Entrepreneurship Meets Nationalism

Christina Lubinski, Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Speaks on "Entrepreneurship Meets Nationalism: A Historical Exploration” at the Faculty Research Fair 2020

February 19, 2020

“I am interested in the role of historical research in management and organization studies, and historical institutionalism.”


In a nutshell, business historian Christina Lubinski is leveraging history to advance scholarship in entrepreneurship. Her work on the relationship between Indian nationalists and German entrepreneurs in the early 20th century shows that in addition to the often studied British colonizers, many nationalities were doing trade and business with India at that time. Lubinski is at the forefront of rediscovering that legacy.

Her most recent paper using historical archival data, “Geopolitical Jockeying: Economic Nationalism and Multinational Strategy in Historical Perspective,” co-authored with R. Daniel Wadhwani, appeared in Strategic Management Journal last March, and in October 2018, her work, “From ‘History as Told’ to ‘History as Experienced’: Contextualizing the Uses of the Past,” was published in Organization Studies.

Lubinski co-edited (with Teresa da Silva Lopes and Heidi JS Tworek) The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business (Routledge 2020), a collection of contemporary research on multinational enterprises. This work spans the Middle Ages to the present day, and shows how firms and entrepreneurs contributed to transformative processes of globalization. In addition to the introduction, Lubinski contributed the chapter, “International Entrepreneurship and Business History,” co-authored with Wadhwani.

Previously, Lubinski authored the monograph Family Business in West Germany: Corporate Governance and Shareholder Relations since the 1960s, (C.H. Beck, 2010), which won the Prize for Business History 2010 by the German Society for Business History. She also co-edited Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization (Routledge, 2013) with J. R. Fear and P. Fernández Pérez. In 2018, Lubinski was awarded the Oxford Journal Article Prize for “Managing Political Risk in Global Business,” with Geoffrey Jones, and in 2015, she won the Henrietta Larson Article Award for “Global Trade and Indian Politics,” published in Business History Review.

Since 2018, Lubinski has served as a professor of clinical entrepreneurship in the USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Prior to that, she was an associate professor at Copenhagen Business School and academic director of its master’s program in organizational innovation and entrepreneurship.

Lubinski has also been a visiting fellow at Universitat de Barcelona, a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC, and a Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School. She earned a Master’s in History and Business Administration and her Ph.D. in Business History at the University of Goettingen, Germany.