Historical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

Charles Harvey, Mairi Maclean, Roy Suddaby

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Abstract

How, why and with what consequences do entrepreneurs engage in philanthropy? This is the focal question of this special issue, and one that has yet to be satisfactorily answered in the literature on philanthropy. We propose that historical research has an important role to play in understanding the motives, methods, rewards, achievements and limitations of twenty-first century philanthropy, commonly identified with aspirational economic and social initiatives led by super-rich entrepreneurs and wealthy philanthropic foundations. History enables us to challenge received ideas by developing a richer, fuller and more nuanced understanding of the origins and evolution of now dominant philanthropic ideas, institutions, organizations and practices. The four articles selected for publication are exemplary in this respect. To establish a fitting context, we first survey the philanthropic landscape from a systemic standpoint, and, based on our own longue durée research findings, offer a number of historical perspectives on entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
LanguageEnglish
Article number1
Number of pages29
JournalBusiness History Review
Volume93
Issue number3
StatusAccepted/In press - 22 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • charitable giving, entrepreneurship, foundations, historical organization studies, philanthropy

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Historical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy. / Harvey, Charles; Maclean, Mairi; Suddaby, Roy.

In: Business History Review, Vol. 93, No. 3, 1, 22.07.2019.

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