Cover: The Maturing of Multinational Enterprise: American Business Abroad from 1914 to 1970, from Harvard University PressCover: The Maturing of Multinational Enterprise in E-DITION

Harvard Studies in Business History 27

The Maturing of Multinational Enterprise

American Business Abroad from 1914 to 1970

Available from De Gruyter »

Product Details


$65.00 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674863019

Publication Date: 01/01/1974

Harvard University Press has partnered with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all in-copyright HUP books that had become unavailable since their original publication. The 2,800 titles in the “e-ditions” program can be purchased individually as PDF eBooks or as hardcover reprint (“print-on-demand”) editions via the “Available from De Gruyter” link above. They are also available to institutions in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the Press’s catalog. More about the E-ditions Program »

With this magisterial study of American multinational enterprises, Mira Wilkins becomes the preeminent scholar in the all-important field of business history. A comprehensive work of prodigious research and erudition, her book gives us the history of American corporations abroad from 1914 to 1970. American multinational enterprise is not new. Over time, giant U.S. multinational corporations have crossed political boundaries, so much so that their activities now command worldwide attention.

Harvard Studies in Business History Series Editor Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., comments in his Introduction: “All scholars analyzing the experience of the multinational enterprise will have to rely heavily on the record Ms. Wilkins presents here. Her history must long remain a basic source for historians, economists, and political scientists who wish to explain the rise and continuing domination of large-scale business enterprises in modern market economies, to understand the growth and changes in international and national economies since World War I, and to study the interrelationships between national economic policies and priorities and a changing international economic order.”

This work is wholly self-contained and can be read without reference to its predecessor, The Emergence of Multinational Enterprise: American Business Abroad from the Colonial Era to 1914. Yet the volumes, together, form the first overall history of American business abroad from our earliest times to the late twentieth century.

Awards & Accolades

  • Finalist, 1975 National Book Award, History Category, National Book Foundation
Our Universe: An Astronomer’s Guide, by Jo Dunkley, from Harvard University Press [Pull quote: “A fascinating, accessible introduction to the universe.”—Publishers Weekly]

Recent News

From Our Blog

Jacket, Menander Rhetor. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Ars Rhetorica, edited and translated by William H. Race, Loeb Classical Library, Harvard University Press

Speech! Speech!

Loeb Classical Library General Editor Jeffrey Henderson introduces four new volumes on oratory and rhetoric. In spring 2019 the Loeb Classical Library significantly expands its coverage in an area central to public life in both Greece and Rome: the theory and practice of formal speech. Already in Homer’s Iliad, heroism required

‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library (loebclassics.com) extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.