ESRC seminar 4

esrc-logoESRC Seminar Series: Historicising the theory and practice of organizational analysis

Seminar 4: Ethnography and Phenomenological Approaches

17 February 2016, Alliance Manchester Business School, Oxford Road, Manchester

Our next event in the ESRC seminar series will be hosted by Alliance Manchester Business School on Wednesday 17 February 2016. The programme is as follows:

0900-0930       Arrival and Refreshments
0930-0945       Welcome and Introduction
0945-1030       Alan McKinlay (Newcastle U): “Foucault and the archive”
1030-1115         Bill Cooke (York U): “The affect of the archive”
1115-1130         Coffee/Tea
1130-1215       Andrea Bernardi (Manchester Metropolitan U): “Auto-ethnography”
1215-1300       Andrea Whittle & John Wilson (Newcastle U): “History-in-action”
1300-1345       Buffet Lunch
1345-1430      Stephanie Decker (Aston U): “Archival ethnography”
1430-1515       Lucy Newton (Reading U): “Corporate identity”
1515-1530       Coffee/Tea
1530-1615       Daniel Mai (Consultant: Berlin): “Cultures of remembrance”
1615                Discussion and Closing Remarks

Registration: There are 25 free (ESRC-sponsored) places that will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis. A conference registration fee of £30.00 will be charged on additional places and this will include refreshments and buffet lunch.

Travel & accommodation: Expenses should be covered by participants (except speakers, whose travel and accommodation costs will be covered).

The workshop will be held in Alliance Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PB. Alliance Manchester Business School is approximately 15 minutes walk from Manchester Oxford Road station. See University of Manchester website for details.

For further enquiries please contact the conference administrator (Nighat Din:] or members of the organizing team: John Hassard ( and Damian O’Doherty (, both at Manchester Business School); Stephanie Decker ( at Aston Business School; or Mick Rowlinson ( at Queen Mary University London.

CFP: Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship

Call For Papers

Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory & Research


March 31, 2016

Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Portland

319 SW Pine Street, Portland, OR 97204


Deadline: January 22, 2016 for abstracts

In recent years, both business historians and entrepreneurship scholars have grown increasingly interested in the promise of using historical sources, methods and reasoning in entrepreneurship research. History, it has been argued, can be valuable in addressing a number of limitations in traditional approaches to studying entrepreneurship, including in accounting for contexts and institutions, in understanding the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic change, in providing multi-level perspectives on the entrepreneurial process and in situating entrepreneurial behavior and cognition within the flow of time. Support for historical research on entrepreneurship has grown, with both leading entrepreneurship researchers calling for the use of historical perspectives and with Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal announcing a call for papers for a special issue devoted to history and entrepreneurship.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide scholars with developmental feedback on work-in-progress related to historical approaches to entrepreneurship and strategy, broadly construed. Our aim is support the development of historical research on entrepreneurship for publication in leading journals, including for the special issue of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. In addition to providing feedback and suggestions for specific topics, the workshop will address the commonly faced challenges of writing for a double-audience of historians and entrepreneurship/management scholars, engaging entrepreneurship theory and constructs, and identifying the most valuable historical sources and methods in studying entrepreneurial phenomena. We welcome work-in-progress at all stages of development. Interested scholars may submit two types of submissions for discussion: full research papers (8,000 to 12,000 words) or paper ideas (1,000 to 3,000 words).

The workshop will take place immediately before the BHC meeting and at the same location but is managed separately. Participation in BHC meeting and workshop is possible. If you have questions or are interested in participating, please submit an initial abstract of max. 300 words and a one-page CV before Friday, January 22, 2016 to David Kirsch (, Christina Lubinski ( or Dan Wadhwani ( Invitations to the PDW will be sent out before February 1, 2016. Full paper (8,000 to 12,000 words) and paper idea (1,000 to 3,000 words) submissions will be expected by Friday, March 11, 2015. Please feel free to contact the organizers with your paper ideas if you are interested in early feedback or want to inquire about the fit of your idea with this PDW.

The Broader Project

This workshop is part of a larger project that seeks to examine how analytical attention to history, context, and time may reshape theories of entrepreneurship as well as how these theories in turn allow us to re-consider how we account for agency, time and change in history. It follows on previous workshops in Copenhagen and Miami in 2014. The project seeks to develop an intellectual community comprised of both historians and entrepreneurship theorists engaged in multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research on entrepreneurial history. Some of the questions the broader project will address include:

  • What is the relationship between theories of history and theories of entrepreneurship? How have they shaped one another over time and what are the ways in which they do so today?
  • In what ways are time and context viewed in history and in entrepreneurship theory? How can more critical views of time and context contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurial behavior and the entrepreneurial process?
  • How do differences in methods matter to our understanding of entrepreneurship? Specifically, how should we think about the relationship between historians’ emphasis on deep context and narrative explanation and entrepreneurship researcher’s preference for valuing theoretical propositions from the point of view of advancing intellectual exchange between the two fields? What should we make of the tension between the theoretical inclination to gain insight through abstraction and the historical inclination to gain insight through contextualization? In what ways can the tension be productive or useful?
  • How does “history” or “the past” manifest itself in the entrepreneurial process? Is it constraining or enabling, and if “it depends,” then on what conditions does it depend? How is history “used” in the entrepreneurial process?
  • What is the relationship between narrative and history within the entrepreneurial process?
  • Can historical contextualization of the current moment (1970s-present) in entrepreneurship thought and practice help shed light on the present?
  • Can a deeper engagement with entrepreneurship theory allow us to understand the past in new ways and produce new history?

Individual and institutional support

The workshop and broader project is an initiative of the Copenhagen Business School’s Centre for Business History and Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy in collaboration with scholars and institutions throughout Europe and North America. We are grateful for financial support from the Entrepreneurship Platform and the Rethinking History in Business Schools Initiative at CBS.

CfP Globalisation in Business History

Special Issue Call for Papers: “Globalisation in Business History”

International Journal of Business and Globalisation

Guest Editor: Christopher M. Hartt, Dalhousie University,

Special Issue Description:

The Special Issue will focus on historical themes related to globalisation and business.  Business History is an inclusive discipline welcoming all fields, methods and perspectives, of enquiry related to management, entrepreneurism, economics, accounting, psychology, sociology, law or any other business related discipline as well as those from history.

The theme of the special issue relates to the growing debates related to current globalizing activities and the relationship between those debates and the historical context.  What has happened in the contested past? How is that relevant for the present and future? How do themes of competitiveness, profitability, and long-term sustainability interact with ethics, social responsibility and environmentalism in a global market? Have these themes emerged before and how did they impact trade?

The questions in the forgoing paragraph provide a small sample of appropriate submissions and should not constrain researchers.  Any manner of thought provoking and rigorous article engaging globalization and Business History is encouraged.

Please upload to and keep your submission number for future reference.

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2016

You can expect reviewer comments by 31 October

Revisions due 31 December for publication shortly thereafter

Selected References:

Anderson, Alistair R. “Conceptualising Entrepreneurship as Economic’explanation’and the Consequent Loss Of’understanding’.” International Journal of Business and Globalisation 14, no. 2 (2015): 145-57.

Ankersmit, F. R. “Historiography and Postmodernism.” In The Postmodern History Reader, edited by Keith Jenkins. London: Routledge, 1997.

Dunning, John H. The Globalization of Business (Routledge Revivals): The Challenge of the 1990s. Routledge, 2014.

Durepos, G., A.J. Mills, and J. Helms Mills. “Tales in the Manufacture of Knowledge: Writing a Business History of Pan American Airways.” Management & Organizational History 3, no. 1 (2008): 63-80.

Galanis, Mr Michael, and Mr Alan Dignam. The Globalization of Corporate Governance. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2013.

Gallhofer, Sonja, Jim Haslam, and Sibylle van der Walt. “Accountability and Transparency in Relation to Human Rights: A Critical Perspective Reflecting Upon Accounting, Corporate Responsibility and Ways Forward in the Context of Globalisation.” Critical Perspectives on Accounting 22, no. 8 (2011): 765-80.

Hartt, C., A.J. Mills, J.  Helms Mills, and L. Corrigan. “Sense-Making and Actor Networks: The Non-Corporeal Actant and the Making of an Air Canada History.” Management & Organizational History 9, no. 3 (2014/07/03 2014): 288-304.

Hartt, C., A.J. Mills, J. Helms Mills, and G. Durepos. “Markets, Organizations, Institutions and National Identity: Pan American Airways, Postcoloniality and Latin America.” Critical Perspectives on International Business 8, no. 1 (2012): 14-36.

Hopkins, Anthony G. Globalisation in World History. Random House, 2011.

Jenkins, K. Refiguring History. New Thoughts on an Old Discipline.  London: Routledge, 2003.

Pukall, Thilo J, and Andrea Calabrò. “The Internationalization of Family Firms a Critical Review and Integrative Model.” Family Business Review 27, no. 2 (2014): 103-25.

Rivera, Isaías R. “Global Age Cosmopolitanism.” International Journal of Business and Globalisation 9, no. 1 (2012): 90-105.

Rowlinson, M. . “Public History Review Essay: Cadbury World.” Labour History Review 67, no. 1 (2002): 101-19.

Suddaby, Roy, William M Foster, and Albert J Mills. “Historical Institutionalism.” Organizations in time: History, theory, methods  (2014): 100-23.




Innovative @ExeterCIGH Course Receives Commendation from Royal Historical Society

Great to see our colleagues who run the AHRC network on “Imagining Markets” getting an award for their contribution to Public History in the UK!

Imperial & Global Forum

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Cross-posted from University of Exeter College of Humanities Research News

An online course run by leading historians at the University of Exeter has received a commendation from the Royal Historical Society (RHS) for excellence in the field of public history.

The course, Empire: The Controversies of British Imperialism has been officially commended by the RHS as part of the Public History Prize; the first national prize for public history in the UK.

The commendation, given in the web and digital category, recognises the work being undertaken within the University’s Department of History to engage people with the past in innovative ways using a wide variety of resources to entice new audiences to history in all its forms.

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ESRC seminar 3: Narrative Construction of Memory

On December 10, 2015 CBS hosted the ESRC workshop on the Narrative Construction of Memory. The program and pictures are below.


9.00 – 9.30 Welcome & Introduction

9.30 – 10.15 Tor Hernes, Copenhagen Business School: Temporal Trajectory and Organizational Narrative

10.15 – 11.00 Robin Holt, Copenhagen Business School: Memory and Mnemosyne

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 Dan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific: Creating Histories without a Past: Uses of History in the Entrepreneurial Processes

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.15 Ronald Kroeze, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: The Use of History and Narratives by Dutch Top Managers and Companies

14.15 – 14.30 Coffee

14.30 – 15.15 Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria: Rhetorical History and Narrative History

15.15 – 16.00 Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School: Narratives as the Basis of Memory and History

16.00 – 16:30 Discussion & Conclusion


PDW on the Uses of the Past

Today the first of two joint seminars at CBS on organizational history took place, focusing on the forthcoming special issue in Organization Studies. While the presentations were very short, allowing authors to only present the gist of their ideas, this meant that the discussions about the papers were lively and further fleshed out what we mean by “Uses of the Past”. How do we differentiate the past from history, how does it relate to time and temporality, what type of histories are useful to organizations? The special issue editors also used to opportunity to highlight their aims and plans for handling papers going forward.


Program: Paper Development Workshop “Uses of the Past”, December 9, 2015 – CBS

9.00 – 9.15             Welcome & introduction

9.15 – 9.45             Karim Ben Slimane, Institut supérieur du commerce de
 & Tao Wang, Grenoble Ecole de Management: “Absinthe Reborn: Relegitimation of Deinstitutionalized Practices”Commentator: Andrew Popp, University of Gothenburg

9.45 – 10.15          Marianne Bertelsen, Copenhagen Business School: “Uses of Time: Organizing the Messy Temporalities of Contemporary Art”, Commentator: Mads Mordhorst , Copenhagen Business School

10.15 – 10.35        Coffee

10.35 – 11.05        Ron Kerr, University of Edinburgh & Sarah Robinson, University of Leicester: “Confecting a Corporate History: Uses of the Past in the Digital Age – The Case of the Mondelez International Website”,       Commentator: Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria

11.05 – 11.35        Rebecca Kahn, King’s College: “The Career of the Catalogue: Exploring Uses of the Past in the Context of the British Museum’s Digitization Strategy”, Commentator: Andrew Popp, University of Gothenburg  

11.35 – 11.50     Michael Rowlinson, Queen Mary University of London Senior Editor for Organization Studies

11.50 – 12.45        Lunch

12.45 – 13.15        William Foster, University of Alberta: “Authentic Rhetorical History: The Enactment of Sincerity & Credibility”, Commentator: Dan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific

13.15 – 13.45        Innan Sasaki, University of Turku & Davide Ravasi, City University London: “Maintaining Commitments for Centuries in Multi-Centenary Shinise Firm in Kyoto”, Commentator: Dan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific

13.45 – 14.10        Coffee break

14.10 – 14.40        Ida Lunde Jorgensen, Copenhagen Business School: “Organised Emotions: Strategic and Institutional Uses of the Past by Family Philanthropic Foundations”, Commentator: Dan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific

14.40 – 15.10        Tracy Wilcox, UNSW Business School: “A Convenient Amnesia? Organised Forgetting and Narratives of Safety in Qantas”, Commentator: Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria

15.10 – 15.30        Coffee break

15.30 – 16.00        Tristan May, EMLYON Business School: “If 6 Was 9 – Rhetorical History and the Instrumentalization of Symbolic Guitar Heroes in the Crafting of Iconic Electric Guitars”, Commentator: Mads Mordhorst, Copenhagen Business School

16.00 – 16.30        Christina Lubinski, Copenhagen Business School: “Constructing the Aryan Firm – Uses of History and Historical Negotiations on Organizational and National Levels”, Commentator: Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria

16.30 – 17.00        Discussion & Conclusion


CBS Rethinking History

Rethinking History at Business Schools: A CBS Initiative

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is one of the world-leading environments for historical research at business schools and universities. The Initiative aims at making history more central to the research and pedagogical agenda of business schools.

To date, the initiative includes:

  • Growing network of scholars and activities organized around three themes: “Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship,” “Uses of the Past: History and Memory in Organizations” and “Cultural Approaches in Business History”
  • Rethinking History-Fellowships for visiting scholars to CBS (previous visitors included Dan Wadhwani (Univ. of the Pacific), Mick Rowlinson (Queen Mary London), Ludovic Cailluet (Univ. of Toulouse), Stephanie Decker (Aston Business School) and Andrew Popp (Univ. of Liverpool)
  • Annual PhD course “Using Historical Approaches in Management and Organizational Research” (first Nov. 2014 with 20 PhDs from 9 universities worldwide)

Source: CBS Rethinking History

ToC: Business History March 2016

Business History, Volume 58, Issue 2, March 2016 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Pure diffusion? The great English hotel charges debate in The Times, 1853
David Bowie
Pages: 159-178
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1039521

The winds of change and the end of the Comprador System in the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
Andrew Smith
Pages: 179-206
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1041379

Networks of power and networks of capital: evidence from a peripheral area of the first globalisation. The energy sector in Naples: from gas to electricity (1862–1919)
Maria Carmela Schisani & Francesca Caiazzo
Pages: 207-243
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1071796

The European response to the challenge of the Japanese steel industry (1950–1980)
Pablo Díaz-Morlán & Miguel Sáez-García
Pages: 244-263
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1082545

The emergence of winemaking cooperatives in Catalonia
Jordi Planas
Pages: 264-282
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1082546

Business returns from gold price fixing and bullion trading on the interwar London market
Anthony John Arnold
Pages: 283-308
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1083012

Book Reviews
Building a market. The rise of the home improvement industry, 1914-1960
Peter Scott
Pages: 309-310
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1031333

The triumph of emptiness; consumption, higher education and work organization
Philip Warwick
Pages: 310-312
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1031334

Le crédit à la consommation en France, 1947–1965. De la stigmatisation à la réglementation
Hubert Bonin
Pages: 312-313
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1037580

Book Review
Le grand état-major financier: les inspecteurs des Finances, 1918–1946. Les hommes, le métier, les carrières
Hubert Bonin
Pages: 314-316
DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1068516