Recently, “The 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia” by Quentin Skrabec, Ph.D., professor of business, was selected as a RUSA/BRASS (Reference and User Services Association/Business Reference and Services Section) Notable Business Reference Source for 2013.
It is one of the highest honors bestowed by the American Library Association (ALA).
Skrabec’s reference book examines the top 100 groundbreaking events in the history of American business and illustrates their influence on the labor laws, business practices and management methodologies of corporate America today. According to Skrabec, the project took five years of research and writing to complete.
“The 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia” depicts the chronological order of events contributing to the evolution of American business, with an emphasis on the commercial innovations of each period. The book explores the origins of successful brands, including Apple, Wal-Mart, and Heinz; demonstrates the successful collaboration between public and private sectors illustrated by the Erie Canal, Hoover Dam, and the interstate highway system; and depicts the commercial impact of major economic events from the Panic of 1857 to the Great Recession of 2010.
In addition to teaching at Findlay, Skrabec specializes in writing books and biographies on American industrial history and American capitalism. He has created a literary Pantheon of American capitalism. His collection of 17 books makes up a Pantheon of Capitalism. He recently published the first biography of glassmaker Michael Owens; as well as Henry Clay Frick, George Westinghouse, H.J. Heinz, William McGuffey, William McKinley, and is presently researching the life of Edward Libbey. He has published 14 books and more than 80 articles in management, business, fair trade, immigration, labor and globalization. He is an expert in the American system of capitalism and the path to restore American enterprise.
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