Historical Organisation Studies: where next?

Hybrid conference

  • Thursday, 2nd June 2022; 9.30am – 4.30pm (in-person + on-line)
  • University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS, Scotland.

MAIN VENUE: Conference Room – 4th Floor, Business School.

Registration 09.30 to 10.30 am — Registration and coffee 
 Opening 10.30 to 10.45 am — Welcome by Head of the School, Wendy Loretto (tbc
 Track 1: Identities and Identity Work             10.45 to 11.15 am — Keynote Speaker 1: ·         SESSION CHAIR: Robert Dawson Scott·         SPEAKER: Andrew Brown, Professor of Organisation Studies; University of Bath. 11.15 to 12.15 pm — Track1: Participants 1, 2 and 3 (20 minutes each) ·         PARTICIPANT 1: Martin McCluskey·         PARTICIPANT 2: Laura Fey·         PARTICIPANT 3: Stella Kyratzi
 Lunch 12.15 to 13.30 pm — Lunch Break 
Track 2: History; more than just context? Rhetorical History & Collective Memory  13.30 to 14.00 pm — Keynote Speaker 2: ·         SESSION CHAIR: Martin McCluskey·         SPEAKER: Michael Rowlinson, Professor of Management and Organisational History; University of Exeter. 14.00 to 15.00 pm — Track 2: Participants 4, 5 and 6 (20 minutes each) ·         PARTICIPANT 4: Robert Dawson Scott·         PARTICIPANT 5: Andrew Burns·         PARTICIPANT 6: tbc 
Break 15.00 to 15.30 pm — Coffee Break 
Panel 15.30 to 16.30 pm — Panel discussion with our keynote speakers/mentors: ·         SESSION MODERATOR: Laura Fey ·         … Michael Rowlinson, Chris Carter & Ron Kerr. 
Networking Event 16.30 pm onwards (6pm CLOSE) … Wine & Nibbles etc. VENUE: within the ‘Business School Concourse-area‘. 

Participants are welcome to attend in person or virtually, for all or part of the event. Please choose the relevant Eventbrite link below. Participation is free of charge.

The Tracks:

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The Panel:

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Historical Organisation Studies: where next?

  • Thursday, 2nd June 2022; 9.30am – 4.30pm (in-person + on-line)
  • University of Edinburgh Business School
  • 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS, Scotland.

MAIN VENUE: Conference Room – 4th Floor, Business School.

Registration 09.30 to 10.30 am — Registration and coffee 
 Opening 10.30 to 10.45 am — Welcome by Head of the School, Wendy Loretto (tbc
 Track 1: Identities and Identity Work             10.45 to 11.15 am — Keynote Speaker 1: ·        
SESSION CHAIR: Robert Dawson Scott·        
SPEAKER: Andrew Brown, Professor of Organisation Studies; University of Bath. 

11.15 to 12.15 pm — Track1: Participants 1, 2 and 3 (20 minutes each) ·        
PARTICIPANT 1: Martin McCluskey·        
PARTICIPANT 2: Laura Fey·        
PARTICIPANT 3: Stella Kyratzi
 Lunch 12.15 to 13.30 pm — Lunch Break 
Track 2: History; more than just context? Rhetorical History & Collective Memory  13.30 to 14.00 pm — Keynote Speaker 2: ·        
SESSION CHAIR: Martin McCluskey·        
SPEAKER: Michael Rowlinson, Professor of Management and Organisational History; University of Exeter. 

14.00 to 15.00 pm — Track 2: Participants 4, 5 and 6 (20 minutes each) ·        
PARTICIPANT 4: Robert Dawson Scott·         PARTICIPANT 5: Andrew Burns·        
PARTICIPANT 6: tbc 
Break 15.00 to 15.30 pm — Coffee Break 
Panel 15.30 to 16.30 pm — Panel discussion with our keynote speakers/mentors: ·        
SESSION MODERATOR: Laura Fey ·         … Michael Rowlinson, Chris Carter & Ron Kerr. 
Networking Event 16.30 pm onwards (6pm CLOSE) … 
Wine & Nibbles etc. 
VENUE: within the ‘Business School Concourse-area‘. 

Participants are welcome to attend in person or virtually, for all or part of the event. Please choose the relevant Eventbrite link below. Participation is free of charge.

The Tracks:

In-personwww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/…  

Onlinewww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/…  

The Panel:

In-personwww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/…  

Onlinewww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/…

PHD IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND STRATEGY

HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF READING)

International Business and Strategy (IBS) at Henley Business School offers 3 fully-funded PhD scholarships for September 2022 entry. Join high calibre doctoral candidates from more than 25 countries in the world and study at a triple-accredited global business school. Henley Business School is ideally located, set on a beautiful campus, just 25 minutes by train from London. During your studies you will benefit from dedicated supervision, impressive facilities and high-quality support.

For over 50 years we have stood at the forefront of teaching and research in International Business (IB) and we continue to help define the research agenda in the field as well as in Business History and International Human Resource Management (IHRM). As a part of our program, we offer the International Business Masterclasses, which allow to engage in key IB and IHRM topics taught by notable intellectual figures in the field and provide networking opportunities with PhD students from all over the world. Our research is driven through leading centres, such as the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business and the Centre for Economic Institutions and Business History.

Alongside the PhD in International Business and Strategy, we offer a Double PhD with the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). The Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano has a strong commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research activities. Their PhD is highly international and graduates are held in high esteem – not only in academia – but also in public institutions and companies where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. This 4-year Double PhD programme allows PhD students enrolled at the Henley Business School to spend a period of normally 12 months at Politecnico di Milano and benefit from joint supervision by one member of faculty from each institution throughout their career. There shall be one oral examination (“Viva”) and one thesis to be submitted by the student for the Double PhD Programme. Prospective candidates for this programme should clearly mention it in their PhD application at Henley Business School.

The PhD in International Business and Strategy and the Double PhD emphasise:

  • Formal research training (PhD/Masters level courses in year 1)
  • Flexibility to meet individual needs
  • Student-staff interaction
  • Timely completion of the degree

As part of your personal development, you will be encouraged to engage in teaching (formal training also provided), research activities, conferences and events within the Business School and around the world.

RESEARCH AREAS

We welcome applicants seeking to conduct postgraduate research in the following fields:

  • Business History,
  • International Business,
  • International Human Resource Management,
  • Strategy.

To help identify your fit with the departmental research agenda, a summary of the research interests of our faculty members and links to their academic profiles are available at http://hly.ac/ibs-phd.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You should have obtained a Master degree at distinction or merit level in a relevant area from an internationally recognised university. Relevant research and/or industry experience may be considered for those with exceptional strengths.

As part of the application process, you will also be asked to submit a research proposal. Prior to your submission, you may wish to discuss your proposal with an individual faculty member working in the area. Please avoid contacting multiple faculty members.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A PhD

The application process normally consists of three main steps:

1. Formal application (incl. research proposal, CV, transcripts and reference letters)

2. Shortlisting based on the submitted documents

3. Formal interview

For fees (covered if fully funded), please visit the Graduate School website.

PhD FUNDING

The 3 fully funded PhD scholarships are awarded based on the quality of your research proposal, outstanding academic merit and two reference letters (preferably from academics). The closing date for funding applications is 15 June 2022.

CONTACT US

Please visit our website at http://hly.ac/ibs-phd. for full details on our PhD program and tips for a successful application. If you have any further questions, please contact us by email at phd.ibs@reading.ac.uk.

New issue of Business History 64-3, 2022

The latest Business History (64)3: 2022 was launched as complete issue on May 10 2022

TOC

[BOOK REVIEW] Bonin, Hubert. 2022. “La Politique Pétrolière de La France de 1861 à 1974 à Travers Le Rôle de La Compagnie Privée Desmarais Frères.” Business History 64 (3): 629–30. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1763039.

[BOOK REVIEW] Burnard, Trevor. 2022. “The Overseers of Early American Slavery: Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers and the Plantation Enterprise.” Business History 64 (3): 631–32. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1823026.

Carmona-Zabala, Juan. 2022. “German Economic Power in Southeastern Europe: The Case of Reemtsma and the Greek Tobacco Merchants (1923-1939).” Business History 64 (3): 537–57. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1717472.

Chirosa-Cañavate, Luis, Juan A. Rubio-Mondéjar, and Josean Garrués-Irurzun. 2022. “Business Schools and the Spanish Business Elite since the Mid-Twentieth Century.” Business History 64 (3): 457–74. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1726893.

Declercq, Robrecht. 2022. “A Return Ticket to the World Market? The Leipzig Fur Industry, Internationalism and the Case of the International Fur Exhibition (IPA) in 1930.” Business History 64 (3): 610–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1736045.

[BOOK REVIEW] Fernández Pérez, Paloma. 2022. “X-Ray Contrast Agent Technology. A Revolutionary History, by Christoph de Haën,” Business History 64 (3): 628–628. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1821940.

Game, Chantal S., Lisa M. Cullen, and Alistair M. Brown. 2022. “Origins Resting behind Banking Financial Accountability of Paragraphs 78 to 82 of the First Schedule of the Companies Act 1862 (UK).” Business History 64 (3): 558–82. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1718109.

[BOOK REVIEW] Garavito, Martha Elizabeth. 2022. “La Industrialización En Bogotá Entre 1830 y 1930: Un Proceso Lento y Difícil.” Business History 64 (3): 626–27. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1812800.

Miranda, José Antonio, and Felipe Ruiz-Moreno. 2022. “Selling the Past. The Use of History as a Marketing Strategy in Spain, 1900-1980.” Business History 64 (3): 491–510. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1717473.

Nazer, Juan Ricardo, and Manuel Llorca-Jaña. 2022. “Succession in Large Nineteenth-Century Chilean Family Businesses.” Business History 64 (3): 511–36. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1717471.

Ocampo Suárez-Valdés, Joaquín, and Patricia Suárez Cano. 2022. “Between the Market and the State: Ibáñez, the Marquis of Sargadelos (1749–1809), a Spanish Businessman Sailing against the Tide.” Business History 64 (3): 475–90. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1726892.

[COMMENT] Pearson, Robin. 2022. “The Indigenous Origins of UK Corporate Financial Accountability: A Comment.” Business History 64 (3): 583–86. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1769606.

Pouillard, Véronique, and Waleria Dorogova. 2022. “Couture Ltd: French Fashion’s Debut in London’s West End.” Business History 64 (3): 587–609. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1724286.

EIBA History track

The forthcoming EIBA annual conference (European International Business Academy) in Oslo, December 2022, will include a track on “Using History in International Business”? Here is the link to the conference:

http://www.bi.edu/about-bi/events/2022/december/eiba-2022/

Here is the link to the track description:

http://www.bi.edu/about-bi/events/2022/december/eiba-2022/using-history-in-international-business/

Launching the Dotcom-Archive website!

Our AHRC-funded project, Contextualizing Email Archives has recently finished and we are proud to share with you one of our major outputs: the Dotcom-Archive website!

Our new website tells the history of a Dotcom start-up company through its emails, opening a window into the first digital revolution. Our very own desktop assistant, Mr Gummy, guides you through four vignettes giving background information and directions. The vignettes deal with claims of the end of strategy in the Dotcom-era, burning through investor cash, trying to figure out how to make money from software and platform business models, and how to take a digital venture into international markets. These stories can be read on their own or used for teaching. 

The website is part of our wider AHRC-funded project. We believe emails are a valuable source of historical record, particularly for those wishing to understand the organizations of the digital era. Our project delivers two distinct outputs – the Dotcom-Archive website, and the EMCODIST search prototype that we used to create it.  

Stay tuned for updates, as we’re looking forward to announcing some more exciting plans on here soon. Until then, you can read more about our project in our open access publications: 

AI & Society

IEEE Big Data conference paper  

“Contextualising Email Archives” is a UK/US collaboration funded by UK Research and Innovation and led by the University of Bristol. Other partners are the National Archives (UK), Hagley Museum and Library (US), University of Maryland, and De Montfort University. The Dotcom-Archive website was developed by GreenHat Bristol and realised by ResearchIT Bristol.

CFP: 2023 Business History Conference Annual Meeting

2023 Business History Conference

Call For Papers

Detroit, Michigan

March 9th – March 11th, 2023

Reinvention

Reinvention has long been a central theme in our field. Business historians have examined how entrepreneurs introduce new products and services that replace old ones, considered how businesses recreate themselves, and explored how markets are transformed over time.

But this coming year – as we prepare for Detroit and forge plans for what an association like ours should look like in an era marked by pandemic, war, and climate change – the theme of reinvention takes on a variety of new and pressing meanings. How do places and people reinvent themselves? What should a scholarly association look like in the twenty-first century? What questions, methods, and forms should a field like business history embrace in order to grapple with the big questions we face today?

Reinvention, as these questions suggest, may be understood as very different from invention. Whereas invention focuses on the new, reinvention demands that we take into account the past to understand the future. It suggests that rethinking historiography is essential to effectively raising new questions and new methods. It insists on the capacity of history to be creative as well as analytical. Reinvention, one might say, raises fundamental questions about how we know something historically.

Informed by the theme of reinvention, the BHC Program Committee invites sessions and papers that consider reinvention from a variety of different perspectives. Reflecting the ongoing evolution of the BHC itself, we are especially interested in submissions that address diverse geographic locales and time periods; analyze the different ways that race, class, and gender have affected the ability of entrepreneurs, firms, and communities to reinvent themselves in times of uncertainty and change; address the role of governments, politics, and power in in the process of reinvention; and any number of similar subjects. Finally, the organizers welcome proposals with innovative formats that promote discussion on how to conduct research and teach business history in the so-called post-pandemic era.

Proposals and Submissions

While we encourage submissions to take up these themes, papers addressing all other topics will receive equal consideration by the program committee in accordance with BHC policy. Graduate students and emerging scholars in the field are particularly encouraged to attend. Graduate students and recent PhDs whose papers are accepted for the meeting may apply for funds to partially defray their travel costs; information will be sent out once the program has been set.

Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or entire sessions. Each presentation proposal should include a one-page (300 words) abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV) for each participant. Individual paper submissions will be combined into new sessions defined by themes chosen at the Program Committee’s discretion.

Session proposals (unless a roundtable) should include a maximum of four individual presentations. All session proposals should have a cover letter containing a title, a one-paragraph session description, and the names and affiliations of a recruited chair, as well as the contact information for the session organizer.

To submit a proposal, go to https://thebhc.org/proposal-instructions

The deadline for receipt of all paper and session proposals is November 1, 2022. Notification of acceptance will be given by December 1st, 2022. Information on registration and fees for participation and the provisional program will be announced at the beginning of February 2023. Everyone appearing on the program must register for the meeting. 

The Program Committee

The Program Committee includes Christina Lubinski (Copenhagen Business School) (chair); Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia); John Wong (The University of Hong Kong); Marcelo Bucheli (University of (Illinois-Champaign); Amanda Gibson (Kenyon College); along with BHC President Dan Wadhwani (University of Southern California).

Hotel Venue

The 2023 Business History Conference will take place at

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, March 9th – March 11th

The room rate is $174 (USD) plus tax.  The cut-off date for hotel reservations at this conference rate is February 16, 2023.

Questions

General questions regarding meeting logistics, regarding the hotel for example, may be sent to conference coordinator and BHC Treasurer, Dr. Roger Horowitz, at rh@udel.edu.  Questions involving the conference program should go to the program committee chair, Professor Christina Lubinski, at cl.mpp@cbs.dk. Other questions might be directed to the BHC Secretary, Dr. Vicki Howard at vickihowardbhc@gmail.com.

JMS Online Workshop | CFP Occupations and Memory in Organization Studies

Call for Abstracts

OCCUPATIONS AND MEMORY IN ORGANIZATION STUDIES

Abstract submission deadline 23th May 2022 at https://tinyurl.com/yz98e82m

You are invited to submit an extended abstract (maximum 2,000 words) of your working paper to an online development workshop for the JMS special issue on Occupations and Memory in Organization Studies.

The workshop will be held on Zoom on June 15th 2022 (4pm CEST).

In the first half-hour of the workshop, the guest editors will introduce the special issue and talk about their expectations for the submissions. For the remaining hour, authors will be divided into breakout rooms to receive feedback from one of the editors and from other authors.

The full call for papers is available here https://tinyurl.com/mrxmrsxc

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 30 November 2022

Archival research – from the coalface

As historians working business schools, the general lack of understanding of what it is like to do research in an archive can be quite frustrating. But then I read this thread about the difficulties of one US scholar in a German archive (and I am “fremdschaemen” for my home country here, I really am!) and now I can point them to an outside source that tells you in detail why it might be more time consuming than downloading a few PDFs. Really required reading for anyone who has been to an archive or who wonder what that is like…