History and the Micro-foundations of Dynamic Capabilities

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janus_coin The Roman god Janus faced both forward and backward in time. In addition to being the god of time, he was also associated with gateways and doors.

Presentation: 20 February, 15:30 and 16:30 at University of Liverpool Management School Seminar Room 4

“History and the Micro-foundations of Dynamic Capabilities” by Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria.
Abstract. The capacity to manage history is an important but undertheorized component of dynamic capabilities. Following Teece (2007), we observe that the micro-foundations of strategic action, particularly in rapidly changing environments, are premised on the ability of the firm to enact change by sensing opportunity in the future, seizing that opportunity in the present and reconfigure organizations by overcoming the historical constraints of their past. To accomplish this, firms must acquire a historical consciousness – an awareness of history as an objective, interpretive and imaginative cognitive skill. In order to fully exploit dynamic capabilities, firms must acquire the ability to manage…

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Deadline approaching for the AIB-UKI doctoral colloquium!

Paper submission to the AIB – UKI Doctoral Colloquium

On 25 April 2019, as part of the AIB-UKI 2019 conference, we are organising the Doctoral Colloquium for PhD students doing research in the area of International Business. The Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral researchers in international business with the opportunity to present and discuss their research with a panel of distinguished scholars in interactive sessions that are open to all conference delegates. Deadline: Friday, 15 February 2019


  • The Michael Z. Brooke Doctoral Prize (£200 and a certificate): for the best doctoral paper.
  • The Neil Hood and Stephen Young Prize (£200 and a certificate): for the most original new work.


AIB-UKI – Adam Smith Best Doctoral Dissertation Award

In addition, there is a competition for candidates who have obtained their doctoral degrees from a UK or Ireland based institution. To be eligible candidates must have successfully graduated within the last two academic years, i.e. after 31st August 2016. Deadline: Friday, 15th February 2018

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to make presentations at the 46th AIB-UKI conference to be hosted by the University of Sussex Business School on 25-27 April 2019.


  • The Adam Smith Best Doctoral Dissertation Award (£500 and a certificate)

For more details about the AIB-UKI 2019 conference, please visit: https://www.aib-uki.org/conference.html

Any additional queries can be sent by email to the Convenor of Doctoral Colloquium, Dr Surender Munjal (S.Munjal@lubs.leeds.ac.uk)

JBE SI: Business Ethics in the Post-Communist Societies of Central and Eastern Europe

Journal of Business Ethics

Special Issue Call for Papers: “Business Ethics in the Post-Communist Societies of Central and Eastern Europe”

Submission Deadline for Full Papers: Friday 1 November 2019

Guest Editors
Anna Soulsby, Nottingham University Business School, U.K.
Email: anna.soulsby@nottingham.ac.uk

Anna Remišová, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Email: anna.remisova@fm.uniba.sk

Thomas Steger, University of Regensburg, Germany.
Email: thomas.steger@wiwi.uni-regensburg.de

Introduction to the Special Issue Call for Papers
This call for papers, which follows on from the last special issue on post-communist societies (Brown, McCabe and Primeaux, 2003) will focus on the developments in ethical standards in the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe as over thirty years has elapsed since the demise of the Soviet Bloc. Despite some common institutional features the societies of Central and Eastern Europe have had very different experiences (Hardy, 2014; Myant and Drahokoupil, 2010; 2011) with uneven developments across the region since the collapse of communism. In this special issue we invite papers that explore business ethics situated within the context of the challenges that face these still transforming societies. The post-communist societies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have experienced radical changes since the collapse of communism. A particular issue for these societies has been the development of new political and economic institutions to meet the requirements of modern European market democracies. An important part of this process was the move to develop these societies to conform to the norms of the European Union leading to eventual accession (with exception of the former Eastern Germany) in the 2000s. Managers of organisations have had to respond to the fast changes in their markets, the privatisation of former state-owned enterprises (Filatotchev, Starkey and Wright, 1994; Gray, 1996), the rolling back of the state, the development competition with new companies (Smallbone and Welter, 2001), the impact of foreign direct investment and the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Managers have also had to respond to the challenge of the re-legitimisation of management as an activity in post-communist society where managers were viewed as part of the repressive state bureaucracy (Bohata, 1997).

We are interested in theoretical and empirical research on that investigates managerial and organisational responses to these challenges. Papers might consider, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:

  • The influence of privatisation and post-privatisation strategies on management behaviour and ethics
  • Leadership, misconduct and unethical behaviour by managers and owners of companies
  • Corporate governance and transparency and corruption
  • The development of local and national government institutions after the collapse of the Soviet Bloc and their influence on managers and organisations
  • Spill-over effects and the influence of joint-ventures and multi-multinationals on the development of managerial practices and ethics
  • The development of professional ethical standards in CEE and management education programmes
  • The effects of the historical legacy of societal tolerance of corruption and unethical behaviour
  • Comparative studies of managerial behaviour across the CEE region

Submission Process and Deadline
Authors should refer to the Journal of Business Ethics website for instructions on submitting a paper and for more information about the journal: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/10551.

Submission of papers to the special issue is required through Editorial Manager at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/busi/.
Upon submission, please indicate that your submission is to this Special Issue.
Any questions about potential topics and papers should be directed to the guest editors of the special issue.

The deadline for submission of full papers is Friday 1 November 2019.

Paper Development Workshop
There will be a paper development workshop organised at the University of Regensburg, 11- 12 July 2019. Please email thomas.steger@wiwi.uni-regensburg.de with your paper by 27 May 2019. Please note that attendance at the workshop is not a requirement for submission to the special issue.

Bohata, M. (1997). Business Ethics in Central and Eastern Europe with Special Focus on the Czech Republic. Journal of Business Ethics, 15: 1571–1577.
Brown, W. S; McCabe, D. and Primeaux, P. (2003). Business Ethics in Transitional Economies, Introduction. Journal of Business Ethics, 47, 4: 295-297.
Filatotchev, I.; Starkey, K. and Wright, M. (1994). The Ethical Challenge of Management Buy-Outs as a Form of Privatisation in Central and Eastern Europe. Journal of Business Ethics, 13, 7: 523-534.
Gray, C. (1996). In Search of Owners: Privatization and Corporate Governance in Transition Economies. The World Bank Research Observer, 11, 2: 179-97.
Hardy, J. (2014). Transformation and Crisis in Central and Eastern Europe: A Combined and Uneven Development Perspective. Capital & Class, 38, 1:143–155.
Myant, M. and Drahokoupil, J. (2010). Transition Economies: Political Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, N.J.
Myant, M and Drahokoupil, J. (2012). International Integration, Varieties of Capitalism and Resilience to Crisis in Transition Economies. Europe-Asia Studies, 64, 1: 1-33.
Smallbone, D. and Welter, F. (2001). The Distinctiveness of Entrepreneurship in Transition Economies. Small Business Economics, 16, 4: 249–262.

Perceiving the Present by Means of the Past: Theorizing the Strategic Importance of Corporate Archives

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AS: I’m pleased to announce the publication of a new book chapter.

Wim van Lent  and Andrew D. Smith , (2019), Perceiving the Present by Means of the Past: Theorizing the Strategic Importance of Corporate Archives, in Torben Juul Andersen , Simon Torp , Stefan Linder (ed.) Strategic Responsiveness and Adaptive Organizations: New Research Frontiers in International Strategic Management (Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness, Volume ) , pp.97 – 110


It is commonly acknowledged that history matters in strategy. However, the strategy literature mainly discusses history in terms of path dependency, leaving little room for managerial agency, despite growing anecdotal evidence that managers can actively draw on corporate history to improve decision-making. An emerging literature on how managers use the past to give sense to internal and external stakeholders has given rise to a more agent-based approach to history, but while sense-giving is commonly connected to sense-making as a driver of strategic change, the role of…

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Updated bibliography on methodology for organization history

Historical Methods in Management and Organizational Research:
A Bibliography
January 2019


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Burghausen, M., & Balmer, J. M. T. (2015). Corporate heritage identity stewardship: A corporate marketing perspective, European Journal of Marketing, 49(1), pp. 22-61.

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Coraiola, D., Foster, W. M., & Suddaby, R. (2015). Varieties of History in Organizational Studies. In P. McLaren & A. J. Mills (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History. London: Routledge, pp. 206-221.

Decker, S. (2013). The silence of the archives: Business history, post-colonialism and archival ethnography. Management & Organizational History8(2), pp.155-173.

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