A business-historical analysis of Entreprises générales Henri Ruttiens (1878–2000)

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In the past years, the emergence and development of the profession of Belgian general contractors has been researched increasingly. Although international research already indicated the relevance of additional case studies, this could hardly be realized for Belgian general contracting companies due to the limited availability of archival material. This was recently countered by the discovery of several (partly preserved) contractors’ archives in Flanders and the Brussels-Capital-Region. This paper therefore analyzes the Brussels-based general contracting company Entreprises Générales Henri Ruttiens et fils (1878–2000) from a broad business-historical perspective. By embedding this case in existing literature on the longitudinal professionalization of Belgian general contractors, the paper not only gives insight into the history of this specific company but also in general trends in the Belgian general contractors’ profession.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Knowledge, Constructing Histories
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018), July 9-13, 2018, Brussels, Belgium
EditorsIne Wouters, Stephanie Van de Voorde, Inge Bertels, Bernard Espion, Krista De Jonge, Denis Zastavni
Place of PublicationBoca Raton, London, New York, Leiden
PublisherCRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781138584143
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Event6th International Congress on Construction history - Palais des Académies, Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 Jul 201813 Jul 2018


Conference6th International Congress on Construction history
Abbreviated title6ICCH
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  • Construction History
  • General Contractor
  • Belgium
  • 19th and 20th centuries

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