About Me

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This is the blog of Andrew Smith, a lecturer in International Business at the University of Liverpool Management School.

I teach about international business, organizational change, and financial history. My research interests centre on business and financial history, international business, corporate governance, political economy, and knowledge management.

I am a member of the Academy of Management, the European Group for Organizational Studies, and the Association of Business Historians.

Past research:  My first book, which was published in 2008, was on the financial aspects of Canadian Confederation and the role of the City of London. My second book was a co-edited collection on the history of entrepreneurship in Canada. My third book, which is will be published by University of Toronto Press in January 2014, is an edited collection on globalization and Canadian business.  I have also published a number of articles and book chapters on topics such as the taxation, ethnicity and international capital flows, race and business, entrepreneurship, and banking regulation history.


Presenting in Toronto, May 2014

Correspondence should be sent to: University of Liverpool Management School,  University of Liverpool, Chatham Street,  Liverpool L69 7ZH,  United Kingdom.

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7 responses

3 07 2009

Bang on. The 1860s are my decade too.

21 08 2009
Loren Fantin

Thanks for mentioning the OurOntario.ca portal. However you linked to our Parent organization’s website. To link to the portal where you can search and access content from over 200 libraries, archives, museums and historical societies the url is http://www.ourontario.ca.

Here’s the blurb:
Our Ontario allows for easy findability of digital collections that are about Ontario people, places and events, or are from Ontario organizations. Search results are customizable to suit specific audiences and personal tastes – plot search results in Google Earth, view as an image wall,
and effortlessly share search results with your friends or colleagues by using the social media tools. We’re also outputting data in a number of formats for those of you who want to mash up the data.

5 02 2010
Mac Robertson

Good stuff on this blog. I started to scan material on Canadian Confederation in terms of trying to understand how the current debt crisis with the “PIGS” (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) would play out, remembering in past lifes reading how Canada was formation was more akin to an ignomious bond re-organization exercise, rescueing British merchant banks from the likes of Galt. How it ended fleecing surplus areas of the to-be Canada like Nova Scotia at the expense of cpaitalist and debtors in Upper Canada. How this commerical objective with some immediate catalyst form security concerns of the Fenian Raids and post-Civil War USA was reflected in the shared motto “good order” of the BNA – not at all romantic like “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness”. I make that quip which some in Canada might feel is snide from an American as, though I have lived in USA for last 30 years, I have roots in Cape Breton, educated at UWO, and spent time working offshore trawlers on the Grand Banks and even delivering equipment to the mine face in Elliot Lake – not far from you now. I think I have a good grasp of what is Canada.

You should consider that angle: what does Canada confederation teach us about what might come about in Europe.

Also please email if there is market data I can provide you on the “PIGS” debt – I imagine you have examined closely the debt/markets for Canadian risk circa 1867.

17 02 2010

Hi Mac Robertson,

Thanks for the post. I have certainly considered the parallels between Canadian Confederation and the creation of other big free-trading zones, most notably the EU. I’m not a big fan of the EU (Let me be more precise– I’m not a big fan of the EU officialdom in Brussels) and I think that Confederation was the wrong thing for British North America. But I don’t think the EU is the best analogy for Canadian Confederation. Canada in 1867 had just two languages, whereas the EU has dozens. The EU was a post-conflict healing project: New Brunswick has never fought a war with Nova Scotia.

My book on Confederation has data on bond yield spreads– I used the spreads to determine what British investors thought of Confederation.

7 03 2010

Excellent blog, Mr. Smith!

25 07 2010
Norm Potter

Great work.

13 11 2015

I’m so sorry you have to see such horrific scenes. I work for a radio station in Australia, any chance you’ll be available in about 40 hours for a cross?

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