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Past, Present and Future directions in the study of the history of retailing

Alexander, Andrew (2010) Past, Present and Future directions in the study of the history of retailing Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 2 (3). pp. 356-362.

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The purpose of this paper is to evaluate some of the recent progress in the study of the history of retailing, with particular reference to analyses of the British retail market during the twentieth century.


Three themes were addressed, each of which has significant potential to enhance our understanding of the historical development of the retail sector. The paper considered both conceptual and empirical contributions to the discussion on the history of retailing, with particular reference to the business management literature. The approach involved a review of recently published literature.


Whilst there have been a number of important additions of late to the retail history literature, considerable scope remains for engagement with, and contribution to, the theory building taking place within business management.

Practical implications

The author identifies some of the lacunae within research on the history of retailing.


The paper illustrates some of the ways in which the study of retailing history can be productively linked with debates within contemporary studies of business management.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Date : 2010
DOI : 10.1108/17557501011067888
Copyright Disclaimer : This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Business history, Retailing, Consumption, United Kingdom
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Jan 2012 11:18
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:29

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