Happy holidays everyone, and here is a quick holiday announcement of a new paid-for role at the BHC!
Applications Invited for Research Associates (8 months) for Digital Strategy Research Project of the Business History Conference
About the BHC
The Business History Conference is a scholarly organization devoted to encouraging all aspects of research, writing, and teaching about business history and about the environment in which businesses operate. Founded in 1954, the organization is now international in scope, with approximately 30 percent of its membership residing outside North America.
About the project
The BHC´s digital presence began under the leadership of Pat Denault in the early 2000s. Now the BHC manages a website, a blog, and social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn). In addition, especially with the coronavirus pandemic, some of its regular events have become virtual, thus the BHC increasingly relies on digital technology to connect with its members. Anticipating more changes to the technological and economic environment, BHC´s Web Editor (Paula de la Cruz-Fernández) and Web Administrator (Shane Hamilton) have received authorization from the BHC Trustees to initiate a thorough review of our current digital strategies. This review of officers’ and members’ expectations and experiences of our existing digital tools, as well as consideration of best practices being pioneered by other organizations in a turbulent environment, will guide the future digital work of our officers and directors.
The BHC invites applications for two research positions, each eight months in duration. The work begins in February and continues through September (a total of 30 weeks). We expect the researchers to work 10 hours a week ($20/hour). One of the researchers must be fully bilingual in Spanish and English.
The researchers will, in coordination with the BHC Electronic Media Oversight Committee and the BHC Web Editor and Web Administrator:
- Review current platforms and usage of them.
- Interview users of web platforms and events (both in person and online interview).
- Run focus groups to learn more about perceptions related to the Annual Meeting, the Doctoral Colloquium, and the Mid-year event among others.
- Research what other organizations are doing in regards to online initiatives and virtual/hybrid meetings.
- Collect pertinent information in terms of digital best practices for scholarly organizations.
- Assist in the creation of a strategy report.
Requirements to apply:
- One of the researchers must be bilingual.
- Graduate students / emerging scholars are encouraged to apply.
- Strong awareness of digital communications technologies, including social media tools, web platforms, and video conferencing platforms, though advanced technical skills (e.g., coding, server or database management) are not necessary.
- Knowledgeable or familiar with scholarly associations and also with business history.
- Send a letter of interest explaining your experience in digital projects and potential contributions to the project.
- Brief CV.
Send documents in one PDF file to the project directors Paula de la Cruz Fernandez and Shane Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 14th, 2022.
Business History Review has published an important piece titled “Reframing Chinese Business History” by Adam Frost. This is another example of business history becoming more international to engage more with research on under-represented areas. The article is now available online and open access (see abstract and link below).
OHN will take a break over the holidays, and we wish you a merry Christmas, happy winter holidays, and fingers crossed for the new year, wherever you are!
Business history is expanding to include a greater plurality of contexts, with the study of Chinese business representing a key area of growth. However, despite efforts to bring China into the fold, much of Chinese business history remains stubbornly distal to the discipline. One reason is that business historians have not yet reconciled with the field’s unique origins and intellectual tradition. This article develops a revisionist historiography of Chinese business history that retraces the field’s development from its Cold War roots to the present day, showing how it has been shaped by the particular questions and concerns of “area studies.” It then goes on to explore five recent areas of novel inquiry, namely: the study of indigenous business institutions, business and semi-colonial context, business at the periphery of empire, business during socialist transition, and business under Chinese socialism. Through this mapping of past and present trajectories, the article aims to provide greater coherence to the burgeoning field and shows how, by taking Chinese business history seriously, we are afforded a unique opportunity to reimagine the future of business history as a whole.
Access the article here.
I was very pleased to see a historical piece by the well-known business historian Lou Galambos in the Academy of Management Perspectives recently. His contribution features in an issue that features articles on digital globalization, platform business models, and AI – it is great to see how AOM journals have opened up to a more pluralistic understanding of what management research can be.
Academy of Management Perspectives Vol. 35, No. 4
Published Online: 29 Nov 2021 https://doi.org/10.5465/amp.2019.0132
Entrepreneurship is the driving force of capitalism; this article takes an historical lens to explore the culture that sustains that process. Behavioral economics provides an intellectual framework for analyzing the great variety of entrepreneurial enterprises that thrived in nineteenth-century America. Failures abounded, but the search for new opportunities continued and, by 1900, the frontier and the First and Second Industrial Revolutions had brought America to global industrial leadership and to the edge of a challenging cultural, political, and economic transition.
The Business History Conference´s Collective Bibliography is a searchable database of references related to the following themes:
- Business history and race
- Gender and business history
- Business history in Latin America
- Business and Power
Users of the tool, which is open to all on the BHC´s website, can search by collections (see themes above), by type of document, and by key terms. The database contains over 1000 references contributed by scholars in business history. The Business History Conference continues to expand this resource and soon will add a collection on Chinese business history and Teaching resources in business history.
For contributions or questions, please contact the BHC´s web editor [web-editor at thebhc.org]
Newcastle Business School
BUSINESS HISTORY GROUP
19th January 2022 Dr Jessica van Horssen (Leeds Beckett University): Medical Risks vs. Financial Rewards: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Asbestos Trade, 1930-197
23rd February 2022 Dr Andrew Smith (University of Liverpool): How Do Professionals Investors Benefit from Learning About Financial History? Insights from an Interview-Based Study
March 2022 Professor Jillian Gordon and Professor Niall MacKenzie (University of Glasgow): TBC
20th April 2022 Dr Peter Buckles (University of Liverpool): Crisis and Uncertainty in the Bristol-West India Sugar Trade, 1783-1802
May 2022 BHG Research Showcase Event Two
8th June 2022 Professor Daniel Raff (University of Pennsylvania): Historical Explanation Reconsidered and Some Tasks for Business History
For more information, please get in touch with the seminar convenors: Dr Ian Jones and Ellie Charalambous
We are pleased to announce that the Call for Papers on the theme “Accounting for Death: An historical perspective” which is to be guest-edited by Professors Lee Moerman and Sandra van der Laan. The call can be found at: https://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/ACH/AH%20CFP%20Accounting%20for%20Death%20Final-1636352407.pdf.
Research into accounting for death tends to identify death as a transactional phenomenon used in calculative practices; or a consequence of organisational or institutional activity that gives rise to demands for accountability. In situations where death is the consequence of intended or unintended organisational or institutional activity, the responsibility is to render an account of death. In order to reorient the analytical focus to death as a phenomenon in accounting studies, the term necroaccountability has been introduced into the lexicon (Moerman and van der Laan, 2022 forthcoming). However, to date, a few scattered studies in accounting history have closely examined the relationships between accounting and death whether in regards to necroaccountability or other angles that are outlined in the call for papers. Author(s) are encouraged to submit their papers for peer review, with the final date for submission of papers to the special issue being 15 September 2023. Potential contributors are welcome to contact the Guest Editors to discuss their proposed topics at: Lee Moerman, University of Wollongong (email@example.com) Sandra van der Laan, The University of Sydney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All submissions must follow the journal’s style guidelines found on the SAGE website: https://journals.sagepub.com/author-instructions/ACH.
Carolyn, Carolyn and Laura
Carolyn Cordery, Carolyn Fowler and Laura Maran
Editors, Accounting History
In the course of the twentieth century, Italy succeeded in establishing itself as one of the world’s preeminent fashion capitals, despite the centuries-old predominance of Paris and London. This book traces the story of how this came to be, guiding readers through the major cultural and economic revolutions of twentieth-century Italy and how they shaped the consumption practices and material lives of everyday Italians. In the interview with Roger Horowitz, Executive Director of Hagley Center, Emanuela Scarpellini explores the economic and cultural changes that made it possible for Italian fashion to rise to world prominence in the 1960s and 1970s. She also uncovers the important role played by the DuPont Company in this process, using documents from the Hagley archives to show the company encouraged and promoted the use of synthetic fibers in clothes created by Italian designers.
Emanuela Scarpellini is Professor of Modern History at the University of Milan, Italy. She is the author of several books, including Material Nation: A Consumer’s History of Modern Italy (2011) and Food and Foodways in Italy from 1861 to the Present (Palgrave, 2016).
The audio-only version of this program is available on our podcast.
Interview available at https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-emanuela-scarpellini .
Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout.