Schumpeterian German Firms before an after World War I. The Innovative Few and Non-innovative Many

@inproceedings{Degner2009SchumpeterianGF,
  title={Schumpeterian German Firms before an after World War I. The Innovative Few and Non-innovative Many},
  author={Harald Degner},
  year={2009}
}
A well known problem in business history is the availability of firm specific data. Doing case studies can cause a bias towards well documented firms, sometimes even with their own wellorganized corporate archives. The exploration of these sources often leads to very informative and detailed corporate histories, revealing a firm’s historic network, not only concerning the customers, suppliers, partners and competitors, but also the social and economic environment. How important the explored… Expand

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