Jan-Otmar Hesse is a Professor of Economic History at the University of Bielefeld. He previously held research and teaching positions at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, the German Historical Institute Washington DC,the Historisches Kolleg Munich, and the University of Göttingen. Prof. Hesse’s research addresses the themes of business history and the history of modern economics. His most recent publications include Wirtschaft als Wissenschaft. Die Volkswirtschaftslehre in der frühen Bundesrepublik. (Frankfurt, 2010), and “The ‘Americanisation’ of West German Economics after World War II: Success, Failure, or something completely different?” in European Journal of the History of Economic Thought (forthcoming 2012).