Harvard Business Historian Elisabeth Köll will present a lecture, titled “Visible and Invisible Hands in China: State, Market, and Private Enterprise in Historical Perspective.”
Köll, currently associate professor of business administration in the Entrepreneurial Management unit at the Harvard Business School, will join the University of Notre Dame faculty in the Department of History, beginning in the fall of 2015. Her teaching has integrated business and history and includes entrepreneurial management and global business history, the Immersion Experience Program in China that she leads annually, and an elective course, Doing Business in China.
Her research focuses on the managerial, legal, and financial evolution of firms and the role of entrepreneurship in China throughout the 20th century and to the present. She is the author of From Cotton Mill to Business Enterprise: The Emergence of Regional Enterprises in Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2003). Her current research involves the development of Chinese railroads as infrastructure and business institutions and their significance to the economic and political interests of the Chinese state.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and Notre Dame’s Department of History.