Business History Initiative

Upcoming Event: “Forms of Capitalism”

The Business History Initiative invites you to a two-day virtual conference, organized by Sophus Reinert, Robert Fredona, and Teresa da Silva Lopes. The conference will take place on Friday, May 6, and Friday, May 13, 2022, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (East Coast US Time). The schedule is listed below.

Over the past two decades scholars in the fields of economics, management, and comparative political theory have addressed and explored the wide range of existing varieties of capitalism. Taking their insights as a launching point, “Forms of Capitalism” seeks to understand the forms that capitalism has taken historically, from those it took as early as the seventeenth century, to those it currently takes and that are likely to persist into the future.

The very word “Capitalism” emerged originally out of languages of both critique and analysis, and capitalisms—past, present, and future—remain protean, elusive, and politically-contested phenomena. This event will encourage thinking with the past about the range and forms of capitalism that are now possible, especially as the need for a more sustainable, equitable, and ethical capitalism continues to become increasingly urgent.  

Please join us on May 6 and May 13. To receive a link to the conference meeting, please RSVP by email to bhi@hbs.edu.

May 6, 12:00 to 4:00 (East Coast US Time) 

Geoff Jones (HBS), Introduction
 
Mattias Fibiger (HBS), Chair 
Rebecca Henderson (HBS), “Reimagining Capitalism” 
Peter Hall (Harvard), “Growth Regimes” 
Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley), Comment 
 
Jeremy Friedman (HBS), Chair 
Mary O’Sullivan (University of Geneva), “The Ruin of Britain’s Manufactures: Capitalism and Colonialism through the Lens of Pitt’s 1785 Irish Proposals” 
D’Maris Coffman (UCL), “The First Crisis Economists: Lescure, Aftalion and the Theorization of Periodic and General Crises in Industrial Capitalism” 
Carolyn Biltoft (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Comment 
 
May 13, 12:00 to 4:00 (East Coast US Time) 

Sophus Reinert (HBS), Introduction 

Marlous van Waijenburg (HBS), Chair 
Sebouh Aslanian (UCLA), “‘Taking Risks Beyond the Bounds of Common Sense’? An Indo-Armenian ‘Bill of Exchange’ from Isfahan, c. 1730, and Trust Relations between Julfan Armenians and Marwari Indians” 
Joel Bakan (British Columbia, Law), “The Corporate Form of Capitalism” 
Francesca Trivellato (IAS), Comment 
 
Charlotte Robertson (HBS), Chair 
Mary Hicks (Chicago), “Captivity’s Commerce: The Theory and Methodology of Slaving and Capitalism” 
Bernard Harcourt (Columbia, Law), “The Kraken, perhaps, but what about the Behemoth?” 
Carl Wennerlind (Barnard), Comment 
 

BHC event on publishing in business historical journals

The BHC Emerging Scholars Committee will host a workshop on academic publishing for early-career scholars (see the Emerging Scholars interest group site here) as part of the “Mentoring Week 2022.”

“Joining the Scholarly Discourse: How to Publish in the Business History Field” will feature workshop speakers:

  • Walter Friedman, Co-Editor-in-Chief Business History Review
  • Stephanie Decker, Co-Editor-in-Chief Business History
  • Andrew Popp, Editor-in-Chief Enterprise & Society

In part, the #BHC2022 pre-conference event has been organized to provide information and support for the #BHC2022online hosted on Zoom Events. The link to the #BHC2022 pre-conference will be sent out to everyone who has registered for the #BHC2022 by March 21st. 

If you have not registered yet to attend #BHC2022, please do so here
https://thebhc.org/annual-meeting-registration

The full program of the pre-conference event is now available here: https://thebhc.org/pre-conference-event

Building Ecosystems Conference

Proposals are invited for the conference

Building Ecosystems/Selling Natures: At the Edge of Environments and Economies

Friday, October 28, 2022
Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
Hagley Library, Wilmington, Delaware

In everyday life we are embedded in ecosystems and economic systems that interact with one another, and indeed, are mutually constitutive. For a conference, “Building Ecosystems/Selling Natures,” we invite proposals that interrogate the interaction of various dualities: commerce and nature, firms and the earth’s resources, productive activity and the built environment. Our notion of ecosystems is expansive. It includes the many interactions among water, minerals, and geophysical features; biological systems within and between animals, plants, and microorganisms; and human-made settings such as buildings, cities, and transportation networks. We welcome papers that seek to blur the binary dualism between the many forms of nature and the institutions and social relations generated by economic activity.

We hope for proposals from a range of disciplinary perspectives, inspired as we are by scholars researching agriculture, mining, energy, water, enviro-tech, the built environment, evolution, and the biosphere (to name a few). Their scholarship explores the shared spaces that we hope to interrogate through this conference. In particular, we hope to create panels that bring together scholars working in different subjects, themes, and disciplines to see how they can cross-fertilize each other’s work, including researchers engaged with concepts like “Anthropocene” and “Capitalocene” and their efficacy. 

We are interested in original, unpublished, empirical papers that are conceptually informed and historically framed addressing the above and related topics. We hope to consider proposals that may benefit from engagement with collections and experts from Hagley, an institution that has a wealth of resources from the mid-1800s to the recent past. However, we also welcome papers that span earlier time periods, use collections from other institutions, and encompass international cases. We particularly encourage proposals that consider the following questions:
• How have economies and technologies generated new capacity to alter and exploit the environment?
• How are features of nature turned into capital?
• How is nature marketed and sold?
• How do human creations, such as buildings, become ecosystems?
• How has the materiality and/or human understanding of nature framed economic behavior?
Please submit proposals of no more than 500 words and a one-page C.V. to Carol Lockman at clockman@Hagley.org by June 15, 2022. Conference presenters will be asked to submit complete versions of their conference papers by Oct. 7, 2021. The conference is planned as an in-person event but will adopt a virtual format if necessary. Presenters will receive lodging in the conference hotel and compensation for their travel costs. The conference organizers are planning an edited volume based on a selection of revised conference papers. The program committee is comprised of Tim LeCain, Nicole Welk-Joerger, Greg Hargreaves, and Roger Horowitz.

History of European Research Society Conference

The History of European Research Society (HEIRS) will hold its 18th annual conference under the title “A means to what end: the interrelation between visions of Europe and economic policies.” The conference will take place from 31st May to 1st June 2022 at the University of Glasgow. 

The conference allows PhD candidates and early career researchers to present and discuss their work. 

We are also interested in the perspective of business actors. Therefore, we think that many members of the BHC could be interested in the conference

Please find a pdf to our CfP by clicking on this link to our website. 

Marvin Schnippering 

(Co-organisers) 

PhD Researcher in Economic and Social History
School of Political and Social Science, University of Glasgow

Business History & Heritage conference, Italy

Business History as Business

Exploring Heritage, History, and Money

DOWNLOAD THE CFP

Conference website: https://easychair.org/cfp/bh4b

In his Keynote Lecture at the 2008 European Business History Association Conference, Franco Amatori stressed the very nature of this disciplinary field with the title ‘Business History as History’ (Amatori 2009). In the lecture, he underlined the relevance of the relationship with the ‘facts’; suggesting a scientific approach to the research hypothesis, documentation, and methodology.

Around the same time, John M.T. Balmer and his research group created a new branch of studies on the interaction between the firm and its Past, which mainly referred to the area of marketing (Urde, Greyser & Balmer 2007). Since then, the ongoing debate regarding the company’s Past in business studies has embraced the concept of brand heritage or corporate heritage, though not always with a shared definition (Balmer 2017).

At a more practical level, since the beginning of the XXI Century, relevant heritage-related market phenomena appeared, such as re-born icon products; e.g. the BMW Mini (2001) and the Fiat 500 (2007), the rising of Arnaud de Lummen’s Luvanis (2009), and vintage products or nostalgia communication campaigns (Brown 2013).

Until today, however, the interaction between three business fields (business history, business studies, business practice) had been relatively small. In particular, business history had not achieved the status of being a significant counterpart for the other two.

On 31st May, 2022, the Conference ‘Business History as Business – Exploring Heritage, History, and Money’ will focus on questions such as those below, and others.

Considering theory and practical application, could business history be a relevant element for business?”

Could dialogue among different fields of activity/study bring reciprocal fruitful contamination, or are they simply too different to communicate?”

Is the “Past” to which the different disciplines refer, the same entity, or are they using the same word to define different notions… such as the celestial objects for astronomy and astrology?”

The Conference is intended to be the first of periodical meetings for a small group of scholars willing to share knowledge and co-operate in future cross-national, cross-disciplinary research projects.

References:

  • Amatori, F., Business history as history, Business History, 2009, 51, 143-156
  • Balmer, J., Foundations of corporate heritage, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
  • Brown, S., Retro from the get-go: reactionary reflections on marketing’s yestermania, Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 2013, 5, 521-536
  • Urde, M.; Greyser, S. A. & Balmer, J. M., Corporate brands with a heritage, Journal of Brand Management, Springer Nature, 2007, 15, 4-19

Submission Guidelines

  • The Committee will consider only submissions that are original, and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or Conference.
  • All submissions must be written in English, which will be the is the only language used during the Conference.
  • Authors must submit a 200/300-words abstract of their paper by the 7thof April, 2022.
  • The Committee will complete a review of submissions by 21st of April, 2022, after which authors will be informed as to whether their submission has been accepted.
  • If accepted, authors must then submit a summary (max 900 words) of their papers by the 22nd of May, 2022.

List of Topics

The Conference will be devoted to exploring the interaction (both positive and negative) between a company and its Past. The Conference program will encompass history, management, marketing, organisation, heritage conservation/management, and other related disciplines. Different disciplinary approaches and cross-contamination among various fields of study will be encouraged and not-conventional and provocative perspectives will be appreciated.

Below is an indicative but not exhaustive list of topics that the Conference Program Committee will consider for submission:

  • Theoretical topics concerning disciplinary definitions, boundaries, and methods contributions addressing topics such as the definition of history/heritage and the comparison among disciplines concerning the Past, corporate vs brand heritage, cases of dialogue (or lack of exchange) between different disciplinary fields, methodological issues, postmodern approaches to the studies involving a business’s Past.
  • Empirical or theoretical topics concerning authenticity, considering, for instance, indexical/iconic authenticity in a corporate context, cases of forged/borrowed corporate heritage, re-born companies/brands, the role of archives and original documentation.
  • Italy’ topics. While the Conference will have an international scope, it will reserve a specific section to topics concerning Italy, accepting papers on ‘Made in Italy’, whether or not historical, and Italian cases of ‘invention of tradition’, and corporate heritage enhancement.

The Conference will conclude with a roundtable discussion of all the participants and practitioners involved in heritage-related businesses or associations.

Committees

The Conference will be held at LIUC – Università Cattaneo, the first event organised by the Heritage Hub (a research unit at LIUC created in 2022 to develop studies and advisory activity on business history and business heritage).

Program Committee

  • Daniele Pozzi – LIUC Heritage Hub (chair)
  • COMING SOON

Organizing committee

  • Rita Nicolai – LIUC
  • COMING SOON

Publication

After the Conference, Authors interested in having their paper published in the Imprese & Storia special issue must submit a full paper by the 30th September, 2022, following the guidelines provided by the journal.

Papers, if accepted, will be published in a special issue on corporate heritage by Imprese & Storia (ISSN 1590-6264).

Early-Stage researchers travel grants

The LIUC Heritage Hub will allow a small number of grants contributing to the travel expenses of early-stage researchers (no more than 3 years from acquiring the doctoral title). The grant will cover a maximum of € 500,00 of documented travel/accommodation expenses. Young researchers interested in applying must provide a complete academic/scientific CV, plus a cover letter describing their present and oncoming projects revolving around the Conference’s topics. The Heritage Hub will rank, then, the applicants evaluating the CV, the project(s) and the personal position of the candidate (long-distance travel, disadvantaged countries, lack of financial alternatives…).

After submitting the abstract, the candidates must send their application to dpozzi@liuc.it (deadline 7thApril, 2022).

Venue and COVID-19 countermeasures

The Conference will be held at LIUC – Università Cattaneo’s Auditorium, Castellanza, Italy.

Castellanza is a small town in Lombardia, to the north-west of Milan, where the Italian industrial revolution began in the early decades of the XIX Century. Within the campus of LIUC is the Cantoni Cotton Mill, which started its activities in 1847 and it was still operating until the end of the 1980s, becoming part of one of the largest Italian textile groups. LIUC was created in 1992, and the Cotton Mill, after a renovation project by the architect Aldo Ross, now houses classrooms and accommodation for students.

Castellanza is about 30 km from the centre of Milan and 15 km from Malpensa International Airport. Please, check LIUC’s website for travel information.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, all participants at the Conference must comply with sanitary regulations as prescribed by the Italian authorities and LIUC’s internal code (European Green Pass or equivalent, and personal respiratory protective devices).

Note* The Conference roundtable will be broadcasted online, thus allowing participation by video conference.

Contact

Heritage HubLIUC – Università CattaneoCorso Giacomo Matteotti, 2221053 Castellanza (VA) – ITALYwww.liuc.it

Daniele Pozzi, Ph.D (Program Committee chair): dpozzi@liuc.it // Rita Nicolai (Organisation Committee): comunicazione@liuc.it

Accounting History News

Dear Colleagues,

Happy new year. Below are a few announcements from the journal to begin 2022.

Although we have received a number of submissions for the “Accounting for Natural Disasters: An Historical Perspective” special issue, due to the impact of COVID19 we have decided to extend the due date of the call for papers to 15 September 2022. The call can be found at: https://journals.sagepub.com/page/ach/call-for-papers . Potential contributors are welcome to contact the Guest Editor, Professor Massimo Sargiacomo of University G.d’Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara, to discuss their proposed topics at: msargiacomo@unich.it.

We are looking forward to greeting you all at the eleventh Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC) to be 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. (The conference web site is found at:https://www.port.ac.uk/11AHIC .) The final date for submission of papers should be submitted in Word format no later  than 1 March 2022 to https://www.conftool.org/11ahic/ . 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. 

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 are requested to forward  their  research  proposals,  brief  biographical  details  and  a  CV  to  Carolyn  Fowler  no later  than  1  March  2022  at  the  following  address:  carolyn.fowler@vuw.ac.nz.  The call for proposals is at the following link under ‘call for papers’ towards the end of the page:  https://journals.sagepub.com/home/ach .

Kindly pass on this information about the extension of the due date for the “Accounting for Natural Disasters: An Historical Perspective” special issue along with the 11AHIC and AHIESC information to any scholars and HDR students in your network who have an interest in Accounting History research.

Best wishes.

Carolyn, Carolyn and Laura

Carolyn Cordery, Carolyn Fowler and Laura Maran

Editors, Accounting History

CfP EHBA Doctoral Summer SChool

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

11th EBHA DOCTORAL SUMMER SCHOOL
“CHALLENGES FOR BUSINESS HISTORY IN A CHANGING WORLD”
Madrid, CUNEF, June 21-22, 2022

The 11th edition of the EBHA (European Business History Association) Summer School will take place at CUNEF, Madrid, from Tuesday, June 21st to Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, in conjunction with the European Business History Association Congress.

The school, titled “Challenges for Business History in a Changing World”, aims to encourage a fresh and rigorous exchange of thoughts, ideas, and new research being done by doctoral students in fields closely related to Business History. It is organised jointly by the European Business History Association (EBHA) and the Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros CUNEF. 

The main aim of the School is to provide students with a friendly atmosphere in which to discuss their preliminary findings with leading scholars as well as among their peers. Each student will have 15 minutes maximum to present her/his project, stressing especially: research questions and goals, methodology, sources, challenges, and provisional outcomes. After her/his presentation, each student will receive questions and comments from other students and from faculty members. 

Students will be accommodated in the beautiful and lively city of Madrid. The organisers will cover all local costs (accommodation and food), but participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses. 

Students will also have the opportunity to present their research projects in a dedicated Poster session during the Congress, receiving feedback from conference participants. The organisers will take care of the accommodation costs and of the congress fee of those students who submit a poster on their research project.

Those interested in attending the Summer School should send the following documents by e-mail to Veronica Binda (veronica.binda@unibocconi.it): 
1) a brief CV (not exceeding one page); 
2) a summary of their dissertation project (not exceeding three pages); 
3) (if possible) an example of their work in progress, e.g. a draft chapter or a working paper (in any language). 

The deadline for applications is March 15th, 2022. A maximum of 10 participants will be selected from these applications and will be notified by March 31st, 2022.

Message from the BAM MBH Track

British Academy of Management 

Management and Business History Track 

Track Chairs 

  • James Fowler, University of Essex James.Fowler@essex.ac.uk 
  • Roy Edwards, University of Southampton r.a.edwards@soton.ac.uk 

Track description: 

This track encourages the growing number of management and business historians who work in business schools and social science departments to engage in constructive debate with a wide range of management scholars. The 2022 conference theme, ‘Reimagining business and management as a force for good’ offers ample opportunity to explore the value of historical study for current management. 

In this track we specialize in chronologically or longitudinally motivated research. Histories of organizations, industries and institutions give us the opportunity to understand how managers have dealt with reinventing themselves in the past. History is replete with makeovers. We would welcome papers that explore how businesses and managers have responded to the requirement to change themselves, change the narrative about themselves, or both. How did this happen, and how successful was it? History allows us to both challenge and develop theory by exploring its explanatory power in relation to real events where the outcomes are already known. 

We welcome papers, symposia or workshop proposals either using new and innovative methodologies or applying archival methodology to a new disciplinary context. We are also interested in context specific papers using more traditional historical methodology but which take innovative approaches to relate their findings to wider social science concerns including the diversity of experience in present day businesses, regions and communities. While the main conference theme ought to feature prominently in all submissions, we encourage cross-disciplinary papers and workshop submissions that link different Tracks. 

As a group we are inherently multi-disciplinary and believe in the application of theory to historical analysis, and there is no single epistemology for approaching this. We aim to encourage theoretically orientated social science history with a clear relationship to present day debates in the management discipline. Contributions might focus on, but are not limited to: the economic or social history of business, historical case studies for theory 

building, theoretical contributions on the relevance of history to management studies, the uses of history, and history as a method for management studies. Please note though that while we are open-minded, work without a historical dimension will not be accepted. 

This article is a useful initial point of reference: 

Tennent, K. (2020). Management and business history – a reflexive research agenda for the 2020s. Journal of Management History. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-09-2020-0061. 

These articles offer commentary on the ‘dual integrity’ of business history methods as a combination of social science and historical craft: 

Decker, S., Usidken, B., Engwall, L. & Rowlinson, M. (2018). Special issue introduction: Historical research on institutional change. Business History, 60(5). pp613-627. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2018.1427736 

Maclean, M., Harvey, C. and Clegg, S.R., (2016). Conceptualizing historical organization studies. Academy of Management Review, 41(4), pp.609-632. DOI: 10.5465/amr.2014.0133 

Rowlinson, M., Hassard, J. & Decker, S. (2014). Research Strategies for Organisational History: A Dialogue between Historical Theory and Organisation Theory. Academy of Management Review, 39(3), pp250–274. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2012.0203 

Some theoretical and empirical examples of the genre of work that we seek to welcome include: 

Fowler, J., & Gillett, A. (2021) Making a hybrid out of a crisis: historical contingency and the institutional logics of London’s public transport monopoly, Journal of Management History, ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-01-2021-0003 

Gandy, A., & Edwards, R. (2017). Enterprise logic vs product logic: the development of GE’s computer product line, Business History, 59(3), pp431-452. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2018.1462796 

Gillett, A. & Tennent, K. (2018). Shadow hybridity and the institutional logic of professional sport: Perpetuating a sporting business in times of rapid social and economic change. Journal of Management History, 24(2), pp.228-259. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-11-2017-0060 

Hamilton, S. (2016). Revisiting the History of Agribusiness, Business History Review, 90(3), pp541-545. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S000768051600074X 

Hollow, M. (2014) ‘Strategic Inertia, Financial Fragility and Organizational Failure: The Case of the Birkbeck Bank, 1870–1911’, Business History, 56(5), pp. 746–64. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2013.839660 

Lane, J. (2019) Secrets for Sale? Innovation and the Nature of Knowledge in an Early Industrial District: The Potteries, 1750–1851, Enterprise and Society, 20(4), pp861-906. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/eso.2019.8 

Maclean, M., Shaw, G., Harvey, C. and Booth, A., (2020). Management learning in historical perspective: Rediscovering Rowntree and the British interwar management movement. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 19(1), pp.1-20. https://doi.org/10.5465/amle.2018.0301 

Mollan, S. & Tennent, K. (2015). International taxation and corporate strategy: evidence from British overseas business, circa 1900–1965. Business History, 57(7), pp.1054-1081. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2014.999671 

Tennent, K., Gillett, A. and Foster, W., 2020. Developing historical consciousness in management learners. Management Learning, 51(1), pp.73-88. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507619869669 

CFP: Businesses, banks and the making of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), 1957-1992

The aim of this conference is to explore the contribution of businesses and banks to the debates about Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) from the 1960s to the 1990s. 
While there is an increasing number of studies on business and European integration, the role and involvement of businesses in the making of EMU remain little researched. Business history mostly focuses on business attitudes to European integration in general, as well as businesses’ reaction to European integration and the adaptation of corporate strategies. Most studies look at the history of the Single Market neglecting economic and monetary coordination.
This conference overcomes the division for business and financial history by including banks in the umbrella term of ‘business’. In case of the EMU, banks relevance was critical. First, they had an obvious interest in monetary affairs in the EEC/EU for the conduct of their business activities. Second, policymakers considered that EMU necessitated a high degree of financial integration for a proper functioning, which implied an increase in the cross-border activities of banks and other financial services. Third, banks were, like other companies in the EEC/EU, very active in trying to influence the Commission and European policymakers in order to shape European integration to their perceived interests.
The conference thus proposes to further connect business and financial history with European integration history. Were businesses and banks supportive, indifferent to, or against EMU, and why? Did they share the same attitudes, concerns, and objectives? What was their actual contribution to policy discussions, and did they participate through lobbying broadly speaking, or the co-production of norms? How did they try to coordinate their views to increase their influence? Did they push for proposals that were alternative to those being designed among governments? And what challenges does the influence of businesses and banks raise in terms of democratic legitimacy? Answers to these questions are likely to reveal just how diverse, complex, and multi-faceted the debates were around economic and monetary integration in Europe. They equally open new lines of economic historical research on the power of non-state actors to shape intergovernmental macro-economic coordination. 

We are particularly interested in contributions looking at:

  • case studies on individual businesses and banks, 
  • broader approaches addressing one country, 
  • studies on business and banking associations and groupings,
  • analyses focusing on specific sub-sectors of business (industry, services, small and medium-sized enterprises, multinationals) and banking (cooperative banks, investment banks, commercial banks, small- or medium-sized banks), or other financial institutions (insurance and stock exchanges, for instance) 
  • comparative approaches across states and sectors
  • the *absence* of specific reflections on EMU (or the misperception, misconception of what EMU entails),
  • dialogue of businesses and banks with the EEC institutions and national governments,
  • contextualisation of EMU in business perceptions of European integration: to what extent was EMU on the agenda, and if not, what topics were? Where did EMU fit in business and banks perceptions of the European project?
  • The view of business and banks elsewhere in the world (criticism against ‘Fortress Europe’)

The conference focuses on a period running from the creation of the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1957 until the decision to create an EMU in 1991 with the Treaty of Maastricht in 1991. Contributions can focus on shorter, more specific periods, in particular the 1980s, or span this entire time frame.

The conference will take place on 25-26 April 2022. We hope to hold it in person in Glasgow, but if the coronavirus-related restrictions are too onerous for the participants, we will revert to a hybrid format.

Eligibility and how to apply:

PhD students, early career researchers, and confirmed researchers are invited to submit proposals. We encourage submissions on any aspect of business.

Applicants should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words outlining their proposal, and a short CV by 15 December 2021 to EURECON Project Administrator Diana Mardare, rso-admin-eurecon@glasgow.ac.uk, mentioning ‘Business and EMU Conference’ in the headline. Selected applicants will be informed by early January 2022.

Please note that should your institution be unable to do so, there are limited funds available to support your accommodation and travel expenses. 

For further information please contact the EURECON Project’s administrator Diana Mardare: rso-admin-eurecon@glasgow.ac.uk

Scientific committee:

Dr Alexis Drach (University of Paris VIII)
Dr Aleksandra Komornicka (University of Glasgow)
Professor Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (University of Glasgow)
Professor Neil Rollings (University of Glasgow)

Organisation:

The conference is initiated by the ERC-funded research project EURECON: The Making of a Lopsided Union: Economic Integration in the European Economic Community, 1957-1992 led by Professor Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (grant agreement No 716849).

Chinese Business History Workshop – BHC Annual Meeting 2022


Sponsored by the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

Chinese Business History – the study of the historical development of business and entrepreneurship in China – saw its beginnings as a field during the 1980s when scholars in China and abroad started to probe the historical origins of the rapid rise of Chinese entrepreneurs and businesses after China’s Reform and Opening Up. Between the 1980s and early 2000s, the field grew steadily and produced several important research monographs and collaborative research projects. While individual scholars of Chinese history have continued to work on matters relating to business, entrepreneurship and commerce, collaborative research in the field has become largely dormant during the past two decades. This not only reduced interactions among scholars working on Chinese business history but also resulted in a dearth in efforts to answer collaboratively larger questions about the historical development of Chinese entrepreneurship and synthesize individual studies to move the larger field forward. Moreover, too little interaction exists between scholars of Chinese business history and business historians working on other regions of the world.
This one-day pre-meeting workshop aims to both bring together Chinese business historians and facilitate discussion between business historians working on China and those working on other regions. We particularly encourage graduate students and early career scholars to submit their papers. Proposals should include a 250-words abstract and a bio of no more than 200 words and should be sent to hkihsscbhworkshop@hku.hk by 7 November 2021. This proposal process is separate from the proposal process of the annual meeting and papers should be distinct from those submitted to the annual meeting (though submitting a separate paper to the annual meeting is not a requirement).