‘That Mysterious People’: Jewish Merchants, Transparency, and Community in Mid-Nineteenth Century America

Olegario, Rowena (1999) ‘That Mysterious People’: Jewish Merchants, Transparency, and Community in Mid-Nineteenth Century America. Business History Review, 73 (2). pp. 161-189.

Abstract

In the mid-nineteenth century, American wholesalers began increasingly to rely on credit-reporting agencies to provide information about customers in distant localities. The demand for dependable information, coupled with the dynamism and competitiveness of the American market, helped usher into place a business culture that favored transparency and open networks. This article examines one group of merchants-immigrant Jews-whose traditions stood in contrast to the business elite's growing demand for disclosure.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: History; Jews; Traditions; Minority owned businesses; Disclosure; Credit management
Subject(s): Corporate reputation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 21:01
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/2664

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