Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Digital Resource: University of Auckland Business History Project

The Business School at the University of Auckland in New Zealand instituted a Business History Project to trace the history of some of New Zealand's major businesses. Although the site does not seem to have recent additions, the original impetus to investigate New Zealand's "pioneers in commerce, the firms that they created, and the products and services which became household names" resulted in several company histories, each featuring a company profile; a history of key products and services; and a timeline of key events in the company’s history. Several other projects, including a book of essays, City of Enterprise: Perspectives on Auckland Business History (2006), were also completed.
   (Note that most of the menu links from the project subpages do not work, but the links on the main page listed above do lead to the company histories and information about other projects.)