Marie S Curie Fellows at ABS

Aston is currently looking for external researchers to work with on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships. The current deadline for applications is 14th September 2016, with the next call opening in April 2016.

The Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) scheme 2016 opened 12 April 2016 and will close 14 September 2016.

A little detail about the Fellowship scheme:-

  • They feature a Fellow (from anywhere on earth, no nationality restrictions) and a host.
  • Eligible Fellows must have:

o   spent no more than 12 months in the previous 3 years in the host country

o   have a PhD or at least 4 years research experience

  • As with all Marie S. Curie actions, there are no prescribed topics…bottom up…multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral projects are preferred.
  • The Fellowship should focus on research and training/career development. The aim is for the fellow to complete the project with a world class scientific skillset
  • Fellowships are a maximum of 2 years in duration
  • 10 page application form

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Eligible Researchers

  • The Funder requires that the researchers shall be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research
  • At the time of the deadline for submission, they shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to 14th September

Preferred Researcher Profile

  • Experience suggests that successful researcher have strong CV’s, with 10+ strong publications (high- ranking, international journals) and a good range of experience (teaching, industry/non-academic, PhD supervision).

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships enable eligible applicants to come to Aston University for a period from 12 to 24 months; the aims are to undertake world class research, undertake career development, and transfer knowledge. If you have the time, read the Guide for Applicants, it will enable you to fully appreciate the aims and objectives of the scheme –  guide_for_applicants_if_2014_en.pdf

If you are interested please contact Prof Stephanie Decker ( Send a description of your potential theme, Aston host and a description of the potential project (please keep the description to no more than 250 words), accompanied by your full academic CV to .

The current deadline is 14th September 2016. If you are interested you must send the requested documents by the end of July for this call.

Using history to explore routines

Today’s blog has been written by Alistair Mutch from Nottingham Business School, who has recently explored the role of historical research in organizational routines. If you enjoyed reading this, and have some ideas or content you would like to blog about, let us know!

Stephanie, Dan & Christina

Using history to explore routines

By Alistair Mutch

At a symposium on historical approaches to management research at Oxford in September 2015 a very good question was asked about the feasibility of historical investigations of practice. This was in the context of a widespread shift to looking at practices, such as organizational routines, from a processual perspective. This focuses on the dynamic nature of such routines, examining them from the inside. It follows that to do this, intensive research methods, such as ethnography, are favoured. Where does this leave history?
If we conceptualise routines in this manner, then quite clearly history, even oral history, is going to struggle. However, as I argue in a recent article in Organization Studies (doi: 10.1177/0170840616634134), there are downsides to the focus on change and process. One is that we lose a sense of the ‘routineness’ of routines. Another is that they become detached from the broader context which supplies the parameters within which action takes place. For these reasons, I suggest, history has a role. It is rare to get first hand descriptions of practices. We are much more likely to have the traces of practices, traces which are particularly valuable when they appear in documents which were produced as a routine part of operations. What a practice lens does is to encourage us to pay attention to the mundane and taken-for-granted, to the evidence that is overlooked when our focus is on events and organizations. I explore the nature of one routine, the visitation of local churches, in three different times and contexts: fifteenth-century Catholic Italy, eighteenth-century Anglican England and eighteenth-century Presbyterian Scotland.
The latter is particularly blessed with extensive record survivals. Access to these through digital imaging and the use of analysis tools like spreadsheets makes it easier than ever before to do extensive comparative work. For my book on eighteenth-century Scotland, for example, I examined some 1,800 accounting balances across 80 parishes to be able to show that in only a tiny number of cases were balances negative at the annual reconciliation. This becomes significant when contrasted to what we know of England, where over half of such balances were negative. This says something about the organizational forms and practices that characterised each church.
I hope that this article addresses some of the concerns about investigating practices using historical methods. It might also show how historical work can contribute to contemporary debates in organizational theory.


  • Alistair Mutch, ‘Bringing history into the study of routines: contextualizing performance’, Organization Studies, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0170840616634134.
  • Alistair Mutch, Religion and National Identity: Governing Scottish Presbyterianism in the Eighteenth Century, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

Event: Business history and digital records


Please accept our apologies for any cross-posting.

How will business histories be written from digital records?


Organized by:
Tim Gollins and Michael Moss

Free Event

The National Records of Scotland, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Business History in Scotland (CBHS), is hosting a one day conference on the theme of using digital records for business history research. The conference will be held in Edinburgh on Monday 9th May 2016, and is an exciting opportunity for archivists, historians and technical experts with an interest in business records to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift of records from the physical to the digital.

This one day conference will bring together interested parties from a variety of backgrounds, including businesses, archives, academics and technology. Speakers will present short papers aimed to provoke debate and discussion from panel members and delegates. The day will be an opportunity for collaboration and idea sharing and we anticipate some lively discussion! We hope that the event will produce a new network of professionals across a variety of disciplines, who will be persuaded to bid for funds to conduct further research.

Although the day will focus primarily on business records, the hope is that lessons learned from the business archive community will be used to inform wider debate about the issues surrounding use of digital records for research.

There will be four segments to the day, as follows:

Business archives: two archivists’ perspective

  • the paper world
  • the digital world
  • panel discussion

Business history: two historians’ perspectives

  • the paper world
  • the digital world
  • panel discussion

Digital technology: two experts from the field

  • insights and innovation
  • panel discussion

Conclusions: consortium speed dating exercise and funding streams.

The event is free to attend and tea/coffee and lunch will be provided. Places are limited so please book your ticket via Eventbrite soon.

WHEN: Monday, 9 May 2016 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

WHERE: New Register House – 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT, United Kingdom


Tim Gollins is Head of Digital Archiving at The National Records of Scotland and as programme director leads their Digital Preservation Programme. Prior to joining the NRS Tim was Head of Digital Preservation at the National Archives, where he led work on digital preservation and cataloguing. Tim was also a Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition for 6 years and is a member of the University of Sheffield I-School’s Advisory Panal.

Michael Moss has been a professor of archival science at Northumbria University since 2013 and holds a fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s e-Scholarship Research Centre. Michael was archivist of the University of Glasgow from 1974 until 2001, and research professor of archival science at the University of Glasgow between 2001 and 2013. He also has a long standing interest in business archives.

Please register here:

Please contact Jo Dixon at for further information.


EABH Annual meeting

2016 European Association of Banking History annual meeting

The 2016 eabh  annual meeting will take place on 28 and 29 April 2016 in cooperation with Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) in Vienna, Austria.

28 April 2016
Archives Online
It’s all about choices

The workshop aims to present, deepen and expand the knowledge and skills related to financial institutions’ online archives. It aims to support archivists and records managers in strategically planning and implementing the online presentation of their institutions’ archives.

The workshop will examine three aspects: 1.) How to choose which information to provide online; 2.) how to meet users’ expectations, 3.) how to publish and disseminate data online.


29 April 2016
Financial Interconnections
in History

After 30 years of globalisation, there is an opportunity to reflect on the dramatic changes that took place in global financial markets on the eve of the globalisation of the 1990s and examine how the structures and patterns of global financial markets were established.

This conference will explore the theme of financial globalisation from a longer term perspective as well as drawing on the experience and testimony of participants in the transformation of markets in the 80s and 90s.

For further information and registration please go to:


AoM Elections Open

2016 Division and Interest Group elections are open now!

For the AoM Members among you,

the 2016 Division and Interest Group elections are open and ready for your participation. Don’t forget to cast your vote to select the future leaders of your Division or Interest Group, such as Management History.

You should have received a link to the election website via email. If you are not a member of Management History yet, please consider joining and casting your vote. Elections close by May 15, 2016.

New Editor for Journal of Historical Research in Marketing

With apologies for cross-posting:

Emerald is seeking a new Editor for Journal of Historical Research in Marketing to take over from the outgoing Editor, Professor Brian Jones, in January 2017.

JHRM publishes 4 issues per year and features many world class authors such as Shelby Hunt, Russell Belk, William Wilkie, Mark Tadajewski, Nick Alexander, and Jon Stobart. Full details of the journal are provided on the home page at The journal was launched in 2009, is included in Scopus and registers over 25,000 article downloads per year.

Please send expressions of interest in this role to the Publisher, Richard Whitfield, including a brief outline of your vision for development of the journal, your suitability for the role including any experience in Editing/Guest Editing. Please also include a copy of your CV. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have and do forward this to anyone who you feel may be particularly interested in this opportunity.

The journal uses the ScholarOne submission system for which full training would be provided.

The closing date for expressions of interest in this role is 2nd May 2016.

CFP: Management & Organizational History Special issue call for papers: Imperialism and Coloniality in Management and Organization History

Reblogged from The Past Speaks:

The Past Speaks


As a recent blog post by Andrew Dilley has shown, nostalgia for the days of the British Empire and the associated imperial trading system has informed the current debate in the UK over #Brexit. It is, therefore, a good time for business historians to think about Business and Empire. I am therefore very happy to promote the CFP for a special issue of Management & Organizational History on this subject. The deadline is 16 December. The guest editors of the SI are Simon Mollan and Bill Cooke, both of the University of York Management School (here in the UK).


The ongoing dialogue about the role that history can play in the formation of organization theory, and the role that organization theory can and does play in management and organization history (Maclean, Harvey, and Clegg 2015; Rowlinson, Hassard, and Decker 2014; Taylor, Bell, and Cooke 2009; Clark and Rowlinson…

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ToC: BH 58,5 Beer, Brewing and Business History

As a topic, this seems an area in which business historians are well equipped to do research 😉 Alas, finally, the long awaited special issue on… Beer is out, just in time for the weekend!

Business History, Volume 58, Issue 5, July 2016 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Special Issue: Beer, Brewing, and Business History

This new issue contains the following articles:

Original Articles
Beer, brewing, and business history
Ignazio Cabras & David M. Higgins
Pages: 609-624 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1122713
From reviving tradition to fostering innovation and changing marketing: the evolution of micro-brewing in the UK and US, 1980–2012
Ignazio Cabras & Charles Bamforth
Pages: 625-646 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1027692

Vertical and financial ownership: Competition policy and the evolution of the UK pub market
Julie Bower
Pages: 647-666 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1041380

Vertical monopoly power, profit and risk: The British beer industry, c.1970–c.2004
David Higgins, Steven Toms & Moshfique Uddin
Pages: 667-693 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1041381

How beer created Belgium (and the Netherlands): the contribution of beer taxes to war finance during the Dutch Revolt
Koen Deconinck, Eline Poelmans & Johan Swinnen
Pages: 694-724 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1024231

Happy hour followed by hangover: financing the UK brewery industry, 1880–1913
Graeme G. Acheson, Christopher Coyle & John D. Turner
Pages: 725-751 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1027693

A taste for temperance: how American beer got to be so bland
Ranjit S. Dighe
Pages: 752-784 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1027691

Death and re-birth of Alabama beer
Richard White
Pages: 785-795 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1024230
Original Articles
New identities from remnants of the past: an examination of the history of beer brewing in Ontario and the recent emergence of craft breweries
Kai Lamertz, William M. Foster, Diego M. Coraiola & Jochem Kroezen
Pages: 796-828 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1065819

New article: Routines & History

At OHN we are very pleased to announce that Alistair Mutch, one of our long time EGOS Standing Working Group 8 participants, has published an insightful piece in Organization Studies recently (now available via Advance Online). In the acknowledgements he particularly credits this stream as having helped him develop the ideas presented in his article. It’s great to see research from the track getting published. Personally I can only agree with Alistair’s sentiment that SWG8 has been very influential and supportive for me in developing my research, and it is truly a shame that 2016 will be last year of the Standing Working Group. Nevertheless, hopefully we will be seeing a series of single year tracks on history, starting at Copenhagen 2017!

Bringing History into the Study of Routines: Contextualizing Performance

Alistair Mutch


The focus on routines as ‘generative systems’ often portrays them as patterns of action relatively divorced from their context. History can help to supply a deeper and richer context, showing how routines are connected to broader structural and cultural factors. But it also shows that routines themselves have a history. This is explored using the illustration of the history of one particular organizational routine, that of the visitation of local organizational units by central church bodies, in three times and places: 15th century Italy, 18th century England and 18th century Scotland. This illustration shows that similar routines can be found but these are given very different inflections by the broader social, cultural and political context. Attention is drawn in particular to the differential involvement of lay actors and the implications for broader impacts. The case is made for analytical narratives of emergence of routines which can reconnect organizational routines both with their own history and with their broader context.

ToC: MOH 11,2 SI on Revisiting the Historic Turn

Management & Organizational History, Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2016 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Special Issue: Re-visiting the Historic Turn 10 years later: Current Debates in Management and Organizational History

This new issue contains the following articles:


Re-visiting the historic turn 10 years later: current debates in management and organizational history – an introduction
Albert J. Mills, Roy Suddaby, William M. Foster & Gabrielle Durepos
Pages: 67-76 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2016.1164927

Accounting practice and the historic turn: performing budget histories
Lawrence T. Corrigan
Pages: 77-98 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2015.1115743

Legitimizing the social enterprise: development of a conformance framework based on a genealogical pragmatic analysis
David R. Marshall & Milorad M. Novicevic
Pages: 99-122 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2016.1151362

Modernism, Postmodernism, and corporate power: historicizing the architectural typology of the corporate campus
Ron Kerr, Sarah K. Robinson & Carole Elliott
Pages: 123-146 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2016.1141690

Making history happen: a genealogical analysis of Colt’s rhetorical history
Stephen Poor, Milorad M. Novicevic, John H. Humphreys & Ifeoluwa Tobi Popoola
Pages: 147-165 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2016.1151361

‘Management is the gate’ – but to where? Rethinking Robert McNamara’s ‘career lessons’
Leo McCann
Pages: 166-188 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2015.1098547

The dynamics of path dependence on the individual, organizational and the field levels: MoDo, the Kempe family and the Swedish pulp and paper industry 1873–1990
Olof Brunninge & Anders Melander
Pages: 189-210 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2016.1150858

Using history in the creation of organizational identity
Mike Zundel, Robin Holt & Andrew Popp
Pages: 211-235 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2015.1124042

Toward polyphonic constitutive historicism: a new research agenda for management historians
Andrew Smith & Jason Russell
Pages: 236-251 | DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2015.1115742