One profile area within the subject of Business History here in Gothenburg is the study of cartels and competition policy in a historical perspective. Other topics that have been focused on in recent years are the changing conditions of the Swedish advertising market, press historical research, society's financialization, networks in business and the business elite.
Another important theme has been early credit markets in Gothenburg, and in particular the demarcation between formal and informal credit markets. The Gothenburg commercial houses have also been the subject of extensive research.
A new project analyzes digitalisation in the steel industry. In a comparative project, small companies and self-employed people in Finland and Sweden are studied during the post-war period and especially as part of regional policy measures. One area that is being established is history methodological issues, focusing on debates that are ongoing within the subject of Business History and especially the role of the business archive.
Ongoing research projects
- De-industrialisation and re-industrialisation: reinventing the Swedish textile and clothing industry 1970–2005
- Understanding international cartels in the 20th century: tracing size and scope
- Digitalisering inom stålindustrin 1970-2020 (in Swedish)
- Imperievinster. Finansmarknadernas globalisering och avkastning på brittiska investeringar i Afrika ( in Swedish)
- Göteborgska massmedier 1920-2021 (in Swedish)
- Professorship in Business History
- Sustainable employment or forced entrepreneurship for weak groups in the labour market? - Ready-to-wear manufacturing and trade in 20th century Gothenburg and Helsinki
Completed research projects
Konkurrenslagstiftningens påverkan på utvecklingen inom cementindustrin i USA och Sverige (in Swedish)
- Swedish research Council
- Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
- Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius Foundation
- Torsten Söderbergs Foundation
- Anna Ahrenbergs fond för vetenskaplig forskning
- Adlerbertska Foundation
- Carl-Olof and Jenz Hamrins Foundation
- Finska Vetenskaps-Societeten