AOM PDW – Stigma research

Developing Stigma Research: Exploring How Our “Lenses” Affect Our Research

https://my.aom.org/program2019/SessionDetails.aspx?sid=10944

Building on our previous PDWs, this PDW aims to help researchers to develop their research projects about stigma and identify opportunities for research. Particularly, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of stigma’s role in influencing identities, organizations, professions, and fields.

Overall, this PDW consists of three components:

-(1) an introduction that defines the topic and provides an overview of recent work.

-(2) Thematic roundtables, each facilitated by 2-3 well-known scholars, which will also focus upon “challenges” that researchers are experiencing in positioning, conceptualizing, and publishing their work. Roundtables will last 60 minutes and have a maximum of 6 participants per table.

-Finally, there will be (3) a panel in which prominent experts, Bryant Hudson, Glen Kreiner, and Paul Tracey, will present their reflections on how their theoretical lenses shape their topics, methods, and findings on stigmatized actors. The organizers will then facilitate a discussion on how our lenses and empirical choices as researchers shape, or should shape, our research, before opening the discussion to the group.

You need to pre-register for this PDW. Please contact the workshop organizers at aomstigma@gmail.com to obtain the approval code. To pre-register you need to submit a 1-2 page document with an abstract of a project and a challenge statement that outlines the issue that you would like to discuss at your roundtable. The deadline to register online is August 2, 2019.

Christian Hampel
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Imperial College Business School
South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

PDW AOM on Organizational Mnemonics

There are still some spots available for the paper development workshop roundtables on Organizational Mnemonics at AOM Aug 9 2019 10:15AM – 12:15PM

  If you have an extended abstract (up to 750-words) that you would like to receive feedback from some leading researchers in the field, please let us know asap so we can include your submission in one of the roundtables.

  The details of the PDW are as follows.

Organizational Mnemonics: The ‘Historical Turn’ and the Research on Learning, Memory, and Ignorance

DATE & TIME
Friday, Aug 9 2019 
10:15AM – 12:15PM
LOCATION
Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Ballroom Salon CD

 Organizers

  • Diego M. Coraiola, University of Alberta
  • Maria Jose (Majo) Murcia, IAE Universidad Austral
  • François Bastien, University of Alberta
  • Fernanda Tsuguichi, University of Victoria

Panelists

  • Mary Crossan, Western University
  • Pablo Martin de Holan, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College
  • Jukka Rintamäki, Loughborough University London
  • William M. Foster, University of Alberta
  • Gabrielle Durepos, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Marcos Barros, Grenoble Ecole de Management

Discussant

  • Michael Rowlinson, University of Exeter

 Aims and Scope

The goal of this PDW is twofold. First, we want to bring together scholars from the three main traditions of thought within the field of organizational mnemonics. We use the concept of mnemonics as a reference to a broader field of inquiry than what is usually included within the research on organizational learning and knowledge management. We argue that the field organizational mnemonics focuses on theorizing about the past as an integral part of organizational life. In addition to the research on organizational learning and knowledge, we include as part of the field the communities interested in the study of collective memory and the uses of the past in organizations, as well as the research on ignorance, stupidity, forgetting-work, and ANTi-history.

So far, however, these communities have been as separate epistemic communities and have rarely engaged directly with one another. This PDW will provide an important forum to display the range of approaches that constitute the field of organizational mnemonics and presenting some of the multiple possibilities of research within and between approaches.

Format of the PDW

The PDW will comprise two parts:

 In the first part, a group of seasoned researchers will share their experience working in the field and present a view about the future of the research on organizational mnemonics. Pre-registration for the first part will not be required.

The second part will focus on providing feedback and career advice to PhD students and Early Career scholars. Participation in the second part of the PDW will require the pre-submission of an extended abstract (750 words). The participants will be assigned to roundtables with the panelists and other participants. They will all read each other abstracts in advance and will receive feedback from one another as well as from the panelists during the roundtables.

PDW Submission Requirements

Scholars interested in participating in the second part of the PDW and get feedback on their research should submit an extended abstract (up to 750-words) to be read in advance by members of the roundtable.

Please direct all inquiries regarding the PDW to Diego Coraiola coraiola@ualberta.ca or Majo Murcia mmurcia@iae.edu.ar.

CBHA/ACHA Research Fellowship

***Deadline Extended to 31 July*** CBHA/ACHA 2019-20 Chris Kobrak Research Fellowship

by Andrew Ross

CBHA 2019-20 Chris Kobrak Research Fellowship Open for Applications

The CBHA/ACHA, Canada’s leading organization for the study of business in Canada, offers support for a research project in an area of Canadian business history. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively in developing proposals that will result in an academic product (scholarly article, book project, digital, oral or public history project) that advances our understanding of some aspect of Canadian business history. The field of study is open to any area or time period, but the Grants Committee especially encourages proposals that embrace questions that emerge from the global and international challenges faced by Canadian business. One particular area of interest for the CBHA/ACHA is the internationalization of Canadian financial services.

The successful applicant will receive up to $5,000 per year over two years, for a total of up to $10,000, to support the completion of the project. Academic support and oversight will be provided by an Academic Advisory Board drawn from the CBHA/ACHA’s membership. The Research Fellowship is open to graduate students (MA, PhD., MBA), and postgraduate scholars at an early stage of their academic careers (within ten years of completing their degrees).

Deadline for applications to the CBHA/ACHA Research Fellowship is July 31, 2019. Applicants should include a cover letter, detailed project proposal, and curriculum vitae to be sent by email to J. Andrew Ross, Chair of the Chris Kobrak Fellowship Committee, at jarring@gmail.com.

Entrepreneurship and History PDW at the AOM

We are excited to announce a PDW on Entrepreneurship and History on Friday, Aug 9 2019 12:00PM – 2:00PM at Boston Marriott Copley Place in Grand Ballroom Salon IJK.

History and entrepreneurship are intertwined in multiple, fundamental ways. Recent scholarship–including a forthcoming special issue of SEJ on historical approaches to entrepreneurship research–has established this connection across a range of topics, modes of inquiry, and as a means for contribution to theory. The purpose of the PDW is to open a door for increased interdisciplinary work on entrepreneurship and history.

Here we draw attention to two critical questions requiring additional exploration at the intersection of entrepreneurship and history. First, what constitutes rigorous historical explanation in the context of entrepreneurship? And second, what is the relationship between history and ongoing entrepreneurial processes?

To facilitate a collective discussion of these two topics, we bring together leading scholars from a variety of traditions ranging from economics to cultural history and from the history of technological innovation to historical cognition to help stimulate a dialogue with workshop attendees regarding these two critical questions at the intersection between the historiographic tradition and modern social-science-based entrepreneurial studies.

The PDW culminates in an activity in which attendees generate and refine research questions and ideas and receive feedback from renowned entrepreneurship scholars and historians of entrepreneurship. I am especially excited about the PDW given the calibre and depth of experience of the facilitators which include:

David A. Kirsch, U. of Maryland
Christina Lubinski, U. of Southern California -Marshall School of Business
Rob Mitchell, Colorado State U.
Daniel Raff, The Wharton School, U. of Pennsylvania
Andrew D A Smith, U. of Liverpool
Daniel Wadhwani, U. of the Pacific
Ricardo Zozimo, Lancaster U.

I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks in Boston!

Trevor

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Trevor Israelsen
University of Victoria
PhD Student
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Interesting Session on Historical Research at the Academy of Management

Reblogged from The Past Speaks:

The Past Speaks

Session Type: Symposium
Program Session: 1675 | Submission: 11526 | Sponsor(s): (OMT)
Scheduled: Tuesday, Aug 13 2019 8:00AM – 9:30AM at Boston Hynes Convention Center in 103

Advancing New Understandings of History in the Management Field
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Kunyuan Qiao, Cornell U.
Christopher Marquis, Cornell U.
Joerg Sydow, Freie U. Berlin
Florian Stache, Freie U. Berlin
Christopher W. J. Steele, U. of Alberta
Milo Shaoqing Wang, U. of Alberta
Paul Ingram, Columbia U.
Brian Silverman, U. of Toronto
Rodolphe Durand, HEC Paris
Andrew Sarta, Ivey Business School
Jean-Philippe Vergne, Ivey Business School
Howard Aldrich, U. of North Carolina

Scholars in the management field have been increasingly interested in how historical factors and processes affect current organizational behaviors and have called for a fuller integration of a historical perspective into organization and management theory. This symposium brings together a diverse set of papers that explore…

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EGOS 2019


I grew up in Cambridge, which isn’t exactly a dump, but even so, Edinburgh’s lovely, isn’t it? I think it’s probably the scale that does it. There are just streets and streets of the stuff: beautiful buildings, intriguing curiosities, well stocked pubs…the weather isn’t even that bad at this time of year. If you’ve not already guessed, the 35th EGOS Colloquium was held in Edinburgh last week and, in addition to the very pleasant location, it was well stocked with plenty of history-related content.

Billed under the theme of Enlightening the Future, the conference organisers juxtaposed the enlightenment heritage of their host city with the ‘post-trust’ age, which society appears to be increasingly embracing. Along these lines, they asked how ‘political shifts, technological advancements, forms of interaction, and focus on personal interests may be re-framing the ways in which decisions are made in organisations.’ It was on these terms that the former-chancellor, Alistair Darling, opened the conference. He reflected on the financial crisis, the then Labour government’s response and the path that the UK and the rest of the world has followed subsequently. His message to the delegates was that political, and not economic issues have been the key impediment economic prosperity since the crisis.

Following the opening ceremony, the colloquium proper began, offering plenty for the historically-inclined organisational scholar. Sub-theme 48 set out to understand the historical forces underlying recent crises, introducing ‘historical-evolutionary organisation studies’ to theorise the link between backward-looking historical perspectives and forward-looking development. Additionally, there was a sub-plenary on Historic Turns: Objective, Rhetorical, and Retrospective, which saw speaker Candace Jones, Kate Kenny and Michael Rowlinson discuss importance of socio-historic context in understanding and interpreting organisations. Of course, the problem with such a packed programme, was the inevitable clashes that it created. As it was, I was enrolled on Sub-theme 30Realising the Potential of Historical Organisation Studies, and it was here that I spent the majority of time over the next few days.

Introducing the sub-theme, conveners Stewart Clegg, Mairi Maclean, Roy Suddaby, and Charles Harvey expressed the rise of historical organisation studies as being part of a wave, with exciting developments and momentum coming at express pace. What was needed now, they argued, was for us to compound the sense of community that had developed and lay the foundations for the field’s coherence and continued growth. Moreover, while history and organisation studies had been expressed through the linking of two separate worlds, it was time to bring them together in practice. With that, a sub-theme programme was chosen that moved away from ‘separate world’ theorising, instead undertaking the ‘getting down and doing’ of historical organisation studies.

The first day saw parallel streams in theory, institutional entrepreneurship, and rhetorical history. Gabrielle Durepos kicked off proceedings in the theory session with a presentation of work done with Russ Vince on reflexivity in historical organisation studies. Their focus here was on the under-appreciated importance of emotion in relation to historical actors, using the example of corporatisation of higher education. The institutional entrepreneurship session followed with papers on legitimacy acquisition in relation to Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Baig and Godley) and the strategic use of aesthetic innovation and its impact on the wider market (Eisenman and Simons). These were followed with a presentation by Mairi Maclean on the link between Hilton’s international expansion and US post-war foreign policy (with Harvey and Suddaby). It was interesting here to hear about how Conrad Hilton deployed rhetoric in framing unknown variables in manner that represented them as relative certainties.

Following enjoyable parties hosted by Bath, CBS and others, the next morning was opened with a second session of rhetorical history, and one on institutions. Attending the latter, I heard stimulating presentations on the legacy of the fraternal ‘golden age’ in compounding the normativity of racial divides, as well the use of ‘crux’ classification within the Bordeaux wine region. While diverse in topic, both papers showed well the value an historical perspective can bring to understanding institutions in their contested and changing form. In addition to work Stephanie Decker and myself presented on digital history, the next session saw papers on the use of corporate archives for since-making by managers (Andrew Smith) and the potential of critical discourse analysis in linking the sociological and the historical (Huber, Bernardi and Iordanou). Before a second round of sub-plenaries, there were also sessions of memory and politics, dealing in turn with the pasts impact on parliamentary and political structures and the role memory plays in wider social life.

The final morning was initiated with papers on processes and boundaries, and entrepreneurship, before a final set of sessions on businesses interface with the public sector and the organisation of religion. Given it was both a Saturday morning and there had been much parting the evening before, it was great to see so many delegates engaging fully in these final sessions of the conference. Indeed, despite the intellectual fatigue that can set in towards the end such events, these sessions stimulated some of the most interesting discussions of the three days. It is testament to both the effort and execution of the organisers that the sub-theme generated such excellent feedback and discussion, and I know that presenters and audiences alike found it a thoroughly valuable experience. Mairi, Stewart, Roy and Charles should be congratulated along with EGOS for putting on a fine event, and must be thanked for all their efforts in bringing it to fruition.

Are you attending an event relevant to business or organisational history this summer? We’re always looking for volunteers to write reports for the network. We would particularly love to hear from anyone interested in providing content for the upcoming AoM and EBHA conferences. For further enquiries, please contact Adam Nix (adam.nix@dmu.ac.uk).

BH 61.6 September issue now out

Business History

Business History, Volume 61, Issue 6, September 2019 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Table of contents

Research articles

Open Access

Prospects for a transparency revolution in the field of business history |
Andrew Smith & Maki Umemura
Pages: 919-941 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2018.1439019

What’s in a price? The American raw cotton market in Liverpool and the Anglo-American War
Sheryllynne Haggerty
Pages: 942-970 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2018.1434146

Restructuring of the Danish pork industry: The role of mergers and takeovers, 1960–2010
Jesper Strandskov
Pages: 971-1004 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2018.1439020

Failure to learn from failure: The 2008 mortgage crisis as a déjà vu of the mortgage meltdown of 1994
Natalya Vinokurova
Pages: 1005-1050 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2018.1440548

The early emergence of European commercial education in the nineteenth century: Insights from higher engineering schools
Adrien Jean-Guy Passant
Pages: 1051-1082 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2018.1448063

Book reviews

Les Gillet de Lyon. Fortunes d’une grande dynastie industrielle (1838-2015)
Hubert Bonin
Pages: 1083-1085 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1216506

La sfida internazionale della Comit
Giuseppe Telesca
Pages: 1086-1087 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2018.1443784

Aluminiumville: Government, global business, and the Scottish Highlands
Lachlan MacKinnon
Pages: 1088-1089 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2018.1446769

Radical business

For those not socialised into its norms and traditions, Oxford’s exam season can make for a somewhat bewildering spectacle. As it was for me when I arrived in the city last Thursday to find the practice of ‘trashing’ in full swing outside my hotel. Looking on with bemusement, I was told that it had historically involved the barraging of gown-clad undergraduates with eggs, flower, and even fish entrails as they left their last exams. Though officially now banned by the University, a more sanitised version is still widely practiced today, with shaving foam, confetti and other mostly harmless ordnance the worst one can expect. Standing there, it occurred to me that the modernised persistence of this nineteen-century tradition had more than a passing relevance to the symposium I had come to attend. However, I was already pushing my luck and, not wanting to become collateral, I manoeuvred around some particularly dramatic casualties and retreated into my hotel.

The next morning, the students had gone, and I headed to the Bodleian’s Weston Library in glorious midsummer conditions to register for the Radical Business Symposium. Generously funded by RBC Foundation and the Bodleian’s Centre for the Study of the Book, the Symposium’s agenda set out a day focused on the contestation and evolution of social norms over time, particularly in the context of businesses and their relationship to wider society. As the organiser, David Smith, noted to me afterwards “the event featured different disciplines exploring how business and culture change each other — often in surprising ways. During a time when business is increasingly expected to lead or respond to cultural issues, this area of research is especially timely.”

The first session, embedding and transforming social norms, was kicked off by Heidi Tworek, who discussed the role German news agencies played distributing political rhetoric throughout their international networks. Focusing particularly on Alfred Hugenberg’s Telegraph Union, it was fascinating to hear how a blend of political and commercial aims ultimately contributed the media mogul losing control of his empire, when the Nazi party he’d worked to install subsumed national media activities. Following this, David Smith gave a paper on CSR and its links to Christian ethics, highlighting the efforts of Howard Bowen in promoting levels of professional ‘best practice’ before more neoliberal agendas stripped CSR of its normative basis. The session was rounded off with a report by Pegram Harrison on the contestation of purpose faced by museums. Here, he showed how the leaders of such institutions must increasingly manage a ‘trilemma’ of cultural, commercial and community responsibilities in order to meet their brief.

Pegram Harrison

After a coffee break, the next session focused on the relationship between business and national interests, starting with a paper by Aled Davies on UK ‘invisible exports’. His work here showed how the presence of particular skills and capabilities helped promote London’s rise to global financial power, complementing the UK’s already well-established industrial presence. Following this, Neil Forbes gave an analysis of how BP’s commercial interests co-existed with the national interests of the UK, ultimately illustrating well how taxation policy does not have to conflict with business. To round off the morning, James Hollis then showed how the offshore economy owes its origins to the blockade and later reparations imposed on Germany during the First World War. Here, a network of underground commercial links between Germany and neutral nations provided an important solution to sanctions during the war itself and flags of convenience mitigated the liability of owning German registered ships in its aftermath.

James Hollis

The afternoon session on corruption and stigma was kicked off by Stephanie Decker and myself, discussing some of our work on Enron and the California energy crisis. Following this, Lola Wilhelm gave a fascinating account of Nestle’s initial efforts to create a baby food market in Africa, showing how its reputation was originally that of a progressive, post-natal medical champion, rather than the later toxic links relating to this aspect of its past. Will Pettigrew finished the session by showing how corporations of the early modern period managed issues of fraud, focusing particularly on the agency problems European businesses encountered during their overseas interests. He pointed out here that, rather than instilling the European institutions upon in the East, adaptive policy changes were driven by more commercial experience in overseas, which was disseminated back into Europe.

Changing organisational norms occupied the final session of the day, and Anne Murphy started with a paper elaborating the Bank of England’s efforts to self-reform, acting before external parties moved to bring their house in order for them. Following this, Michael Weatherburn showed the value historical consultancy represents to business and government, presenting as an example his recent work analysing social and economic forecasting. Finally, Alan Morrison provided a thought-provoking paper on the movement of investment banks from relational to technocratic trading, presenting the concept of ‘braiding’ to explain the somewhat problematic coexistence of trust-based and contract-based norms in the balancing of customers and firm interests.

Concluding the symposium, David Vines drew upon several of the day’s presentations to illustrate how the changing nature of social norms was influenced by the repeated games played by individuals during their day-to-day lives. In addition to noting how norms change expectations over time, he highlighted the inverse relationship, where expectations represent a self-fulling prophesy for normative change. Following the session papers, the symposium members retired for drinks, which concluded a most successful and thought-provoking day. For this, thanks must go to colloquium organisers for arranging such a stimulating and well managed event. 

Are you attending an event relevant to business or organisational history this summer? We’re always looking for volunteers to write reports for the network. We would particularly love to hear from anyone interested in providing content for the upcoming AoM and EBHA conferences. For further enquiries, please contact Adam Nix (adam.nix@dmu.ac.uk).