Aston Organizational History Workshop

Aston Organizational History Workshop

20 June 2018, 12-4pm

RDP seminar room, Main Building South Wing 11th floor

Aston Business School

Aston Triangle

Birmingham B4 7ET

 

12.00-13.30       Buffet Lunch

12.00-13.00       Alex Gillett and Kevin Tennent, York Management School – Dynamic sublimes: the 1966 FIFA World Cup
[in conjunction with EFE departmental seminar research series]

13.30-14.15       Adam Nix, Aston Business School – Between sources and stuff: initial perspectives from the Enron Corpus

14.15-15.00       Amon Barros, FGV-EAESP, and Scott Taylor, Birmingham Business School – The role of Brazilian think tanks in the public debate on management and organizations.

15.00-15.15       Coffee break

15.15-16.00       Michael Butler, Aston Business School, and Ann Cunliffe, FGV-EAESP – The Dent in the Floor: Learning Craft from Organizational History – A Carnal Sociology

 

The workshop is free to attend, but so that we have an idea of numbers, please RSVP to s.decker[at]aston.ac.uk

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CfP: Commercial Surveillance

Seeing Like a Capitalist:

Histories of Commercial Surveillance in America

 

 A Conference at the Hagley Museum and Library

Wilmington, Delaware, November 8-9, 2018

The history of surveillance is often associated with the history of the state. However, commercial organizations in the United States – from insurance companies to audience rating firms and database marketers, to corporate personnel and auditing departments – also exercise power over citizens through systems of identification, classification, and monitoring.  The history of commercial surveillance thus intersects with key issues concerning the history of privacy, information, social sorting and discrimination, and technologies of discipline and control.

For a conference sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society on November 8-9, 2018, we invite proposals that explore the history of commercial surveillance in the United States, from settlement to the present. These (non-state) surveillance activities might be found in a variety of business settings and industries, involve a range of formal or informal practices, and might be directed at customers, media audiences, borrowers, consumer markets, employees, or labor. The long history of commercial surveillance serves to illuminate the precursors, continuities, and logic of today’s “surveillance capitalism.”

We are interested in original, empirically-grounded unpublished essays that consider one or more of the following questions:

 

  • How have commercial surveillance systems contributed to the production of knowledge about individuals or populations? To what extent have private-sector classification systems shaped categories of identity and social status in the United States?
  • In what ways have commercial surveillance systems contributed to understandings of gender and race in the United States? How have these understandings been formalized or institutionalized?
  • How does the development of commercial surveillance fit into broader social, political, or economic efforts to discipline behavior or control risk?
  • To what extent have commercial surveillance systems overlapped – or collaborated – with state surveillance systems, such as law enforcement, social services, or statistical data gathering?
  • What legal issues have attended the history of commercial surveillance? How have commercial surveillance practices been regulated, particularly with regard to discrimination and privacy?
  • To what extent have distinctions between work and leisure been blurred by commercial surveillance?
  • How does the history of commercial surveillance help contextualize the development of big data and predictive analytics in our own time? What underlying structures, norms, or business objectives can be discerned?
  • What technologies have been developed, and for what specific purposes, to facilitate commercial surveillance?

 

Sarah E. Igo (Vanderbilt University) will open the conference with a keynote address on the evening of November 8. She will discuss her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, to be published by Harvard University Press in May 2018.

 

If you are interested in proposing a paper, please submit proposals of no more than 500 words and a one-page C.V. to Carol Lockman at clockman@hagley.org by May 1, 2018. We welcome submissions from historians as well as ethnographically oriented social scientists.  Presenters will receive lodging in the conference hotel and up to $500 to cover their travel costs.

This conference was initiated by Josh Lauer (University of New Hampshire), and he is joined on the program committee by Roger Horowitz (Hagley Museum and Library) and Ken Lipartito (Florida International University).

Windrush scandal: a historian on why destroying archives is never a good idea

Reblogged from the Imperial and Global Forum:

Imperial & Global Forum

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Dora Vargha
University of Exeter

Archival practices rarely make headlines. Databases are sexy, archives less so – at least for most people. Whenever we do read about archives, it’s almost exclusively in the context of something disappearing. Apparently, we never know a good thing until it’s gone.

Most recently, it transpired that the Home Office apparently destroyed Windrush landing cards eight years ago. These, it now seems, were crucial documents in establishing the legal status of Caribbean-born residents who arrived in the 1950s and 1960s. The question of exactly who is to take the blame for this action remains under debate.

This is not the first time the government has had to admit to this kind of practice. A few months ago the Foreign Office admitted to its role in key documents “disappearing” from the National Archives. Among them were papers on the colonial administration of…

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Event at the HBS Business History Initiative

Understanding and Overcoming the Roadblocks to Sustainability

Over the past several decades, a vibrant scholarly community has generated thousands of empirical and conceptual studies on the complex relationship between business and the natural environment. At the same time, many large corporations have created positions of Corporate Sustainability Officer with the goal of achieving steady improvements in their sustainability performance. Despite substantial academic research and management attention, complex ecological challenges continue to grow. This unfortunate disconnect between aspirations and reality has begun to provoke some self-reflection in the business and natural environment literature concerning its impact and relevance.

A significant body of research on corporate sustainability has examined win-win outcomes, where firms have reduced their environmental and other impacts while reaping economic benefits. Less attention has been devoted to tensions inherent in corporate sustainability, where moving in the direction of sustainability has required managers to change their business models, form risky partnerships, and otherwise incur net costs. Recent empirical business history research appears to show that profits and sustainability have been hard to reconcile throughout history. These tensions and conflicts merit careful examination from a variety of scholarly and practitioner perspectives.

This conference will focus on the roadblocks to sustainability since the 1960s and develop a research agenda for scholars seeking to overcome those roadblocks. In addition to offering a retrospective analysis of where corporate sustainability has fallen short, the conference will explore the incentives, organizational designs, and institutional systems that would allow sustainability to take hold.

Registration details can be found on the conference registration page.

 

Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship

Invitation to a one day Conference on

“Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship”

Durham University Business School, UK

Millhill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB

Thursday 21st June 2018

Time: 10.00 – 17.00

Academics and practitioners are invited to come together for a one day conference on “Re-thinking female entrepreneurship” to bring to the fore the voices of female entrepreneurs (including social entrepreneurs); explore the diversity and heterogeneity of their experiences and challenge the gendered discourse of entrepreneurship.

The conference programme promises a diversity of perspectives. It will explore various aspects of (women’s) entrepreneurial experiences and identities including entrepreneurial leadership, the representation of women’s working lives, household dynamics and growth decisions, and the impact of the entrepreneur’s values on the business. The conference will also discuss enterprise policy initiatives including the policy-practice gap and the role of activist research in closing the gap.

The conference is generously funded by the British Academy as part of part of a three year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship which explores the journey of female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire using oral history approaches. In the introductory session of the conference, I will share with the audience the project’s main findings.

I am delighted to confirm that we have secured a really strong field of expert speakers who will present their cutting-edge research on women’s working lives including:

Prof. Sarah Carter (awarded the OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008) – Professor of Entrepreneurship – University of Strathclyde 

Households as a Site of Entrepreneurial Activity

 Prof. Jackie Ford – Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies – Durham University 

Entrepreneurial Leadership: Women’s Accounts

 Prof. Mark Learmonth – Professor of Organisation Studies – Durham University 

Women’s Work: As Represented in Disney Animations

 Prof. Claire Leitch – Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership – Lancaster University 

Gender and the Production of Entrepreneurial Legitimacy

 Dr Patricia Lewis – Reader in Management – University of Kent 

Exploring the Lived Body of (Female) Entrepreneurship in Postfeminist Times

 Prof. Sue Marlow (holder of the Queen Award for Enterprise) – Professor of Entrepreneurship – Nottingham University 

Women’s entrepreneurship – The Empresses New Clothes?

 Prof. Julia Rouse – Professor of Entrepreneurship – Metropolitan Manchester University 

How Do We Create Change for Women in Entrepreneurship? Exploring the potential of Engaged and Activist Scholarship

 Prof. Kerrie Unsworth – Chair in Organizational Behaviour – Leeds University 

What Do You Get Out of Being an Entrepreneur? Rethinking via the Goal Hierarchy

The conference will include three panel discussions and will conclude with a discussion between practitioners and academics on how both parties can work together to better represent the experiences of women business owners and make their voices heard.

Due to the high calibre of the speakers we are expecting a high level of demand for conference places, so please book your place before 22 May 2018 by sending an email to business.researchadmin@durham.ac.uk.  Please make sure you can make the date before you book your place.

The conference is free of charge with lunch and refreshments included. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you for a day-long engagement for what we expect to be some fascinating discussions and debates on gender and entrepreneurship.

Dr Hannah Dean

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Durham University Business School

 

A Short Bio of the Keynote Speakers

Professor Sara Carter OBE FRSE is Associate Principal (Learning & Teaching) at the University of Strathclyde and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School. Her research examines the effects of business ownership on the individual, the economic wellbeing of entrepreneurial households, and the consequences of structural inequalities on resource access, particularly finance, on the SME sector. Sara holds several external appointments. She is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the First Minister of Scotland; the Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board; the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise Action Group; Non-Executive Director of Women’s Enterprise Scotland; and a member of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Committee. Previously, she served on the UK Government’s Women’s Enterprise Task Force, and was awarded the OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008. From 2006 – 2012 Sara was Editor and Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

Dr Hannah Dean is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Durham University. Hannah’s research focuses on gender and entrepreneurship using critical perspectives and innovative research methods.  Most recently Hannah extended her work to look at the experiences of social entrepreneurs.  Hannah is currently leading a three years project funded by the British Academy Postdoctoral Research Grant. The project involves collecting oral history accounts from women business owners in Yorkshire. The interviews will be deposited in “Feminist Archive North” will bring to light women’s achievements.

 Professor Jackie Ford is Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at Durham University Business School. Throughout her career, Jackie has fostered a long-established passion for her work in critical leadership studies and in gender and organization theory, and as former 50th Anniversary Chair in Leadership and Organization Studies at Bradford School of Management and before that Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at Leeds University, she founded an interdisciplinary research centre and led an active research group in critical leadership studies. She has been committed to develop this research field, informed by her interests in feminist, critical, poststructural, and psychosocial research methods and approaches that enable rich interpretive accounts of experiences of working and organizational life.

 Professor Mark Learmonth is Professor of Organisation Studies at Durham University. Mark spent the first 17 years of his career in management posts within the British National Health Service. Prior to taking up his post in Durham he has worked at the universities of Nottingham and York.

Mark has particular research interests in:

  • Critical perspectives on health care management and/or public sector management;
  • Leadership as discourse;
  • Debates aboutthe use of interpretative methods;
  • The nature of “knowledge” and “evidence” in management and organization studies;
  • Popular images of executives and their impact on managerial identity work.

Professor Claire Leitch holds the Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Lancaster University Management School and currently is Head of Department of Leadership and Management. Her research sits at the interface between entrepreneurship and leadership and takes a critical perspective, drawing on ideas of gender and power to examine the interrelationships between the micro-level and macro-level experiences that shape women’s understanding and experiences. Recent work explores the enduring and global problem of the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles and positions of influence, including in entrepreneurial ventures. Her work has been published in a number of leading international journals and she is Editor of International Small Business Journal.

Professor Susan Marlow is Professor of Entrepreneurship and divisional research director for management at Nottingham University Business School, UK. She is holder of the Queens Award for Enterprise, an Editor for Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, Consulting Editor for the International Small Business Journal, Fellow of the UK Institution for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and AUB, Beirut, Lebanon. Her research interests focus upon entrepreneurial behaviour with a particular expertise in gender issues having published in this area in top rated US and UK journals.

Dr Patricia Lewis is a Reader in Management in the Kent Business School, University of Kent. Working in the area of Gender and Organization Studies she has published in a range of journals including Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Human Relations, Work, Employment & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Gender, Work & Organization & International Journal of Management Reviews. Her current research involves critical use of the concept of postfeminism in understanding gendered organizational phenomena. She has recently edited (with Yvonne Benschop and Ruth Simpson) a book entitled Postfeminism and Organization, published by Routledge 2018. She is currently Joint-Editor-in-Chief of Gender, Work & Organization and previously was an Associate Editor of the journal for seven years

Professor Julia Rouse is the Director of ‘Decent Work and Productivity’, a newly formed research and knowledge exchange centre at Manchester Metropolitan University. She founded the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre that now sits within Decent Work and Productivity. She has a passionate interest in creating feminist research communities and was the founder of the Gender and Enterprise Network. She is developing an Engaged-Activist methodology that experiments with ways of creating change through scholarship in projects concerned with entrepreneur maternity rights and Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL).

Professor Kerrie Unsworth is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Head of the Management Division at Leeds University Business School. She is Director of the Workplace Behaviour Research Centre, a research group dedicated to improving the world through better organisational behaviour. Kerrie is interested in understanding how people juggle their different goals and identities and the effect this has on their behaviours and well-being. She has published in a range of top academic journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology and has won in excess of £1.5m in public and private sector research funding.

 

 

AOM PDW on Historic CSR

Please register for the AOM PDW!

Special Issue Paper Development Workshops

Historic Corporate Responsibility:

Its Extent, Limits, and Consequences

The guest editors of the Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue on Historic Corporate Social Responsibility will arrange paper development workshops at the following conferences:

  • Academy of Management (10-14 August in Chicago),
  • International Association for Business & Society (7-10 June in Hong Kong), and
  • European Business History Association (6-8 September in Ancona, Italy)[1]

During the workshops, authors will present and discuss their papers and receive feedback from discussants and peers.

Attendance at these workshops is NOT a precondition for submission to the Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue.

Confirmed discussants at the Academy of Management in Chicago include Stephanie Decker (Aston Business School), Gabrielle Durepos (Mount Saint Vincent University), Paul C. Godfrey (Brigham Young University), Stefan Hielscher (University of Bath), Michael Rowlinson (University of Exeter), Sébastien Mena (Cass Business School), and Roy R. Suddaby (University of Victoria and Newcastle University).

 

Submission Information and Deadlines

Scholars interested in one of the workshops are asked to contact the guest editors according to requirements for each conference. Please see the following table for the key dates and contact information.

  IABS conference AoM conference EBHA conference
Require-ments Elevator pitch format. Interested authors might wish to contact Rob Phillips prior to the conference. To be considered for a PDW at either AoM or EBHA, an abstract (no more than 2’000 words or 8 pages all in) should be submitted to the responsible guest editor. The guest editors will then select promising abstracts and notify the authors. After acceptance, the authors are asked to submit a full paper (8’000-10’000 words).
Submission of abstracts none May 15, 2018 June 17, 2018
Submission of full paper July 1, 2018 August 1, 2018
Date and location of workshop June 7-10, 2018

Hong Kong

August 10-14, 2018

Chicago, IL

September 6-8, 2018

Ancona, Italy

Contact Rob Phillips

rphillips@schulich.yorku.ca

Judith Schrempf-Stirling

judith.schrempf-stirling@unige.ch

Christian Stutz

Christian.stutz@fh-hwz.ch

 

[1] The workshop proposal at the EBHA is currently under evaluation—to be confirmed.