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.

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.

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…

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
https://doi.org/10.1177/00187267211070771
  

Abstract

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.