Corporate History

Corporate history can be defined as a genre of written narrative history that has as its object the history of a corporate body. The term corporate body here refers to a corporation in the broadest sense as an entity that has a proper name and a legal existence, such as business organizations, trade unions, schools, universities, regiments, or municipalities. This entry first covers the prevalence of corporate history in corporate communication, such as websites; corporate history and the philosophy of history; and bias and objectivity in commissioned corporate history. It then gives an example of best practice in commissioned corporate history, details arguments for corporations to commission corporate history, and discusses how corporate histories can deal with the dark side of a corporation’s past.

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