EoI for hosting 12th Accounting History in 2024

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to call for expressions of interest in hosting the Twelfth Accounting History International Conference in 2024.

This expression of interest should be accompanied by a proposal that includes:

  • The proposed dates of the conference – generally August or early September
  • Conference venue (with pictures)
  • Information on rooms for plenary speakers and concurrent sessions
  • Planned key dates
  • Names of the local organising committee and designated chair
  • Letter of support from the Head of School/Department agreeing to host the conference

This proposal will then be taken to the Accounting History Special Interest Group AGM in late June or early July 2022 for discussion and a host university or universities decided on.

Please send your expression of interest to Carolyn Fowler (carolyn.fowler@vuw.ac.nz) by 17 June 2022.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss the hosting of the Twelfth Accounting History International Conference, require any further information or have any questions.

Best wishes

Carolyn, Carolyn and Laura

Carolyn Cordery, Carolyn Fowler and Laura Maran

Editors, Accounting History

Accounting History International Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to confirm that 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 can still forward their research proposals, brief biographical details, and a CV to Carolyn Fowler no later than 31 May 2022 at the following address: carolyn.fowler@vuw.ac.nz

A panel of experienced accounting history scholars will comment on the formal presentations made by each participant and offer constructive advice and encouragement to all presenters. The following senior faculty members have been confirmed for the AHIESC panel:

  • Carolyn Cordery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Karen McBride, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Christopher Napier, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • Luca Zan, Università di Bologna, Italy

Research proposals of no more than six pages (double-spaced) should contain the following information:    

1. Project (working) title.  

2. Background to the study (or scenario for investigation).

3. Main research objective to be stated in a single, concise sentence.  

4. Concise statement of key research question(s). 

5. Research methodology. 

6. Period selection.  

7. Limitations of the study.

8. Expected (original) contribution of the study to the literature. 

9. List of no more than 12 key references relating to the proposed study.    

Formal invitations to attend the Colloquium will be issued on receipt and review of research proposals.  

Best wishes.

Carolyn, Carolyn and Laura

Carolyn Cordery, Carolyn Fowler and Laura Maran

Editors, Accounting History

11th Accounting History International Conference

Dear Colleagues,

The Eleventh Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC) is being 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. 

There is a prospect of some sessions being conducted online for those who are unable to travel due to restrictions.

Thanks to all of you that have submitted papers for the conference. We plan to have a decision regarding submissions to you by the end of May. If you did not get your submission in on time, and still wish to submit a paper, please contact Carolyn Fowler (carolyn.fowler@vuw.ac.nz).

The following plenary speakers have been confirmed for the conference:

  • Professor Grietjie Verhoef, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Professor Luca Zan, Università di Bologna, Italy

The conference web site can be found at: https://www.port.ac.uk/11AHIC . Early bird registration ends on 22 July 2022. 

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. 

Best wishes.

Carolyn, Carolyn and Laura

New historical article in HR

I am pleased to see another really interesting historical article has been published open access in Human Relations:

Business as service? Human Relations and the British interwar management movement

Mairi Maclean, Gareth Shaw, Charles Harvey 

First Published January 19, 2022 Research Article


To what extent should business have an implication of service when its fundamental purpose is profit-seeking? We explore this issue through a contextually informed reappraisal of British interwar management thinking (1918–1939), drawing on rich archival material concerning the Rowntree business lectures and management research groups. Whereas existing literature is framed around scientific management versus human relations schools, we find a third pronounced, related theme: business as service. Our main contribution is to identify the origins in Britain of the discourse of corporate social responsibility in the guise of business as service. We show that this emerged earlier than commonly assumed and was imbued with an instrumental intent from its inception as a form of management control. This was a discourse emanating not from management theorists but from management practitioners, striving to put the corporate system on a sustainable footing while safeguarding the power, authority, and legitimacy of incumbent managerial elites.

4th Workshop on Business History in Central and Eastern Europe 

Call for papers: Firms, Wars, and Ethics in the Business History of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia 

Place: Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice 

Date: October 21-22, 2022 

Organizers: Ulf Brunnbauer (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg), Valentina Fava (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Alfred Reckendrees (Copenhagen Business School), Thomasz Olejniczak (Kozminski University, Warsaw), Volodymyr Kulikov (The Ukrainian Catholic University).

The workshop series is supported by the European Business History Association.

For this 4th Workshop on Business History in Central and Eastern Europe, the organizers invite scholars, including Ph.D. students of any relevant discipline to submit paper proposals on a broad range of topics related to business actors & corporate behavior in (and after) armed conflicts during the 20th century. 

The workshop will particularly draw on historical research on the two World Wars and their aftermaths to provide tentative answers to several questions evoked by the Russia-Ukraine war of 2022. 

The aim is to explore the relationship between business and geopolitics from a long-term historical perspective focusing on the economic and social consequences of the war, including (de)globalization processes. 

On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, causing thousands of deaths among civilians, colossal damage in the infrastructure, and forcing over 10 million people to leave their homes. In response, democratic states have demonstrated unprecedented unity and imposed extensive economic sanctions on Russia. The combination of military conflict, economic warfare, and humanitarian crisis has had an enormous impact on the economic environment, including the disruption of global supply chains, commodity price shock, increased market volatility, and making the world’s economic development, already hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, even more unpredictable. 

As a result, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has affected both the multinational companies as well as the domestic firms operating in Central-Eastern Europe. Within just a few weeks, companies running in CEE faced challenges rarely dealt with at business schools. Companies face ethical dilemmas and feel strong pressure from their shareholders and stakeholders, forcing them to make decisions that go well beyond usual business thinking and strategizing. Thousands of companies have decided to divest, withdraw, or scale down their operations in Russia. In contrast, others justify their decision to stay with their responsibility towards their employees in Russia and their unwillingness to deprive Russia’s population of essential goods such as food and medical supplies. The events unfolding in the last weeks in Ukraine and CEE have presented business historians with serious questions: 

The role of business in military conflicts and post-war development.

What are the various roles firms play in armed conflicts? 

How is the role of companies decided in conflicts? 

How and why can some companies benefit from war while others suffer disruption and destruction in their production and distribution networks? 

Why do some companies embrace the role of humanitarian actors providing welfare and assistance, while others that of political actors using their activities to build bridges for peace? 

Which role can business enterprises play in post-war development? 

How fast do companies return to the countries affected by war, and how do their previous decisions impact the post-war future? 

How does organizational resilience manifest itself in the aftermath of war? 

What can we learn from the experience of the First and the Second World Wars? 

Business ethics vs. unethical corporate behavior.

What does (business) history teach us about ethical behavior in times of war? 

How does public pressure affect corporate behavior and reputation? 

To what extent can ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility contribute to solving the humanitarian crisis? 

How do firms/managers decide what they perceive (un)ethical? 

Who are the main actors in this process? 

Corporate lessons from uncomfortable pasts.

Most historians do not embrace the naïve view of “learning from history” as history does not repeat itself. However, is there something that we can learn from corporate entanglement in wars and corporate strategies after armed conflicts? 

Are there implications after the war for companies operating in belligerent countries who perceive their activities as neutral? 

What are the advantages of staying or leaving for firms trying to rebuild their business abroad after a war? 

What role, if any, does corporate memory and corporal forgetting play in facilitating conflicts? 

Who decides and who should decide what to remember and forget, especially in the case of uncomfortable or dark heritage? 

We invite fellow scholars to discuss corporate behavior during past wars and humanitarian crises to contribute to our understanding of the Russia-Ukraine war and its possible consequences for business in Central and Eastern Europe from a historical perspective. The workshop is aimed to engage in a debate about the behavior of business actors and to understand whether and how firms’ behavior during and after wars has changed over time and across regions. The call is open to all topics that fit the general scope of the workshop. Although our focus is Central Eastern Europe, we welcome studies concerning other regions if they contribute to deepening our understanding of the topic. 

To apply, please, send an abstract of 500 words presenting the subject, the conceptual framework, the analytical approach, and the controversial issue(s) to tackle within the discussion, along with a maximum two-page-long CV by April 28, 2022, to Valentina Fava valentina.fava@unive.it

Papers for presentation will be selected following a peer-review procedure. The format of the workshops is designed to support a comprehensive discussion on selected topics. We welcome both panel proposals dealing with conceptual and methodological questions and brief contributions. 

Participants are invited to submit a written paper (not exceeding 6,000 words) three weeks before the workshop. We will distribute these texts among the workshop participants prior to the workshop. 

The organizers are currently applying to foundations for financial support to cover the costs of workshop participants. Colleagues from Central and Eastern Europe will be prioritized.

CHARM Marketing Conference

Address any proposals for special sessions or panels directly to the Program Chair for more information.

Submission Information:

Submit a full paper or extended abstract. All paper submissions (full and extended abstracts) will be double-blind reviewed and a proceedings volume will be published. Full papers (between 8,000 and 12,000 words, inclusive of references and all other items) or extended abstracts (between 1,200 – 1,500 words) may be submitted. Authors may choose to publish either full papers or extended abstracts in the proceedings. To provide reviewers with sufficient information, extended abstracts should include the research purpose, source material or data, and sample references. Please note: submitting a full paper to the proceedings volume does not preclude a submission of your paper to a journal. The copyright of a paper published in the CHARM proceedings remains with its authors, and over the years many CHARM conference papers have made their way into marketing, historical, sociological and other journals.

All submissions, full papers and extended abstracts, must be in double-spaced Microsoft Word format. All must contain a cover page that includes the following:

  1. Manuscript title.
  2. Author(s) name and title.
  3. ORCID identifier, where you have one.
  4. Contact information, including email address.
  5. Corresponding author (for co-authored works).
  6. The names of associated authors where a panel is proposed.
  7. Author(s) status (student, faculty or independent scholar).
  8. Paper vs. abstract designation
  9. One or two recommended reviewers.

All cover pages should also include the following statement: “In the event this submission is accepted for presentation and publication in the CHARM Proceedings, I (or a co-author) intend to present our work at CHARM 2023.” Please use the “Properties” function in Word to remove author information from the document file.

Full papers are eligible to be considered for either the Stanley C. Hollander Best Paper Award (best overall paper) or the David D. Monieson Best Student Paper Award (best paper by a graduate student). The David D. Monieson Award eligibility requires that the paper be authored solely by a graduate student(s) and that student authorship be noted on the cover page upon submission.

Program ChairProceedings EditorArrangements ChairDoctoral Workshop Chair
Prof. Leighann C. Neilson Associate Professor , Marketing, Sprott School of Business Carleton University Ottawa, ON CANADA   leighannneilson@cunet.carleton.ca  Prof. Joanne McNeish Associate Professor, Marketing, Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON CANADA   jmcneish@ryerson.caJacqueline Reid     Wachholz Director, Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising &     Marketing History, Duke University, Durham, NC USA   j.reid@duke.eduDr. Richard A. Hawkins Reader in History, Department of History, Politics & War Studies, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton UK   r.a.hawkins@wlv.ac.uk

Noblemen Entrepreneurs, Business History Special Issue 64-2 [annotated TOC]

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.

For an overview of articles and research questions read guest editors’ Silvia A. Conca Messina and Takeshi Abe piece “Noblemen in Business in the Nineteenth Century: The Survival of an Economic Elite?” https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2021.1972974.

The article by Takeshi Abe (Special Issue guest editor), Izumi Shirai, and Takenobu Yuki (pages 405-33) focuses on the active role that daimyo (feudal lords) played in fueling business development during Japan’s early industrialization. Some important primary sources in this article are biographies and school records, showing how the elite’s investment in education was key to the country’s modernization. (“Socio-Economic Activities of Former Feudal Lords in Meiji Japan” in https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1828354).

Far from static and passive, research shows that the nobility in Lombardy was involved in pushing forward key strategies and innovations toward modernizing land ownership and management during the nineteenth century. Silvia A. Conca Messina (also guest editor of this Special Issue) and Catia Brilli explain more in “Agriculture and Nobility in Lombardy. Land, Management and Innovation (1815-1861)” https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1648435.

In “Far from the Passive Property. An Entrepreneurial Landowner in the Nineteenth Century Papal State” Daniela Felisini explores how Roman Prince Alessandro Torlonia positioned himself as a wealthy landowner in a region commonly labeled as backward. This article is fundamentally based on primary documents from Archivio Torlonia and other administrative sources about agricultural management (https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1597853).

Although generational transitions may create limits for family businesses to thrive, the case of the Spanish firm Trenor y Cía shows that at least for up to three generations, innovation strategies were at the core of the company, hence making longevity an asset of this family enterprise. Read the article “Family Entrepreneurial Orientation as a Driver of Longevity in Family Firms: A Historic Analysis of the Ennobled Trenor Family and Trenor y Cía” by Begoña Giner and Amparo Ruiz here https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1801645.

In “Nordic Noblemen in Business: The Ehrnrooth Family and the Modernisation of the Finnish Economy during the Late 19th Century” Niklas Jensen-Eriksen, Saara Hilpinen, and Annette Forsén explore the diversity of paths and strategies, some inherited through generations and other innovative and modern, though which Finland’s nobility participated in the country’s industrialization in the late nineteenth century (https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1828868). This article is #OpenAccess.

Maria Eugenia Mata offers new findings that demonstrate the active participation and entrepreneurial drive of Portuguese aristocrats in leading enterprises to overseas operations in the article “Exemplifying Aristocratic Cross-Border Entrepreneurship before WWI, from a Portuguese Perspective” https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1727447.

In “A Gateway to the Business World? The Analysis of Networks in Connecting the Modern Japanese Nobility to the Business Elite” Shunsuke Nakaoka shows the key role that personal connections and social networks played in business activities in 19th century Japan. This article argues that trust, at the heart of business activity and entrepreneurial opportunities, can be explored by looking at personal relationships and aristocratic marriages. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1828353.

Monika Poettinger presents new findings and documents regarding accounting practices, management of production and the implementation of inheritance norms within the Ginori Family and the manufacturing of porcelain in the eighteenth century that show how this aristocratic group pushed forward crucial financial and innovation startegies for the business to grow and modernize. The article is titled “An Aristocratic Enterprise: The Ginori Porcelain Manufactory (1735–1896)” and can be accessed herehttps://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1801643.

“The Noble Entrepreneurs Coming from the Bourgeoisie: Counts Bettoni Cazzago during the Nineteenth Century” traces the history of the Bettoni-Cazzagos family in agriculture in the region of Lombardy. Rather than thinking of the noble group’s management and distribution methods as backward, Paolo Tedeschi demonstrates that the family’s strategies sought to advance, diversify, and modernize investment. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1653283.

Roberto Tolaini argues that Genoa’s modernization was the result of the collaboration between bourgeoise and aristocratic activities in finance, agricultural infrastructure, and management. “The Genoese Nobility: Land, Finance and Business from Restoration to the First World War” presents new fiscal sources and private records from aristocratic families to demonstrate the prevailing participation of the nobility throughout the nineteenth-century economic development of the region. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1801644.

CfP Business History Summer School

Call for Papers: University of Tübingen & University of Glasgow PhD Summer School

Business Beyond the Brink: Crisis Management, Government Responses and Institutional Memory and Learning in the Modern World.

1-3 August 2022, Tübingen, Germany.

The University of Tübingen’s Collaborative Research Center 923 – “Threatened Orders: Societies under Stress” (Germany) – provides funding for an intensive three-day event aimed at PhD students in business history or economic history working on any topic that overlaps with the theme of the school (for more details, see “Further Notes for Applicants” below). Students will, the pandemic permitting, be hosted in the historic town of Tübingen and will present, debate and discuss their works-in-progress with leading international scholars within a world-class university.

The school aims to provide doctoral students with an overview of relevant research and innovative tools and methodologies in the fields of business and economic history. It is the third event in this series organised jointly by the Seminar für Neuere Geschichte (University of Tübingen) and the Centre for Business History in Scotland (University of Glasgow).

The school will take the form of presentations from students (c.25 minutes) and workshops hosted by established experts in the field. The aims of the school are:

1) to deepen students’ understanding of current themes in historical research (and how this can inform their own work);
2) to enhance research skills through masterclasses on methods for researching and writing history;  
3) to explore the main theoretical underpinnings particular to business and economic history; and
4) to provide a welcoming and convivial environment in which students can discuss their research with leading scholars and peers.

Students will benefit from the experience of academics from Tübingen and beyond. Confirmed speakers include Prof. Dr. Boris Gehlen (Stuttgart), Professor Patrick Fridenson (EHESS), Dr Daniel Menning (Tübingen) and Dr Christopher Miller (Glasgow). We hope to confirm additional speakers in the coming weeks and months.

Funding will cover flights and/or trains (up to an agreed limit, to be reimbursed after the school), accommodation, lunches, and the conference meal for up to fourteen students. There may also be limited space for applicants who wish to self-fund or who have received funding from their own institution.

Those interested in attending the summer school should e-mail the following documents to the organisers, Dr Daniel Menning (Daniel.Menning@uni-tuebingen.de) and Dr Christopher Miller (Christopher.Miller@glasgow.ac.uk).

1) a brief CV (two pages maximum);
2) a summary of their PhD (two pages maximum); and 
3) a title and abstract for their desired presentation topic, which should incorporate one or more major themes of the student’s PhD (one page maximum).

While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit with their materials an example of a work-in-progress (e.g., a draft chapter, article, or working paper), preferably in English, German, or French. Please note, however, that all presentations and discussions will be in English.

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2022.  A maximum of 14 funded applicants will be selected and notified shortly afterwards. 

Further Notes for Applicants:

Overview of Scope and Aims of the School:

(This overview is only a guide. Students working on similar topics to those listed below are encouraged to speak to Daniel Menning and/or Christopher Miller in the first instance.)

With the COVID-19 virus spreading across the globe and many major economic countries shutting down social life and significant parts of the economy, we have recently witnessed an economic contraction which has proceeded at an astonishing pace as well as an equally swift, though rather more varied, rebound. Though it is too early yet to estimate the effects and predict the duration of the economic difficulties (including, for example, current shortages of raw materials and increased inflation) – particularly with the war in the Ukraine compounding such difficulties – , it is clear that many businesses suffered and many others were dislocated and/or remain in trouble. A significant number most likely will not survive in their pre-pandemic form, governmental bailout packages notwithstanding.

While interest in economic crises and their effects on businesses has increased over the past few years, starting with the Global Financial Crisis, the current conditions will likely give a new boost to research and result in a new thoughtfulness and a recalibration of research methods. This summer school therefore aims to better understand the linkages between businesses, government responses, and learning from crises through a combination of training masterclasses and a varied range of papers from PhDs and early career researchers working on the cutting edge of history and cognate disciplines.

Research Background:

Business and economic history has been at the forefront of explaining some of the major changes in economies and societies – starting with the work of Alfred Chandler in the 1960s. (Chandler 1962, 1977). Nevertheless, with regards to the business history of crises and crisis management specifically, the literature is far less well developed. There are three reasons for this neglect. First, the tradition of business history for several decades, until comparatively recently, was to study the history of individual firms, or less frequently sectors. Indeed, business history was once considered an applied branch of economic history for scholars wishing to move beyond macroeconomic trends. The net effect has been that the literature on firms has been dominated by commissioned histories where the historian is paid by the (surviving) company and given use of its archives. While often extremely valuable, these studies can tend towards “rise and fall” narratives.

Second, where business histories have studied crises specifically, commissioned works can potentially have some further methodological problems. Most obviously, many of the firms survived until at least the point the history was commissioned. Thus, it is perhaps a case of selection bias towards success – or at the very least towards the largest and most important companies (Berghoff 2006). Related to this, the nature of commissioned studies has also drawn criticism: namely, that success is often attributed to management rather than luck, while episodes of failure are attributed to external or unpredictable factors outside of management control.

Third, the causes and aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008 have generated many millions of pages of scholarship and commentary in the last decade, with the effect of prompting historians to draw comparisons with the Wall Street Crash and Great Depression. For instance, Werner Abelshauser (2009) is one of many interested in learning from economic crises explicitly through using the examples of 1931 and 2008. While not every crisis was like 2008 in cause, scale or scope, it is not necessarily a new phenomenon: the 2000 dot-com bubble was compared in much the same way. (Ojala and Uskali 2006). As a result, the stock market crash in 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression have become by far the most studied economic crisis in history, with renewed interest from 2008 (Tooze 2019), while the effect of the more regular, smaller scale, economic crises suffered by businesses before and after 1929 is largely neglected.

The current economic conditions promise to bring new momentum to the study of businesses in times of larger and smaller economic difficulties, and we are therefore inviting PhD students and ECRs (PhD awarded no earlier than 2019) working on these topics in history departments, management schools, or other cognate disciplines to submit proposals for the summer school.

HiMOS webinar April 27th

Great news everyone!

The HiMOS series (https://historymos.com/) returns!

We are delighted to host Grace Augustine (Bayes Business School) and Sandeep Pillai (Bocconi University) at the next event.

Grace will provide a “behind-the-scene” presentation about her recent Organization Science article (https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2021.1450) on abortion provision in the US. She will share her insights to publish historical research in a top management journal. We recommend reading the article before the workshop to get the most out of the presentation. 

Sandeep will present his working paper that aims to enhance our methodological knowledge of doing history in the strategic management context. We will circulate his working paper one week before the event.

Date: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2022

Time: 14:00–16:00 (Eastern European Summer Time, UTC+3, Finland); 13:00–15:00 (Italy); 12:00–14:00 (UK)

Register here to get your Zoom link: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/EP/292288F111B87897


Senior Lecturer Grace Augustine (Bayes Business School, City, University of London): Capturing Voices, Experiences, and Identities Through Archival Data

Assistant Professor Sandeep Pillai (Bocconi University): The Role of Historical Methods in Strategy Research: Bridging the Gap between Loveliness and Likeliness

Best regards,

Christian and Zeerim

Dr Grace Augustine (Bayes) and Dr Sandeep Pillai (Bocconi) will speak at the next HiMOS event.