BINT Project

In 2002, a national research program started: Dutch business in the 20th century (‘Bedrijfsgeschiedenis in Nederland in de Twintigste Eeuw’ or BINT). The program is an initiative of the Business History Research Group of Utrecht University and its Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC). The Netherlands Economic History Archive (NEHA), the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Foundation for the History of Technology at Eindhoven University are also participating.

Dutch business system

The BINT Project has the competitiveness and changing characteristics of the Dutch business system during the twentieth century as its main focus. The goal is to make an in-depth analysis of the most important elements of the Dutch business system and their adaptation over time to the major economic, social and technological developments of the 20th century. The analysis will be internationally comparative because only in this way can the typical Dutch characteristics be highlighted. The analysis will be informed by relevant social theories, particularly, though not exclusively, drawn from institutional economics.



We identified seven themes. Of each theme a book will be published by Uitgeverij Boom.

  1. Entrepreneurs in Dutch business
  2. Human capital
  3. Concentration and competition
  4. Multinationals and Dutch capitalism
  5. Financing and corporate governance
  6. Business and government
  7. Innovation


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