#BHC2022MexicoCity and #BHC2022online program available

The #BHC2022MexicoCity and #BHC2022online program is now available. On April 6 participants will be able to attend virtual workshops and April 7 and 8 there will be concurrent sessions running from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (all times are Mexico Daylight Time). The final day of the 2022 Business History Conference April 9 will focus on in-person activities at the Hotel Maria Isabel in the heart of Mexico City.  These include conventional events, such as the Krooss Prize Session and the Prize Ceremony. Some of these events will be hybrid and online registrants will be able to attend them from their computers.

The full program can be accessed here: https://thebhc.org/meeting-program/35684

You may register by selecting a full registration ticket or an online registration ticket here: https://thebhc.org/annual-meeting-registration

Please share the word, this is the most international program the Business History Conference has organized so far with participants representing more than 200 universities around the world. The broad range of topics is also impressive, from sessions on women in the world of finance to the history of business education around the world.

For questions please contact the Program Committee at ProgramCommittee@thebhc.org For technical questions please contact the Web Editor web-editor@thebhc.org.

Accounting History News

Dear Colleagues,

Happy new year. Below are a few announcements from the journal to begin 2022.

Although we have received a number of submissions for the “Accounting for Natural Disasters: An Historical Perspective” special issue, due to the impact of COVID19 we have decided to extend the due date of the call for papers to 15 September 2022. The call can be found at: https://journals.sagepub.com/page/ach/call-for-papers . Potential contributors are welcome to contact the Guest Editor, Professor Massimo Sargiacomo of University G.d’Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara, to discuss their proposed topics at: msargiacomo@unich.it.

We are looking forward to greeting you all at the eleventh Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC) to be held in Portsmouth, UK from 7 – 9 September 2022 with the theme of “How does accounting shape the past, present and future of society?”. This is hosted by the School of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, and supported by the Accounting History SIG of AFAANZ and the journal. (The conference web site is found at:https://www.port.ac.uk/11AHIC .) The final date for submission of papers should be submitted in Word format no later  than 1 March 2022 to https://www.conftool.org/11ahic/ . A special issue of the journal on the conference theme is scheduled to be published following the event and the call for papers will follow. 

The Accounting History International Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium (AHIESC) will be held as part of the 11AHIC on 7 September 2022.  Individuals who wish to express an interest in attending the AHIESC are requested to forward  their  research  proposals,  brief  biographical  details  and  a  CV  to  Carolyn  Fowler  no later  than  1  March  2022  at  the  following  address:  carolyn.fowler@vuw.ac.nz.  The call for proposals is at the following link under ‘call for papers’ towards the end of the page:  https://journals.sagepub.com/home/ach .

Kindly pass on this information about the extension of the due date for the “Accounting for Natural Disasters: An Historical Perspective” special issue along with the 11AHIC and AHIESC information to any scholars and HDR students in your network who have an interest in Accounting History research.

Best wishes.

Carolyn, Carolyn and Laura

Carolyn Cordery, Carolyn Fowler and Laura Maran

Editors, Accounting History

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Roundtable on Enchantment in the History of Capitalism

Dear colleagues,

We are a network of scholars who seek to develop enchantment as an organizing theme in historical studies of capitalism. We hope to provide a platform for those interested in the historical role of enchantment as a tool, structure, or foundation for the organization and the development of modern markets, economic institutions, and economic relationships.

The first meeting of the network will take place on February 24, at 14:30 GMT on Zoom. It will be led by two expert speakers on magic and religion, Professor Owen Davies and Professor Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm. 

This is the first of a series of reading-group style workshops, intended to reflect on the meaning of enchantment and its uses in existing scholarship across different disciplines, with a longer-term view to redirect the concept and shed new light on the history of capitalism. 

More information on the first and future meetings, assigned pre-readings, as well as registration to the meeting and to our mailing list, are available on the network website: https://economic-enchantments.net/

We hope that many of you will join us on this intellectual journey!

Anat Rosenberg and Astrid Van den Bossche

Dr Astrid Van den Bossche
Lecturer in Digital Marketing and Communications
Department of Digital Humanities 
King’s College London | Strand Campus | WC2R 2LS

New Hagley Hangout – with Paula de la Cruz-Fernandez

Hagley History Hangout

Paula A. de la Cruz-Fernández’s book Gendered Capitalism: Sewing Machines and Multinational Business in Spain and Mexico, 1850–1940 explores how the gender-specific cultures of sewing and embroidery shaped the US Singer Sewing Machine Company’s operations. Using the cases of Spain and Mexico, Fernandez details how the cultural, everyday realm of female use of sewing machines for family or business purposes influenced corporate organization and marketing strategy. In those places local agents, both men and women, developed and expanded Singer’s selling system such that this American-based multinational company assumed a domestic guise because of its focus on the private sphere of the home. In this way Fernandez genders the corporation, especially the intersection between feminine domesticity, commerce, and corporate strategy. 

Paula A. de la Cruz-Fernández is the Digital Editor of the Business History Conference and Digital Heritage Manager at the University of Florida. She received her Ph D in history from Florida International University in 2013. 

The audio only version of this program is available on our podcast.

Interview available at https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-paula-de-la-cruz-fernandez,

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

Roger Horowitz
Executive Director
Hagley Center

Carol Ressler Lockman
Hagley Center

Recently released Business History 64(2)

Special Issue: Noblemen Entrepreneurs

This editorial introduces the 10 articles included in the special issue on ‘Noblemen-entrepreneurs in the Nineteenth Century. Investments, Innovation, Management and Networks’. The collected works focus on the business activities of noblemen in Europe and Asia, thus offering up opportunities for comparison in an age of economic expansion and globalisation. What was the contribution of the nobility to the economy? Can we consider noblemen to have been endowed with an entrepreneurial spirit? What differences or similarities can we draw between the European and Asian elites? In this introduction, we give a synthetic overview of the relevant issues in the broad topic of the collection and their importance to business history, and briefly present the accepted articles. As two of the articles deal with the Japanese case, while the others focus on Europe, we have dedicated specific sections to the European and Japanese nobilities.

Abe, Takeshi, Izumi Shirai, and Takenobu Yuki. 2022. “Socio-Economic Activities of Former Feudal Lords in Meiji Japan.” Business History 64 (2): 405–33. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1828354.

Conca Messina, Silvia A., and Takeshi Abe. 2022. “Noblemen in Business in the Nineteenth Century: The Survival of an Economic Elite?*.” Business History 64 (2): 207–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2021.1972974.

Conca Messina, Silvia A., and Catia Brilli. 2022. “Agriculture and Nobility in Lombardy. Land, Management and Innovation (1815-1861).” Business History 64 (2): 255–79. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1648435.

Felisini, Daniela. 2022. “Far from the Passive Property. An Entrepreneurial Landowner in the Nineteenth Century Papal State.” Business History 64 (2): 226–38. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1597853.

Giner, Begoña, and Amparo Ruiz. 2022. “Family Entrepreneurial Orientation as a Driver of Longevity in Family Firms: A Historic Analysis of the Ennobled Trenor Family and Trenor y Cía.” Business History 64 (2): 327–58. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1801645.

Jensen-Eriksen, Niklas, Saara Hilpinen, and Annette Forsén. 2022. “Nordic Noblemen in Business: The Ehrnrooth Family and the Modernisation of the Finnish Economy during the Late 19th Century.” Business History 64 (2): 385–404. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1828868.

Mata, Maria Eugenia. 2022. “Exemplifying Aristocratic Cross-Border Entrepreneurship before WWI, from a Portuguese Perspective.” Business History 64 (2): 280–96. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1727447.

Nakaoka, Shunsuke. 2022. “A Gateway to the Business World? The Analysis of Networks in Connecting the Modern Japanese Nobility to the Business Elite.” Business History 64 (2): 434–55. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1828353.

Poettinger, Monika. 2022. “An Aristocratic Enterprise: The Ginori Porcelain Manufactory (1735–1896).” Business History 64 (2): 359–84. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1801643.

Tedeschi, Paolo. 2022. “The Noble Entrepreneurs Coming from the Bourgeoisie: Counts Bettoni Cazzago during the Nineteenth Century.” Business History 64 (2): 239–54. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1653283.

Tolaini, Roberto. 2022. “The Genoese Nobility: Land, Finance and Business from Restoration to the First World War.” Business History 64 (2): 297–326. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1801644.

Updated Special Issue policy for Business History

Business History publishes three or four special issues each year. Check out the SIs from 2021:

The Rise of Indian Business in the Global Context in the Twentieth Century

Bank-Industry versus Stock Market-Industry Relationships

Business-Government relations and national economic models: how do varieties of capitalism emerge and develop over time?

There are two open calls at the moment, see here: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/fbsh20

If you wish to send a proposal for a Special Issue, check out the updated policy below

Special issue information [policy]

Proposals for special issues are considered by the editorial team twice a year, once in June and once in December, to allow for a more systematic decision-making process. The deadline for submitting a special issue proposal is the first Friday in June and December. 

Proposals should be submitted to the Managing Editor (businesshistoryeic@gmail.com) and copied to the Joint Editors-in-Chief, Stephanie Decker (Stephanie.Decker@bristol.ac.uk) and Neil Rollings (Neil.Rollings@glasgow.ac.uk). Guest editors remain free to submit proposed SIs at any point in the year but the proposals will not be considered until the next deadline. Guest editors will receive a decision shortly after the deadline. The expectation is that up to two special issues will be approved in any round averaging to three being commissioned each year, assuming that they are regarded as of suitable appeal. Decisions will be relayed to the applicants with feedback early in the New Year and the summer depending on the relevant deadline. 

Submitted proposals must be fully worked out in advance of submission. Editors remain happy to advise on proposed SIs in advance of any submission but that any revisions requested by the editorial team after submission are expected to be minor. To this end it is important that potential guest editors acquaint themselves closely with the requirements for a SI proposal. The guidance below is a slightly amended and abridged version of the 2016 editorial on Special Issues. That editorial still forms the basis of our approach to Special Issues but the guidance below reflects our experience since 2016 on the way the process has worked. Rejected proposals can be resubmitted to the next SI competition but only if invited to do so and after significant and substantial revision in line with any feedback offered.

Special Issue Proposal Guidance

  • Presentation of the topic and the questions to be addressed.
  • Justification and relevance of the topic. It is important to explain why the proposed Special Issue fits within the remit of Business History, its contribution to business history as a field and why business historians would be interested in the proposed theme.
  • One to two pages providing a short synthesis of existing debates and the state of literature in the field, research gaps in that field and how the special issue will contribute to fill these gaps. This part should include references.
  • An outline of the mechanisms to be used to attract high quality articles. This could take the form of an open Call for Papers or an indication of invited contributions emerging from specialised workshops or sessions in conferences or congresses. It is important to show how this process has endeavoured to be inclusive.
  • Acknowledgment that all the articles proposed for the special issue, including the introductory essay, have not previously been published and are not under consideration elsewhere.
  • Acknowledgement that all articles will be submitted through the ScholarOne electronic platform for the journal in order to be peer-reviewed before acceptance for publication.
  • A proposed timetable with deadlines for completion of key milestones, which is to be monitored by the Guest Editors in close coordination with the member of the editorial team assigned to oversee progress on the special issue. The timetable should generally include: the date when a Call for Papers (if relevant) will be published or the dates of a workshop or session in the case of invited articles; the deadline for authors to submit the first version of their article to the ScholarOne website for peer-review evaluation (including the introductory article, which will be handled by the Associate Editor in charge of the special issue); the expected deadline for completion of the peer review process; and a suggested date for final publication. Please note that the final decision on this publication date will be in the hands of the editorial team, who need to take into account other articles accepted for publication in the journal and other special issues.
  • Guest Editor details, including names, academic affiliation, address and email, accompanied by a short biography with indication of most important research conducted by guest editors, and citations for the last two or three relevant publications related to the topic of the proposed Special Issue.

Hagley Seminar on Business, Culture, and Politics

Building on the 30-year legacy of the Hagley Research seminar, the Hagley Seminar on Business, Culture, and Politics features original and creative work in progress essays that make use of business history sources. 

All seminars are held on Zoom between noon and 1:30 p.m. Eastern USA time. Seminars are based on a paper that is circulated in advance. Preregistration is required and space is limited. To find registration links as well as additional information on the seminars, please go to https://www.hagley.org/research/research-seminars. Questions may be sent to Carol Lockman, clockman@Hagley.org

2022 Spring Seminar series

February 23, noon-1:30

Kelly Goodman, West Chester University, “’Let’s Freeze Government Too’: The Business Campaign for Tax Limitation”

Comment: Ben Waterhouse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

March 23, noon-1:30

Dylan Gottlieb, Hagley Library NEH Fellow, “Good Taste: Yuppie Gourmet Culture in the Age of Inequality”

Comment: Amy Bentley, New York University

April 20, noon-1:30

Karen Mahar, Sienna College, “Eugenics and the Creation of the Business Executive, 1900-1920”

Comment: Wendy Gamber, Indiana University

May 18, noon-1:30 

Salem Elzway, University of Michigan, “Marxist Manipulators: Robots on the Line at Lordstown”

Comment: Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara

Industrial History Review Special Issue Call

Revista de Historia Industrial – Industrial History Review (RHI–IHR)


Workshop of the RHI– IHR at the EBHA 2022 Congress


The Revista de Historia Industrial-Industrial History Review would like to invite you to submit a paper proposal for a session at the forthcoming European Business History Association Congress (Madrid, June 22-24, 2022). It will be organized by Veronica Binda (Bocconi University) and Anna Spadavecchia (Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde). 

In a provocative article published in 2010, Jari Eloranta, Jari Ojala, and Heli Valtonen discussed whether the relation between quantitative methods and Business History was an “impossible equation”. Their investigation into the use of quantitative methods in the articles published by the two premier journals in business history in the 1990s, highlighted a frequent use of basic quantitative tools, such as charts and tables, and a very limited use of advanced statistical methods. Furthermore, the key question, whether the articles based on quantitative analysis influenced the academic debate more strongly than those adopting qualitative methods, did not lead to a clear-cut answer. The use of quantitative methods per se had no significant, or even negative, impact on the citations of the articles. However, the use of quantitative methods in conjunction with the length of the articles (Business History Review) or theoretical focus (Business History) led to a higher number of citations, thus indicating a greater impact of these articles on the debate within and across disciplines. (Eloranta, Ojala and Valtonen, 2010). 
The adoption of quantitative methods in Business History was explored in further detail and integrated in a comprehensive discussion on methodological approaches in Business History in its post-Chandlerian phase. One significant output of this debate is the Special Issue (SI) edited by Abe De Jong and David Michael Higgins published in Business History in 2015. This SI gathered contributions which explicitly engaged in theory-building and theory-testing in business history using a diverse range of methodologies and perspectives. The opening article by Abe de Jong, David Michael Higgins and Hugo van Driel explains how quantitative methods, such as necessary conditions analysis and variable-based techniques, in addition to qualitative methods, could be used to test hypotheses and elaborate theories. These aims resonate in Walter Friedman and Geoffrey Jones’ editorial where they encourage business historians “to make use of […] rich empirical data in order to build broad generalisations” (Friedman and Jones, 2011). One of the discipline’s future paths identified by Geoffrey Jones is based on the use of quantitative tools and construction of databases in order to test hypotheses, as well as developing methodologies to analyze small samples and qualitative data (Jones, van Leeuwen, Broadberry, 2012). These indications are far from imply that the discipline should be dominated by one specific methodology, but rather they stress the need for a plurality of rigorous methodologies. Indeed, as Stephanie Decker, Matthias Kipping and R. Daniel Wadhwani reflected, testing hypotheses is only one of the aims of the discipline, in addition to “uncovering sequences and processes, or synthesising complex developments related to the phenomenon being studied” (Decker, Kipping and Wadhwani, 2015).
After more than a decade from the inception of this debate there have been many developments in and around the field of Business History. This workshop aims to discuss and assess:
– the current diffusion and typology of quantitative methods in the discipline;
– the aims and purposes that these methods serve vis-à-vis research questions that are not suited to quantitative analysis;
– how the discipline has been impacted by the diffusion of quantitative methods in relation to cognate disciplines, such as economic history, management and business studies;
– updates to the existing literature on this topic, which has previously considered only leading British and American journals. 

We thus especially welcome contributions which can broaden and enrich the current body of work on this topic. These include theoretical articles and original empirical contributions based on a diverse range of quantitative methods.
After a process of double-blind review, to be carried out after the congress, five of the accepted papers will be selected for a Special Issue of the Revista de Historia Industrial – Industrial History Review edited by Veronica Binda and Anna Spadavecchia, scheduled to be published in 2023. The remaining contributions, if accepted in the peer review process, can be published in regular issues of the journal.
– Applicants should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words outlining their proposal and a short CV by February 28, 2022 to Veronica Binda (veronica.binda@unibocconi.it) and Anna Spadavecchia (anna.spadavecchia@strath.ac.uk).
– Applicants will be informed of the selection process by March 15th, 2022. 
– Participants to the RHI-IHR Session at EBHA Congress 2022 will have to follow the registration process established by the organizers of the Conference.
– The congress paper, or a long abstract of 2000 words, should be sent by May 15, 2022.
– The final version of the manuscripts for the Special Issue review process must be sent by September 30, 2022.


Stephanie Decker, Matthias Kipping and R. Daniel Wadhwani. ‘New business histories! Plurality in business history research methods’, Business History, 57:1, 2015, pp.30-40.
Abe De Jong, and David Michael Higgins. ‘New business history?’, Business History, 57:1, 2015, pp. 1-4.
Abe De Jong, David Michael Higgins and Hugo van Driel. ‘Towards a new business history?’, Business History, 57:1, 2015, pp. 5-29.
Jari Eloranta, Jari Ojala and Heli Valtonen. ‘Quantitative methods in business history: an impossible equation?’, Management and Organizational History, 5:1, 2010, pp.79-107.
Walter E. Friedman and Geoffrey Jones. ‘Business History: time for debate’, Business History Review, 85:1, 2011, pp. 1–8.
Geoffrey Jones, Marco H. D. van Leeuwen and Stephen Broadberry. ‘The future of economic, business, and social history’, Scandinavian Economic History Review, 60:3, 2012, pp. 225-253.
Christopher Kobrak and Andrea Schneider, ‘Varieties of Business History: Subject and Methods for the Twenty first Century’, Business History 53:3, 2011, pp. 401-424
Jari Ojala, Jari Eloranta, Anu Ojala & Heli Valtonen. ‘Let the best story win – evaluation of the most cited business history articles’, Management & Organizational History, 12:4, 2017, pp. 305-333.
Andrew Perchard, Niall G. MacKenzie, Stephanie Decker & Giovanni Favero. ‘Clio in the Business School: Historical Approaches in Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship’, Business History, 59:6, 2017, pp. 904-927.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through the following contact addresses: veronica.binda@unibocconi.it and anna.spadavecchia@strath.ac.uk, copying r.historiaindustrial@ub.edu

The Editorial Board of the Revista de Historia Industrial – Industrial History Review (RHI-IHR)

Historical Studies of Capitalism event

Dear colleagues,

We are a network of scholars who seek to develop enchantment as an organizing theme in historical studies of capitalism. We hope to provide a platform for those interested in the historical role of enchantment as a tool, structure, or foundation for the organization and the development of modern markets, economic institutions, and economic relationships.

The first meeting of the network will take place on February 24, at 14:30 GMT on Zoom. It will be led by two expert speakers on magic and religion, Professor Owen Davies and Professor Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm. 

This is the first of a series of reading-group style workshops, intended to reflect on the meaning of enchantment and its uses in existing scholarship across different disciplines, with a longer-term view to redirect the concept and shed new light on the history of capitalism. 

More information on the first and future meetings, assigned pre-readings, as well as registration to the meeting and to our mailing list, are available on the network website: https://economic-enchantments.net/

We hope that many of you will join us on this intellectual journey!

Anat Rosenberg and Astrid Van den Bossche