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BETANCOURT ZARATE, Gilberto. The shift from entrepreneurial history to organisational history. Innovar [online]. 2003, vol.13, n.22, pp. 199-210. ISSN 0121-5051.
Organisational history is founded on Administration, its disciplinary structure, its interaction with other branches of learning. This article centres its attention on entrepreneurial history, a discipline with its roots lying in administration and other disciplines such as economic history and economics. Some notes are therefore made regarding the concept of entrepreneurial history. These include its object of study and its methodological body, transpiring that this discipline approaches realities related to the evolution of companies and entrepreneurs (avoiding becoming involved in really historical studies) without taking purely organisational or administrative aspects into account, as it is centred on the figure of the entrepreneur as the main economic actor. The methodology employed detects serious flaws estranging it from historical method and scientific research. Regarding this, two ways are indicated of overcoming such situations. There is the model of comparative company history (the work of Alfred Chandler), given its closeness to processes of historical research into entrepreneurial production management configurations in European and north-American companies. There is also the model of a new type of history, apprehensive of organisational historic reality, underlining the role of all its shaping influences and phenomena lying between history and administration.
Palavras-chave : History; administration; entrepreneurial history; organisational history; inter-disciplinarity.