EGOS SWG8 program

Please see below for the program for our standing working group on organizational history at EGOS in Naples in July! If you are already at EGOS, we welcome guests.

Sub-theme 08: (SWG) History and Organization Studies: The Ways Forward


  1. Daniel Wadhwani, University of the Pacific, USA, and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark,
  2. Matthias Kipping, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada,
  3. Stephanie Decker, Aston Business School, UK,


Session I: Thursday, July 07, 11:00 to 12:30, T5

Organizational History: The Past and the Future
Chair: Matthias Kipping

Peter Miskell
Management historians and public perceptions of the past: A neglected area?
Presenter/Discussant: Andrew Smith

Michael Rowlinson, John Hassard and Stephanie Decker
Organizational memory, history, and forgetting
Presenter/Discussant: Mairi MacLean

 Session II: Thursday, July 07, 14:00 to 15:30

– Parallel Stream –

 Parallel Stream A: Contextualizing Sensemaking & Identity – Room: T5
Chair: Stephanie Decker

Christian Stutz
Elaborating the strategic cognition view of issue salience: A historical case study
Presenter/Discussant: Rasmus Nykvist

Anna Linda Musacchio Adorisio and Asgeir Torfason
Historicizing narratives: Rhetoric and storytelling of the Icelandic financial boom
Presenter/Discussant: Michelle Mielly

Lars Geschwind, Rómulo Pinheiro and Bjørn Stensaker
To be or not to be: Institutional complexity and identity formation in the organizational field of higher education
Presenter/Discussant: Ron Kerr

 Parallel Stream B: Entrepreneurial Dynamics – Room: T6
Chair: Dan Wadhwani

Andrew Smith and Eugene Choi
A Constitutive Historicism Approach Towards Understanding Sensemaking and Sensegiving in Japanese FabLabs
Presenter/Discussant: Tristan May

Giovanni Favero, Vladi Finotto and Anna Moretti
Resisting entrepreneurs: A conceptual framework of entrepreneurial imprinting
Presenter/Discussant: Charles Harvey

Mirko Ernkvist and Rasmus Nykvist
History in the regulatory legitimation of novel organizational forms by new organization
Presenter/Discussant: Fanny Simon

 Session III: Thursday, July 07, 16:00 to 17:30, T5

Corporate Uses of History
Chair: Stephanie Decker

 Mairi Maclean, Charles Harvey, John Sillince and Benjamin Golant
Intertextuality in organizational transition
Presenter/Discussant: Joeri Mol

Jan Frederik de Groot and Nachoem Wijnberg
Corporate art collections and organizational history
Presenter/Discussant: Elena Giovanni

Ihar Sahakiants, Marion Festing and Thomas Steger
Organizational continuity and founder narrative: The role of primary stakeholders in sustaining a socially responsible corporate culture
Presenter/Discussant: Diego Coraiola

 Session IV: Friday, July 08, 09:00 to 10:30

– Parallel Stream –

 Parallel Stream A: Historical Construction of Cultural Goods – Room: T5
Chair: Stephanie Decker

Shiona Chillas, Melinda A. Grewar and Barbara Townley
Capitalising on history: The case of Scottish textiles
Presenter/Discussant: Jan Frederik de Groot

Tristan May
If 6 was 9: Rhetorical history and the multimodal reissuing of a glorious past
Presenter/Discussant: Anna Linda Musacchio Adorisio

Michelle Mielly, Gazi Islam and Maria Laura Toraldo
Alliance française in India & rhetorical uses of history
Presenter/Discussant: Mirko Ernkvist

 Parallel Stream B: New Methods, New Frontiers – Room: T6
Chair: Matthias Kipping

Zoi Pittaki
Walking a tightrope: business, the tax system and tax conscience in Greece, 1955-1989
Presenter/Discussant: Christian Stutz

Diego M. Coraiola, William M. Foster and Roy Suddaby
What is a historical case study?
Presenter/Discussant: Giovanni Favero

Wim van Lent and Matthijs den Besten
The Multiple Faces of the Span of Control: a Multilevel Analysis of the Dutch East India Company
Presenter/Discussant: Stephan Leixnering

 Session V: Friday, July 08, 14:00 to 15:30, T5

The Sociohistorical Construction of Value
Chair: Dan Wadhwani

Michal Frenkel and Talia Pfefferman
On gendered justifications: Resource acquisition and worlds of worth in establishing small enterprises in Palestine, 1930–1947
Presenter/Discussant: Liv Egholm

Elena Giovannoni and Christopher Napier
The making of material objects through accounting re-presentations: The Founder’s Building at Royal Holloway, 1887-1897
Presenter/Discussant: Karim Ben Slimane

 Joeri Mol, Graham Sewell, Miya Tokumitsu and Gerhard Wiesenfeldt
The institutionalization of signs of value: Icons, indexes and symbols in art markets
Presenter/Discussant: Pamela A. Popielarz

 Session VI: Saturday, July 09, 09:00 to 10:30

– Parallel Stream –

 Parallel Stream A: Industry Dynamics – Room: T5
Chair: Dan Wadhwani

Karim Ben Slimane, Damien Chaney, Eero Vaara and Tao Wang
Between memories and market. Relegitimation of absinthe in France since 1980s
Presenter/Discussant: Lars Geschwind

Fanny Simon and Albéric Tellier
Imitation game: How coopetition can lead to standardization
Presenter/Discussant: Wim Van Lent

Shilo Hills, Maxim Ganzin, Roy Suddaby and William M. Foster
Strategic deployment of history and myth in identity construction: A story of the global wine industry
Presenter/Discussant: Shiona Chillas

 Parallel Stream B: Constructing & Crossing Sectoral Divides – Room: T6
Chair: Stephanie Decker

Stephan Leixnering and Renate E. Meyer
Re-discovering an organizational form: Public interest-orientation as corner stone of the modern corporation
Presenter/Discussant: Zoi Pittaki

Pamela A. Popielarz
Moral dividends: Transpositions between business and Freemasonry in nineteenth century America
Presenter/Discussant: Lars Geschwind

Liv Egholm
The messiness of common good. Translation of concepts and practices between non-civil and civil spheres: the Egmont Foundation 1920–2014
Presenter/Discussant: Ihar Sahakiants

 Session VII: Saturday, July 09, 11:00 to 12:30, T5

 New Directions
Chair: Stephanie Decker

Ron Kerr and Sarah Robinson
Women leaders in the political field in Scotland: Extending the ‘historical turn’ to leadership studies
Presenter/Discussant: Talia Pfefferman

Rasmus Nykvist, Robin Gustafsson, Mirko Ernkvist, Christian Sandström, Erik Lakomaa and Zeerim Cheung
Towards an integrative digital history approach in organization studies
Presenter/Discussant: Peter Miskell