On Friday, Caitlin Rosenthal and Espen Storli hosted an interesting workshop on “Making Markets: Histories of Commodity Grading and Trading” at Berkeley. (The description and program can be found here: http://cstms.berkeley.edu/current-events/making-markets/) It seems to me that interest in “grading” and “standards” creation is on the rise at the moment in historical studies of organizations and markets; I can think of a number of historians working on the topic from different angles, including JoAnne Yates and Stephen Mihm.
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I am an Associate Professor of Management and Fletcher Jones Chair in Entrepreneurship at University of the Pacific. I also hold appointments as a visiting professor in the Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School and the Department of Economics at Kyoto University. A historian by training, I use historical sources, methods, and reasoning to examine the foundations of entrepreneurial action and the origins and evolution of organizations and markets. I recently co-edited Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford University Press, 2014), which examines the epistemic, theoretical, and methodological opportunities and challenges of integrating historical research and reasoning into management and organizational research. I am currently co-editor for a special issue on "Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Research" at Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and a special issue on "Uses of the Past: History and Memory in Organizations and Organizing" at Organization Studies. View all posts by Dan