Author(s): Ian Hunter
Finalist Montana History Award 2008 The Age of Enterprise is an important book, written for a broad audience, which covers an area little touched by traditional historians such as Keith Sinclair, Jamie Belich or Michael King. It shows how entrepreneurship and innovation transformed the New Zealand economy in the late 19th century and sets our experience in context with other similar developments in settler colonies such as Australia and Latin America. In particular, The Age of Enterprise draws on case studies and historical evidence to reveal that the small, organic, rapidly expanding firm was the potent force in New Zealand's growth - the local, smalltime entrepreneur is the hero of this story. By focusing on the shape of our economic history Ian Hunter here fills a major gap in our knowledge of the colonial period which has so far derived largely from the work of social and political historians. First published February 2007. an excellent book . . . no dry management tome . . . a highly readable account of the people and enterprises that changed the nature of New Zealand business during a time of supposed economic calamity. - Graeme Hunt, NZ Herald What makes Age of Enterprise unique is Hunter's use of 130 entrepreneurs' case studies held by the University of Auckland. These provide a wonderful insight into business development between 1880 and 1910 and, with Hunter's help, have the potential to rewrite history. - Graeme Hunt, NZ Herald
Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: History Category 2008.
"This is a very welcome contribution to New Zealands economic and social history. . . . Hunter highlights the essential role of the entrepreneur in New Zealand a century and more ago, and tells us a great deal about the colonial economy in the process." -Dr. Jim McAloon, associate professor of history, Lincoln University
1. The Entrepreneur; 2. Seeds in the ground (1820-1880); 3. The Age of Enterprise (1880-1910); 4. The Problem of Origins; 5. Attitudes to enterprise and industry; 6. Social Capital and Immigrant Entrepreneurship; 7. Overcoming scarcity: Capital and the Entrepreneur; 8. Pursuing Innovation; 9. Risk, Persistence, Focus: A Lifecycle of the Entrepreneur; 10. Conclusion: Roots of Enterprise