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The following course is offered through the Canadian Business and Financial History Program.

Canadian Business History in a Global Context

Instructor: Joe Martin

The main objectives of the course are to help students understand the evolution of business in a Canadian context as well as to give students insights from the lessons of the past. As George Santayana wrote, “those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.”

In analyzing business in Canada special attention has been paid to what Joseph Schumpeter called ‘creative destruction’. The Stern School of Business ‘Diamond of Sustainable Growth has also provided a useful framework for Case analysis. The Diamond covers public policy; the financial system, entrepreneurs and professional managers.

Attention is paid to major issues such as the battles between Free Trade and Protectionism and between those who are pro Foreign Direct Investment and those who are against.

Particular attention is paid to long term shifts both within and without Canada – from Quebec City to Montreal to Toronto and now to Calgary; from France to the UK to the US and now to China and India.