Saturday, July 24, 2010

Business Historians Rate "Most Hated" Companies for The Daily Beast

Contemplating the public outrage against BP in the wake of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, online magazine The Daily Beast recently asked a group of commentators, including several business historians, to nominate and rank reviled companies of the past.  Those asked to suggest candidates included Marcelo Bucheli (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Geoffrey Jones and Thomas McCraw (Harvard Business School), and Joe Martin (University of Toronto). The top 13 results (with some commentary) can be found here; a hint about which company ranked no. 1:

"Next!" Political cartoon from Puck, Sept. 7, 1904 (Library of Congress)