Entrepreneurship in medieval England



The paper will review the potential for the history of entrepreneurship as a field of study, and consider its relationship to business history and economic history. The theoretical underpinnings of the subject will be examined. It is argued that entrepreneurship is both an economic function and a personality attribute which does not change over time, but manifests itself in different ways in different places at different times as economic opportunities and institutions change. Using this approach the paper reviews the most important manifestations of entrepreneurship in Western Europe over the period 1200-2000, using a selection of secondary literature. It concludes by proposing a research agenda for the subject.
The Business History Seminar has been made possible by financial support from the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) and the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication.