The Development of Big Business in Sweden

This aim of this research project is to analyse and explain the growth of the Swedish large-scale industry sector after the Second World War. We will especially focus on the differences between family controlled companies and other large-scale businesses. Our research compares the development in different braches of industry and also the role of different institutional settings. The project focuses on the role of entrepreneurship in the development of big business as well as the role of company co-operation (cartels) and mergers. We also evaluate the role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the long-term development of Swedish multinationals. The size and development of companies’ performance is also a vital part of this research project. Through the participation in a European research program it will be possible to compare the performance of Swedish companies with other large companies in Europe.

Participants at Uppsala University:

Mats Larsson
Peter Hedberg
Knut-Erland Berglund

Selection of publications:

Hjerppe, R. & Larsson, M. (2008). Рост и прибыли шведского и финского бизнеса вХХв (Growth and Profits of Swedish and Finnish Large Business during the 20th century). I Зкономическая история ежегодник. Moskva-


Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius Stiftelse

Contact persons:

Professor Mats Larsson, Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen, Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Phone +46 18 471 1232,


Seminars will take place in Ekonomikum, room K425, 1315-1500

29 August

Margrit Müller, Universität Zürich. "The impact of multinationalization on the firms, their home economy and the host countries. The case of Switzerland during the 20th century"

12 September

Amanda Scardamaglia, Swinburne Law School, Melbourne. Presentation of research project on  "Colonial trademarks".