Annotated TOC Business History 64-4 2022

Business History‘s issue 64-4 (2022) includes nine original research articles on topics such as women in business, film industry, entrepreneurship, family business, Chinese company history, banking history, mining, State and business, British MNEs, and multinationals.

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In “Women, Uniforms and Brand Identity in Barclays Bank,” Victoria Barnes and Lucy Newton explore how women entered the shop floors of bank branches beginning in the 1970s in the United Kingdom. Barnes and Newton contextualize this shift within ongoing gender norms and explain how specific notions of femininity shaped British banking marketing and branding decisions at the time. 2022. Business History 64 (4): 801–30. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1791823. Open access

How does the entertainment and film industries look like when there is state intervention? Antonie Doležalová and Hana Moravcová explore the economic and political contexts that led the Czechoslovak Film Industry to become a national industry in the Interwar Years. The title of the article in Business History 64 (4) is “Czechoslovak Film Industry on the Way from Private Business to Public Good (1918-1945).” (781–800), and it is available here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1751822.

Pierre van der Eng argues that Chinese business endeavors in Indonesia between 1890 and 1940 were rather heterogeneous regarding ethnic provenance and the nature of the industry the entrepreneurs established in the region. Eng analyzes networking, economic factors, and cultural traits of over 1,600 Chinese firms during in his article entitled “Chinese Entrepreneurship in Indonesia: A Business Demography Approach” published in issue 64 (4) of Business History (682–703). Access the article here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1788542.

Examining corporate archival records, companies’ history books and newspaper data of British multinational corporations (Bombay Electric Supply and Tramways, Farmer and Co., Aramayo Francke Mine, Godfrey Phillips, Forestal Land, Timber and Railways, Argentine Land and Investment, Anglo-Continental Supply, Uniliver, Rio Tinto, and others) Ryo Izawa explains tax avoidance strategies shaped corporate strategies over time. Read the article “Corporate Structural Change for Tax Avoidance: British Multinational Enterprises and International Double Taxation between the First and Second World Wars” (704–26) here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1727890.

The article “Modern Chinese Banking Networks during the Republican Era” examines interlocking, social networks, and directorates in the Chinese case. The authors Lingyu Kong and Florian Ploeckl apply network analysis methods to study the size, types, and the main components and connections of China’s 1930s banking network. The article is available here https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1754801 (655–81).

Kristin Ranestad explores how ownership and organizational hierarchies and structures in the Early Modern period worked by approaching the case of Norway’s mining sector. The author looks at the role of managers and investors, and also the state, in shaping the Røros mining companies. Read the article “State Reforms in Early Modern Mining: Røros Copperworks and the Role of Workers Managers, Investors and the State in Business Development” here https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1797681 (831–53). Open access

In her latest article in Business History, Anna Soulsby examines how Czech managers made sense of a failed joint venture with German multinationals based on their constructed perception of historically uneven national relationships. Oral histories are the main sources of this study entitled “Foreign Direct Investment and the Undertow of History: Nationhood and the Influence of History on the Czech-German Relationship,” https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1784878 (727–54)

In Aleksandra Wąsowska’s latest article “Organisational Development in the Context of Radical Institutional Change: The Case Study of Poland’s Ursus” the author explores continuity and change through the case of the tractors and agricultural machinery manufacturer Ursus which has a long history going back to nineteenth century through communist Poland up to today’s war in Ukrania. Read the article at https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1743689.

Victor Zheng and Po-san Wan explore how Chinese family business differ from other cultures and region’s patterns and history by looking into the case of Hong Kong’s urban context and the case Ying-Shek. The article “Chinese Culture and Banyan-Tree Style Family Businesses: The Enterprising Family of Lo in Hong Kong” is available here https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1727448.

Next deadline to submit Special Issue proposals for Business History is Dec 16

Business History publishes three or four special issues each year.

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 next deadline for submitting a special issue proposal is December 16. 

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.

More information about how to submit is available here.

Call for Proposals – the Hagley Seminar on Business, Culture, and Politics

Building on the 30-year legacy of the Hagley Research seminar, The Hagley Seminar on Business and Culture will feature innovative work in progress essays that expand the boundaries of studies using business history sources. The seminar seeks unpublished papers that place commercial activity, and the institutions that generate and regulate such, within the dynamics of the cultures in which they are embedded. 

Papers should be empirically rich, conceptually framed, and offer an original argument or set of insights. Ideally papers will be at a point of development that the author will be able to change the text in response to seminary comments. Papers eithers accepted or under consideration for publication are not eligible. While we look forward to sharing work that makes use of Hagley’s research collections, papers need not do so to be considered for inclusion in the seminar series. 

The papers will be pre-circulated to seminar participants and commentators. It will meet virtually, facilitating the participation of scholars outside of the immediate neighborhood of Hagley’s Wilmington, Delaware campus. It will meet from noon until 1:30 EST to facilitate participation of scholars from a range of time zones. 

To propose a paper, please submit a draft of between 4,000 and 14,000 words (including notes); if you plan to expand the text for the seminar, also include information on your plans to do so. Please also include a 150 word abstract, brief summary of sources used, and a cv of no more than 2 pages. These materials should go to Carol Lockman, clockman@Hagley.org. Suggestions for commentators on the paper are welcome. Currently we are scheduling papers for our spring 2023 series, but proposals will be considered on a rolling basis and the author is encouraged to suggest a good month for them to present. 

CfP JMS “Historical Perspectives on Deglobalization”

Special Issue call for papers

Journal of Management Studies

“Historical Perspectives on Deglobalization’s Antecedents, Consequences, and Managerial Response”

Submission Deadline: 1 July 2023

Guest Editors:

  • Marcelo Bucheli (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Daniel Raff (University of Pennsylvania and NBER)
  • Andrew Smith (University of Liverpool)
  • Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia).

JMS Editor:

  • Johann Fortwengel (King’s Business School)

Since 2016, the use of the term deglobalization has increased markedly (Google Trends; Van Bergeijk, 2019). This relatively novel word is now employed by economists (Irwin, 2020; Van Bergeijk, 2019), historians (James, 2018; Tooze, 2018) and management academics (Aguilera, Henisz, Oxley, and Shaver, 2019; Buckley, 2020; Munjal, Budhwar, and Pereira, 2018; Witt, 2019) as they attempt to make sense of such interrelated phenomena as rising protectionism, nativism, and the re-imposition of controls on flows of goods (Peng, Kathuria, Viana, and Lima, 2021), capital (Roubini, 2020), labour (Farndale, Thite, Budhwar, and Kwon, 2021) and ideas (De Chant, 2022). In effect, they use the term deglobalization to describe developments that make economic exchange across borders harder than was previously the case.

The advent of deglobalization means that scholars in business schools are in (seemingly) uncharted territory. However, the world economy has experienced cycles of globalization and deglobalization over the last few centuries, and the conditions that led to previous deglobalization periods have returned as the business historian Geoffrey Jones (2005) noted in a publication that now seems prophetic. History can serve as one guide for thinking about deglobalization’s antecedents and outcomes, because historical and history-informed research can advance and/or refine management theory (Argyres, De Massis, Foss, Frattini, Jones, and Silverman, 2020; Buckley, 2021; Raff, 2020; Sasaki, Kotlar, Ravasi, and Vaara, 2020; Suddaby, Coraiola, Harvey, and Foster, 2020; Suddaby and Jaskiewicz, 2020; Wadhwani, Kirsch, Welter, Gartner, and Jones, 2020; Wadhwani, Suddaby, Mordhorst, and Popp, 2018). As Argyres et al. (2020) observe, the field of history-informed management research is very diverse, encompassing myriad theoretical perspectives and research methods, positivist, interpretivist, and phenomenological.

This Special Issue seeks to include diverse historical approaches to deglobalization that can advance management theory and provide actionable guidance to practitioners. At the same time, the Special Issue will enable historical scholars to engage with management, producing theoretical cross-fertilisation. We anticipate that this Special Issue will include representatives of the different branches of historical and history-informed research and of different research traditions, including International Business, Strategic Management, and Historical Organization Studies.

We seek papers about deglobalization’s history (from the distant past and right up through the present) and equally about how any of a wide variety of essentially historical approaches to and perspectives on this once again current and salient phenomenon can advance management theory and provide actionable guidance to decision-makers.

We will soon circulate the details of a series of webinars in which we will discuss the objectives of the Special Issue. For reasons of global inclusion, we will hold the webinars at times that will be staggered to accommodate researchers in different time zones.

The full CFP and list of references can be found here .

The Borders of the Present – Historicity in Organization Studies (13th OAP workshop)

Dear all,

We are delighted to share with you the CFP of the 13th OAP workshop entitled “Historicity in Organization Studies: describing events and actuality at the borders of our present”. 

Our annual workshop will take place at ESADE in Barcelona, on June 10th. A pre-OAP will also be organized the day before (on June 9th) about Bruno Latour’s legacy for MOS. 

Our CFP can be accessed here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/364329724_Historicity_in_Organization_Studies_describing_events_and_actuality_at_the_borders_of_our_present

Please note that OAP 2023 will take place only face-to-face this year (no virtual event). 

Do not hesitate if you need further information

All the best

Stéphanie Decker, François-Xavier de Vaujany, Ignasi Marti, Daniel Arenas and Julien Malaurent, co-chairs of OAP 2022

#OAP2023

@OAP Organising Committee

FRESH meeting on Colonialism and natural resources

Hosted by the Unit for Economic History, Department of Economy and Society, Gothenburg University

In-person only

For more information, see https://www.quceh.org.uk/gothenburg-2022.html

Schedule

Thursday October 20

9:30 Welcome

9:45-10:45 Session 1

Christopher David Absell, Gothenburg University
“Breaking the ties that bind: colonial trade ties and export growth in the poor periphery, 1950-90”

Cristián Ducoing, Lund University
“How to avoid the effects of collapsing commodities? Lessons from history”

10:45-11:15 break

11:15-12:45 Session 2

Giovanni Costenaro, European University Institute
“Towards an “exploitation globale du globe” ? Italian and West-German business and the beginning of the European development policies towards Africa, 1955-1959.”

Gijs Dreijer, Leiden University
“Exploiting the (Natural) Resources of Others: The Case of Dutch Investors in the Scramble for Africa (1870s-1910s)”

Leo Dolan, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
“FIXING A FLAWED DIAMOND: What we can learn from a Portuguese Colonial diamond mine’s late evolution from coercive labour policies to far more inclusive practices.”

12.45-14:00 lunch

14:15-15:30 Keynote Professor Tirthankar Roy, London School of Economics

15:30-16:00 break

16:00-17:30 Session 3

Eleonor Marcussen, Linnaeus University
“Water and socio-ecological relations: infrastructure and natural resources in central and western India, c.1850-1870”

Timo Tapani Särkkä, University of Jyväskylä and Simon Mollan, University of York
“What the failed development of papyrus-based industry in colonial Sudan can tell us about Institutional support and entrepreneurialism in imperial-era international business”

Friday October 21

9:00 -10:00 Session 4

Magnus Neubert, Martin-Luther-University // Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies
“Schmalspurwachstum? The growth effects of narrow-gauge railways in Bosnia-Hercegovina under Habsburg colonialism”

Guilherme Lambais, University of Brasilia
“Welfare and Real Wages in Bahia, 1572–1920”

10:00 – 10:30 break

10:30- 11:30 Session 5

Clara Lea Dallaire-Fortier, Lund University
“Lives after Mine Closures: The Role of Regulatory Regimes in Canada, 1880-2020”

Audrey Gerrard, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
“Contract and Consent in Queensland Colonial Lawmaking: The Pacific Islander Employers’ Compensation Act and the Long Shadow of Slavery”

John Brolin, Lund University
“The ghost acres of capitalism: alleviating land constraints with fish, trade, and coal in pre-industrial Britain”

12:00-13:00 Closing: Professor Klas Rönnbäck, Gothenburg University

CHRONOS talk by Davide Nicolini

We are delighted to announce the next CHRONOS distinguished research seminar. We have the pleasure to host Prof. Davide Nicolini, Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. 

He will offer a speech on 

Revisiting the relationship between practice and (academic) theory‘ 

18th October 2022, 2-4pm, WINDSOR-0-02, Windsor Building, Royal Holloway. 

You can find abstract and short bio of our distinguished speaker below 

If you cannot attend the seminar in person, you can still join on-line via MS Teams meeting. 

To attend the event, you can email: elena.giovannoni[at]rhul.ac.uk

New history article in Human Relations

A fabulous new early modern (!) history article by my colleague Elena Giovannoni has been published in Human Relations – which has become a great place for historical research in management organization studies.

City governance and visual impression management: Visual semiotics and the Biccherna panels of Siena ​

Jane Davison, Elena Giovannoni
First Published August 13, 2022 Research Article 
https://doi.org/10.1177/00187267221116035 

Abstract

A major preoccupation in the contemporary organizational landscape is governance and how to cope with conflict and uncertainty. These challenges are particularly evident in the governance of cities, with their complex histories, politics and administrative processes. We argue that visual artefacts can form powerful visual impression management, constituting ‘visual governance’, for dealing with such complexities. We construct a framework from the visual semiotics of Umberto Eco, extended by medieval aesthetics. We analyse the pre-modern case of the Sienese Biccherna panels (painted covers and paintings linked to the city accounts) to show how their calligraphy, heraldry and pictures convey idealized reassuring images of orderly administration, in times of complicated, disordered underlying realities. In demonstrating how art and accounting are intertwined as tools of governance, and that there are contemporary resonances in corporate annual reporting, we add both to research in governance and to visual organizational research, and pave the way for further interdisciplinary work on the relationship between art and organizations.

To find out more about Human Relations, read our latest news and link to free-access articles, please visit our website ‒ http://www.humanrelationsjournal.org. 

Rethinking Tomorrow’s Organization Webinar

Rennes School of Business is honoured to present the first in a series of webinars exploring the future of Organizations. In this webinar, we invite three leading scholars in the field of business and management to present their vision of the Organization of tomorrow.

The first of our speakers is Prof Joaquin Alegre, University of Valencia, Spain. Prof Alegre argues that critical issues such as global pandemics or climate change require organisations to accentuate exploration activities and radical innovation. However, many managers are still reluctant to take R&D risks. Tomorrow’s organisations need to be managed by leaders with a clear long-term view on this issue. Furthermore, major changes in HR policies are required to boost creativity within the organisation of tomorrow. Digitalisation, smart working, work-life balance benefits, or discretionary working day length are likely to be implemented to achieve commitment, entrepreneurial attitude and creativity.

The second speaker is Prof Stephanie Decker, University of Birmingham, UK. Reappraising the past is essential in forging a new direction for the future, and Prof Decker focuses on rediscovering that unknown past. How we frame our history tells us perhaps more about who we are today, than about our ancestors. What we think we know about the past often provides us with an uncomplicated story, for example, about a natural development from primitive to more complex societies, where greater welfare was accompanied by greater inequality. However, the past is full of the unknown: the undesirable, the forgotten, the uncomfortable, the complicated and the confusing. By appreciating how much “unknown” past is waiting to be “discovered”, we can explore new avenues for “Tomorrow’s Organizations”.

Our third speaker is Prof Jan-Willem Stoelhorst, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Prof Stoelhorst explores a stakeholder turn in corporate governance, towards a model for the stakeholder corporation. While both academics and practitioners seem to be increasingly turning away from a shareholder and towards a stakeholder view of corporate governance, this ‘stakeholder turn’ raises the practical question of how to implement a stakeholder approach to corporate governance. Prof Stoelhorst will present the main ideas from a forthcoming Academy of Management Review paper that begins to address this question, as well as some thoughts about how these ideas relate to (but are different from) notions like shareholder democracy.

Joining Instructions

The webinar will take place on 24th October 2022, 14:00-15:30 CET. To join us please follow the link: https://forms.office.com/r/0v9V9yCCkU

EURAM’s new History Track

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the track entitled “Historical Research in Management Studies”has been inserted into the program of the European Academy of Management 2023 (Dublin, June 14th-16th). Click here to open the Call for Papers.

The deadline for paper submission is January 10th, 2023.

This initiative will collect also scientific contributions that will be published as chapters in our Edited Management History book series.

Historical Research in Management Studies

The track ‘Historical Research in Management Studies’ addresses the historical development of management and related areas (e.g., entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, retailing, strategy, accounting, auditing, management tools, etc.), concepts, theories, and practices as well as the application and evolution of historical research methods. We aim to encourage theoretically orientated social science history, and its methods, with a clear relationship to present-day debates and practices in the management discipline; from that, the types of contributions that are looked for fall into the following two categories. First, historical analyses of management concepts, theories, and practices. Second, contributions regarding revisitation or new directions

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Goal 4: Quality education, Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Matteo Cristofaro, University of Rome Tor Vergata – matteo.cristofaro@uniroma2.it