923

Book Sections

Fear, J.R. (2014) Mining the past: Historicizing organizational learning and change. In: Wadhwani, R.D. and Bucheli, M. (eds.) The Future of the Past in Management and Organizational Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. (In Press)

Fear, J.R. (2013) Globalization from a 17mm diameter cylinder perspective: Mittelstand multinationals. In: Lubinski, C., Fear, J.R. and Fernández Pérez, P. (eds.) Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization. Series: Routledge international studies in business history (23). Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415836715

Fear, J.R., and Wadhwani, R.D. (2013) Populism and political entrepreneurship: The universalization of German savings banks and the decline of American savings banks, 1907-1934. In: Berghoff, H., Kocka, J. and Ziegler, D. (eds.) Business in the Age of Extremes: Essays in Modern German and Austrian Economic History. Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 94-118.

Fear, J.R. (2012) Heinrich Dinkelbach: Eine Managerkarriere mit Lehre und katholischer Prägung. In: Wessel, H.A. (ed.) Mülheimer Unternehmer und Pioniere im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert: Flexibel - Kreativ - Innovativ. Klartext Verlag, Essen, Germany, pp. 265-290. ISBN 9783837507355

Fear, J.R. (2009) Die Zukumft der Vergangenheit: Deutscher Kapitalismus aus der Sicht von Rhein und Ruhr. In: Anna, S. (ed.) Uberschreitungen: das Wechselspiel von Wirtschaft und Kunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Series: Schriftenreihe Stadtmuseum . Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf, Germany, pp. 25-46. ISBN 9783770013463

Fear, J.R. (2008) Cartels. In: Jones, G. and Zeitlin, J. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Business History. Series: Oxford handbooks in business and management . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 268-292. ISBN 9780199263684

Fear, J.R. (2008) Erich Potthoff: Gedanken über die Mitbestimmung mit warmen Herzen und klarem Verstand [English: Erich Potthoff: Thinking about codetermination with a sympathetic heart and sharp reasoning]. In: Feldenkirchen, W., Hilger, S. and Rennert, K. (eds.) Geschichte - Unternehmen - Archive. Klartext Verlag, Essen, Germany, pp. 397-423. ISBN 9783837500073

Fear, J.R. (2008) Mit Umsicht und Eifer: Der Führungsstil August Thyssens. In: Wegener, S. (ed.) August und Joseph Thyssen: Die Familie und ihre Unternehmen. Klartext Verlag, Essen, Germany, pp. 173-212. ISBN 9783898613125

Fear, J.R. (2001) Thinking historically about organizational learning. In: Dierkes, M., Berthoin Antal, A., Child, J. and Nonaka, I. (eds.) Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 162-191. ISBN 9780198295839

Fear, J.R. (1997) August Thyssen and German steel. In: McCraw, T.K. (ed.) Creating Modern Capitalism: How Entrepreneurs, Companies, and Countries Triumphed in Three Industrial Revolutions. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 185-226. ISBN 9780674175556

Fear, J.R. (1997) Constructing big business: The cultural concept of the firm. In: Chandler, A.D., Amatori, F. and Hikino, T. (eds.) Big Business and the Wealth of Nations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 546-574. ISBN 9780521481236

Fear, J.R. (1997) German capitalism. In: McCraw, T.K. (ed.) Creating Modern Capitalism: How Entrepreneurs, Companies, and Countries Triumphed in Three Industrial Revolutions. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 135-182. ISBN 9780674175556

Fear, J.R. (1993) Thyssen & Co., Mülheim a.d Ruhr: Blaupause für die Vereinigte Stahlwerke. In: 900 Jahre Mülheim an der Ruhr, 1093-1993. Series: Zeitschrift des Geschichtsvereins Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, 1 (66). Geschichtsverein, Mülheim, Germany, pp. 405-431.

Edited Books

Lubinski, C., Fear, J.R. and Fernández Pérez, P., (Eds.) (2013) Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization. Series: Routledge international studies in business history. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415836715

This list was generated on Wed Dec 17 09:52:12 2014 GMT.