CfP: BHC Doctoral Colloquium

The BHC Doctoral Colloquium (DC) in Business History will be held on March 8th and 9th, 2023.  The participants will be invited for a welcome dinner in Detroit on March 7th. During the days of DC, there will also be professional development sessions scheduled. 

Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to doctoral candidates who are pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history from any relevant discipline (e.g., from economic sociology, political science, cultural anthropology, or management, as well as history). Most participants are in year 3 or 4 or their degree program, though in some instances applicants at a later stage make a compelling case that their thesis research had evolved in ways that led them to see the advantages of an intensive engagement with business history.

We welcome proposals from students working within any thematic area of business history. Topics (see link for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present, and explore societies across the globe. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including the incoming BHC president), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories. 

Applications are due by Friday December 9th, 2022, via email to Carol Lockman (clockman@Hagley.org). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Prof. Eric Godelier (eric.godelier@polytechnique.edu). Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decisions by Monday January 16th (2023). If they travel to Detroit, all participants will receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting. 

Colloquium participants have a choice of pre-circulating one of the following:

·       a 15-page dissertation prospectus or updated overview of the dissertation research plan; or

·       a draft dissertation chapter, along with a one-page dissertation outline/description. 

Participants should choose the option they feel will most assist them at this stage in their research and writing. We will need either the prospectus/overview or a chapter draft and outline by February 27th.  Those will then be posted on a Colloquium webpage on the BHC website and shared with all participants to read in advance.

BHC mid-year virtual event

We are very proud to be presenting our work with email archives (workshop 2.2) at @the_BHC mid-year event “Methods and Madness” this month. For the up-to-date programme, please see: https://thebhc.org/node/86174 .

Preliminary program for September 30, 2022. Venue: Zoom (Link provided with Registration). All times in Eastern Time (EST). Download PDF of the program here. To see the extended program and post questions to convenors in advance please check out the working document here.

9:00 Welcome
9:15Session 1Reinventing Interpretation
 Workshop 1.1Interpreting Visual Sources Rick Halpern (University of Toronto) and Carol Quirke (State University of New York, Old Westbury) Chair: Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal (Universidad del Pacífico)
 Workshop 1.2Interpreting the Senses Ai Hisano (University of Tokyo) and Sven Kube (Florida International University) Chair: Sven Kube (Florida International University)
 Workshop 1.3Material Culture Jen Black (Misericordia University) and Marina Moskowitz (University of Wisconsin) Chair: Paula de la Cruz-Fernández (BHC)
 Workshop 1.4 Topic Modeling Marta Villamor (University of Maryland) and Fabian Prieto-Nañez (Virginia Tech) Chair: Ghassan Moazzin (University of Hong Kong)
 Workshop 1.5Databases, Network Analysis and QCA Erica Salvaj (Universidad del Desarrollo), Alberto Rinaldi (Unimore) and Susie Pak (St. John’s University) Chair: Valeria Giacomin (Bocconi University)
 Workshop 1.6Built and Natural Environment Jeremy Zallen (Lafayette College) and Bartow Elmore (Ohio State University) Chair: Christoph Viebig (Copenhagen Business School)
10:15BreakAttendees are welcomed to stay connected during the 15 minutes break
10:30Session 2Reinventing Sources
 Workshop 2.1Account Books Rachel Van (Cal Poly, Pomona), Caitlin Rosenthal (University of California, Berkeley), William Deringer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Chair: Ellen Nye (Harvard University)
 Workshop 2.2Email archives Stephanie Decker (Birmingham Business School), David Kirsch (University of Maryland), and Adam Nix (University of Birmingham) Chair: Christoph Viebig (Copenhagen Business School)
 Workshop 2.3Online Archives Philip Scranton (Rutgers University), Edward Balleisen (Duke University), Andrea Lluch (CONICET) and Geoffrey Jones (Harvard Business School) Chair: Ghassan Moazzin (University of Hong Kong)
 Workshop 2.4Advertisements  Susmita Das (University of Illinois) and Cynthia Meyers (College of Mount Saint Vincent) Chair: Paula de la Cruz-Fernández
 Workshop 2.5Forms and Reports  Sean Vanatta (University of Glasgow) and Gabriela Recio Chair: Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal (Universidad del Pacífico)
 Workshop 2.6Legal sources Ashton Merck (North Carolina State University), Anna Hrom (William & Connolly LLP), Nate Holdren (Drake University), and Justene Hill Edwards (University of Virginia) Chair: Ashton Merck (North Carolina State University)
11:30BreakAttendees are welcomed to stay connected during the 15 minutes break
11:45Session 3Reinventing Form
 Workshop 3.1Visualizing the past David Staley (Ohio State University) Chair: Ellen Nye (Harvard University)
 Workshop 3.2History-as-Dialogue: Podcasting Bernardo Batiz-Lazo (Northumbria University) and Gregory Hargreaves (Hagley Museum & Library) Chair: Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal (Universidad del Pacífico)
 Workshop 3.3 Business History and Business/Policy in Practice  John Wilson (Newcastle University Business School) and Anna Tilba (Durham University) Chair: TBA
 Workshop 3.4 Microhistory  Andrew Popp (Copenhagen Business School) and Susan Lewis (State University of New York at New Paltz) Chair: Sven Kube (Florida International University)
 Workshop 3.5Curation Marina Moskowitz (University of Wisconsin) Chair: Paula de la Cruz-Fernández
 Workshop 3.6Tiktok History  Zhaojin Zeng (Duke Kunshan University) Chair: Valeria Giacomin (Bocconi University)
12:45BreakAttendees are welcomed to stay connected during the 15 minutes break
13:00 Wrap Up: Where Might We Go From Here?

And this year’s winner of the ABH Coleman Prize is …

On the 1st of July, the Association of Business Historians (ABH) held the Coleman Prize session which featured four excellent presenters: Ian Jones, Nicolaas Strydom, Jeannette Strickland, and Gaurav Pratap Sud. The eventual winner was Ian Jones with his thesis titled Using the past: Authenticity, reliability, and the role of archives in Barclays plc’s use of the past strategies. Ian’s thesis was completed at the University of Liverpool and he was supervised by Dr Margaret Procter and Dr Andrew Smith and Barclays Group Archivists Maria Sienkiewicz. Ian’s thesis analyses the role of Barclays Group Archives (BGA) in the delivery of Barclays’ strategic objectives, abstract below:

Recent scholarship in organisation studies has begun to address how organisations perceive and use their history. However, how organisations preserve and access their history, and how this affects how they are able to use their history is less researched. This thesis investigates how Barclays Group Archives (BGA) contribute to Barclays plc delivering its strategic objectives. It asks, how does BGA, as a specific unit of the organisation, facilitate the delivery of Barclays plc’s strategic objectives? The researcher was embedded in the archives, enabling the gathering of observational data on how BGA operate as well as a unique level of access to archival organisational records. These were used to target and gain access to Barclays plc employees to conduct interviews to ascertain how they used BGA’s resources and what benefits they felt BGA brought. Using interviews, observation, and other qualitative research methods, this thesis introduces archival science theory to the study of how organisations can benefit from using their history, introducing the archival science ideas of authenticity, reliability, usability, and integrity to inform the research on organisational memory and use of the past strategies. 

Program of the Management & Business History Track at BAM

Management and Business History 

Track Chairs: James Fowler and Roy Edwards 

WEDNESDAY 31ST AUGUST 

SESSION 1 14.15 – 15.45 SYMPOSIUM (In Person) 

Session Chair: John Wilson ‘Whither business history?’ (177) John Wilson, Anna Tilba, Steven Toms, Nicholas Wong 

WEDNESDAY 31ST AUGUST 

SESSION 2 17.00 – 18.30 FULL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: James Fowler The revolutionary aspects of the Managerial Revolution: its theory, historiography, and influence (865) Simon Mollan, Beverly Geesin, Bejamin Richards 

‘Organising Behaviour Towards Sound’: The mutual influences of management theory and music in the work of Stafford Beer and Brian Eno (964) Beverly Geesin 

Strategic Re-alignment – Rediscovering the interdisciplinary origins of Strategic Management (1107) Kevin Tennent 

THURSDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 

SESSION 3 08:00 – 09.30 FULL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: James Fowler Tenants of time and context: localised Discourses as a constraint on culture change as a management lever (77) Marian Iszatt-White 

Rhetorical history, temporal narratives and links in time: the case of pension fund investment short-termism (662) John Wilson, Anna Tilba 

Exploring the Role of the Referee in the Emergence of Soccer as an Entertainment Product during its First Hundred Years (273) Kevin Tennent, Alex Gillett, Alan Tomlinson 

THURSDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 

SESSION 4 14:05 – 15.35 DEVELOPMENTAL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: Kevin Tennent 

From Reds to Roads: The Clydeside Car Revolution 1950-70 (13) James Fowler 

Institutional Change in the Swiss Financial Industry 1992-2022: A Social Movement Perspective on ESG (894) Anastasia Naranova-Nassauer 

The Bennie Railplane: The Railway (Dis?)-Connection (135) James Wilson, Niall McKenzie 

THURSDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 

SESSION 5 17:05 – 18.35 DEVELOPMENTAL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: Kevin Tennent 

Modes of colonial administration and subsidiary organisation in the postcolonial period: A longitudinal study of two multinational banking subsidiaries (235) Paul Caussat 

Re/assessing James MacGregor Burns’ interpretation of Kennedy leadership (861) Simon Mollan, Leo McCann 

Alexei Stakhanov, Stakhanovism, and Human Resource Management: An investigation into the cultural history of ideal workers (695) Bogdan Costea, Peter Watt 

FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 

SESSION 6 08:30 – 10.00 FULL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: James Fowler Knowledge flows and industrial clusters: assessing the sources of competitive advantage in two English regions (717) John Wilson, Chris Corker, Joe Lane 

Key Research Themes in African Business History: A structured literature review (811) Stephanie Decker, Nicolaas Strydom, Julia Fernando 

Mechanization and craft: Insights from a historical study on engineering (780) Mirva Peltoniemi, Antti Sihvonen 

FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 

SESSION 7 15:15 – 16.45 FULL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: Alex Gillett 

British interwar management: a response to Maclean et al (176) John Wilson, John Quail 

Exploring the role of history in the institutional maintenance process: Case of the Godzilla movie in Japan (466) Shunsuke Furuta, Yun Jeong Kim, Otsuki Hiroshi 

Writing Collective History: Analyzing Traditional and Regional Cluster in Actor-network Theory (467) Yusuke Inoue, Takehisa Yamada, Hiroshi Togo 

2022 BHC Mid-Year Conference (online)

The Business History Conference (BHC) will host a one-day virtual conference on September 30, 2022. The 2022 BHC Mid-Year Conference enables members from around the world to easily and cost-effectively participate in the BHC during a turbulent time and also launches the BHC’s activities for the 2022-2023 academic year. The 2023 BHC Annual meeting will take place in person in Detroit on March 9-11, 2023. 

The theme for the 2022 BHC Mid-Year Conference is “Method and Madness: Reinventing Business History in a New Age of Extremes.” The one-day conference will be organized around three sets of 1.5 hour workshops. The first set of workshops will examine new sources and new uses of old sources in business history research. Sessions will include the uses of visual materials, legal records, account books, and big data, among other sources. The second set of workshops will cover interpretive and analytical techniques, including the interpretation of senses, network analysis, and the rhetorical uses of history. The third set of workshops will cover changes in the representation and dissemination of business history, including both conventional formats (books, scholarly articles) and newer formats (podcasts, social media, etc). 

Given that the conference is organized around short workshops rather than presentations, we will request participants to only fill out a registration form. The registration website will go live August 22 and participants will be notified of their acceptance by September 1. BHC members who are students and emerging scholars can register for free; fees for regular BHC members and nonmembers will be modest. In the meantime, please save the date.

If you have any questions or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to BHC president Dan Wadhwani: dwadhwani@marshall.usc.edu. Interested people may also follow/tag @TheBHCNewsBHC’s Facebook, and BHC’s LinkedIn, and the hashtag #BHCMidYear. 

Accounting History International Conference 2022

Dear all, 

Just a reminder that the 11th Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC) is being held in Portsmouth, UK from the 7 – 9 September.

During the conference we will be holding an editorial board meeting on 8 September, time and venue to be advised.

For further details and registration information about the conference, please see the website link for the 11AHIC:

https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/events/the-eleventh-accounting-history-international-conference

We look forward to catching up with you in Portsmouth.

Kind regards

Carolyn, Carolyn and Laura

Joint editors – Accounting History

AOM 2022 PDW: Digital archives search

Are you interested in learning about how to use email in your research? If so, please come to a special Professional Development Workshop (PDW) at the 2022 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting to learn how other scholars are using email and to participate in a study about knowledge discovery in large-scale, organizational email corpora.

Emails are materially different from the correspondence of the pre-digital age, but their significance as traces of the past is substantial, especially for organizations, where email is not only used as a form of correspondence but also as an informal mode of record keeping. We believe that the preservation of a meaningful, relatively complete email archive is one plausible pathway to supporting scholarly research on organizations.

The forthcoming PDW — “Introducing the ‘Digitally Curious’ to Email Archives for Organizational Research and History (session 183)” — is sponsored by the Management History (MH) division of AOM and will introduce the “digitally curious” scholar to email archives for organizational research. It will be moderated by Prof David Kirsch (University of Maryland, US), Dr Adam Nix (University of Birmingham, UK), Shubhangkar Girish Jain (University of Maryland, US) in person, and online by Prof Stephanie Decker (University of Birmingham, UK, and University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Dr Santhilata Kuppili Venkata (independent scholars).

The PDW will take place on Friday, August 5, from 2:00-4:00pm PDT in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation supported. To allow participants to access the email tools and collections, pre-registration is requested. If you would like to register or to learn more about the workshop and the project, please email Shubhangkar Girish Jain (shubhangkar.girishjain@marylandsmith.umd.edu).

Attendees at the PDW are invited to contribute to research on the use of email and will be encouraged to complete a post-workshop survey that will constitute an input to our ongoing research in this area. Completion of the survey is not required to attend and participate in the workshop.

New funding for Email Archives Research Project

EMCODIST – The Next Phase

Following the publication of our Dotcom-Archive website [link to Monday’s post] we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded follow-on funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation [https://mellon.org] via the Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community (EA:BCC) programme at the University of Illinois [https://emailarchivesgrant.library.illinois.edu].

 “Discovery environments for using email archives: Evaluating user needs with prototype version of EMailCOntextualisationDIScovery Tool” (or just “EMailCOntextualisationDIScovery”) is a new project that will build on Contextualizing Email Archives and the ECOMDIST discovery prototype we developed.

The award (approximately $57,000) will fund tool development, testing and user experience analysis in 2022 and 2023.

Why email?

Emails are materially different from correspondence of the pre-digital age, but their significance as traces of the past is substantial, especially for organizations, where email is not only used as a form of correspondence but also as an informal mode of record keeping. We believe that the preservation of a meaningful, relatively complete email archive is one plausible pathway to supporting scholarly research on organizations. 

Our work focuses on how researchers will engage with such resources, having previously developed an AI-based discovery tool (ECOMDIST), which we used to explore a dotcom-era email archive [https://dotcomarchive.bristol.ac.uk/]. Our new project will bring this technology to researchers in management and organization history, one of the key scholarly use cases for large-scale email corpora, and see how it can best be developed to support a context-sensitive discovery process.

Going to AoM?

One of our first activities on the project will be a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Seattle [https://aom.org/events/annual-meeting]. Sponsored by the Management History (MH) division, Introducing the “digitally curious” to email archives for organizational history will:

  1. introduce “digitally curious” management scholars to the use of email collections as contexts for research;
  2. orient scholars to new tools for interacting with sample email collections, including EMCODIST; and 
  3. provide a forum for scholars to share and learn from each other about emerging best practices in the use of email as a context for research. 

The PDW will take place on Friday, August 5, from 2:00-4:00p PDT in a hybrid format with in-person and virtual participation supported. To allow participants to access the email tools and collections, pre-registration is required. If you would like to register or to learn more about the workshop and the project, please email Shubhangkar Girish Jain (shubhangkar.girishjain@marylandsmith.umd.edu).​

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:

In-personwww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/…  

Onlinewww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/…  

The Panel:

In-personwww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/…  

Onlinewww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/…

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/…

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/