Entrepreneurship and History PDW at the AOM

We are excited to announce a PDW on Entrepreneurship and History on Friday, Aug 9 2019 12:00PM – 2:00PM at Boston Marriott Copley Place in Grand Ballroom Salon IJK.

History and entrepreneurship are intertwined in multiple, fundamental ways. Recent scholarship–including a forthcoming special issue of SEJ on historical approaches to entrepreneurship research–has established this connection across a range of topics, modes of inquiry, and as a means for contribution to theory. The purpose of the PDW is to open a door for increased interdisciplinary work on entrepreneurship and history.

Here we draw attention to two critical questions requiring additional exploration at the intersection of entrepreneurship and history. First, what constitutes rigorous historical explanation in the context of entrepreneurship? And second, what is the relationship between history and ongoing entrepreneurial processes?

To facilitate a collective discussion of these two topics, we bring together leading scholars from a variety of traditions ranging from economics to cultural history and from the history of technological innovation to historical cognition to help stimulate a dialogue with workshop attendees regarding these two critical questions at the intersection between the historiographic tradition and modern social-science-based entrepreneurial studies.

The PDW culminates in an activity in which attendees generate and refine research questions and ideas and receive feedback from renowned entrepreneurship scholars and historians of entrepreneurship. I am especially excited about the PDW given the calibre and depth of experience of the facilitators which include:

David A. Kirsch, U. of Maryland
Christina Lubinski, U. of Southern California -Marshall School of Business
Rob Mitchell, Colorado State U.
Daniel Raff, The Wharton School, U. of Pennsylvania
Andrew D A Smith, U. of Liverpool
Daniel Wadhwani, U. of the Pacific
Ricardo Zozimo, Lancaster U.

I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks in Boston!

Trevor

——————————
Trevor Israelsen
University of Victoria
PhD Student
——————————

EGOS 2019


I grew up in Cambridge, which isn’t exactly a dump, but even so, Edinburgh’s lovely, isn’t it? I think it’s probably the scale that does it. There are just streets and streets of the stuff: beautiful buildings, intriguing curiosities, well stocked pubs…the weather isn’t even that bad at this time of year. If you’ve not already guessed, the 35th EGOS Colloquium was held in Edinburgh last week and, in addition to the very pleasant location, it was well stocked with plenty of history-related content.

Billed under the theme of Enlightening the Future, the conference organisers juxtaposed the enlightenment heritage of their host city with the ‘post-trust’ age, which society appears to be increasingly embracing. Along these lines, they asked how ‘political shifts, technological advancements, forms of interaction, and focus on personal interests may be re-framing the ways in which decisions are made in organisations.’ It was on these terms that the former-chancellor, Alistair Darling, opened the conference. He reflected on the financial crisis, the then Labour government’s response and the path that the UK and the rest of the world has followed subsequently. His message to the delegates was that political, and not economic issues have been the key impediment economic prosperity since the crisis.

Following the opening ceremony, the colloquium proper began, offering plenty for the historically-inclined organisational scholar. Sub-theme 48 set out to understand the historical forces underlying recent crises, introducing ‘historical-evolutionary organisation studies’ to theorise the link between backward-looking historical perspectives and forward-looking development. Additionally, there was a sub-plenary on Historic Turns: Objective, Rhetorical, and Retrospective, which saw speaker Candace Jones, Kate Kenny and Michael Rowlinson discuss importance of socio-historic context in understanding and interpreting organisations. Of course, the problem with such a packed programme, was the inevitable clashes that it created. As it was, I was enrolled on Sub-theme 30Realising the Potential of Historical Organisation Studies, and it was here that I spent the majority of time over the next few days.

Introducing the sub-theme, conveners Stewart Clegg, Mairi Maclean, Roy Suddaby, and Charles Harvey expressed the rise of historical organisation studies as being part of a wave, with exciting developments and momentum coming at express pace. What was needed now, they argued, was for us to compound the sense of community that had developed and lay the foundations for the field’s coherence and continued growth. Moreover, while history and organisation studies had been expressed through the linking of two separate worlds, it was time to bring them together in practice. With that, a sub-theme programme was chosen that moved away from ‘separate world’ theorising, instead undertaking the ‘getting down and doing’ of historical organisation studies.

The first day saw parallel streams in theory, institutional entrepreneurship, and rhetorical history. Gabrielle Durepos kicked off proceedings in the theory session with a presentation of work done with Russ Vince on reflexivity in historical organisation studies. Their focus here was on the under-appreciated importance of emotion in relation to historical actors, using the example of corporatisation of higher education. The institutional entrepreneurship session followed with papers on legitimacy acquisition in relation to Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Baig and Godley) and the strategic use of aesthetic innovation and its impact on the wider market (Eisenman and Simons). These were followed with a presentation by Mairi Maclean on the link between Hilton’s international expansion and US post-war foreign policy (with Harvey and Suddaby). It was interesting here to hear about how Conrad Hilton deployed rhetoric in framing unknown variables in manner that represented them as relative certainties.

Following enjoyable parties hosted by Bath, CBS and others, the next morning was opened with a second session of rhetorical history, and one on institutions. Attending the latter, I heard stimulating presentations on the legacy of the fraternal ‘golden age’ in compounding the normativity of racial divides, as well the use of ‘crux’ classification within the Bordeaux wine region. While diverse in topic, both papers showed well the value an historical perspective can bring to understanding institutions in their contested and changing form. In addition to work Stephanie Decker and myself presented on digital history, the next session saw papers on the use of corporate archives for since-making by managers (Andrew Smith) and the potential of critical discourse analysis in linking the sociological and the historical (Huber, Bernardi and Iordanou). Before a second round of sub-plenaries, there were also sessions of memory and politics, dealing in turn with the pasts impact on parliamentary and political structures and the role memory plays in wider social life.

The final morning was initiated with papers on processes and boundaries, and entrepreneurship, before a final set of sessions on businesses interface with the public sector and the organisation of religion. Given it was both a Saturday morning and there had been much parting the evening before, it was great to see so many delegates engaging fully in these final sessions of the conference. Indeed, despite the intellectual fatigue that can set in towards the end such events, these sessions stimulated some of the most interesting discussions of the three days. It is testament to both the effort and execution of the organisers that the sub-theme generated such excellent feedback and discussion, and I know that presenters and audiences alike found it a thoroughly valuable experience. Mairi, Stewart, Roy and Charles should be congratulated along with EGOS for putting on a fine event, and must be thanked for all their efforts in bringing it to fruition.

Are you attending an event relevant to business or organisational history this summer? We’re always looking for volunteers to write reports for the network. We would particularly love to hear from anyone interested in providing content for the upcoming AoM and EBHA conferences. For further enquiries, please contact Adam Nix (adam.nix@dmu.ac.uk).

Radical business

For those not socialised into its norms and traditions, Oxford’s exam season can make for a somewhat bewildering spectacle. As it was for me when I arrived in the city last Thursday to find the practice of ‘trashing’ in full swing outside my hotel. Looking on with bemusement, I was told that it had historically involved the barraging of gown-clad undergraduates with eggs, flower, and even fish entrails as they left their last exams. Though officially now banned by the University, a more sanitised version is still widely practiced today, with shaving foam, confetti and other mostly harmless ordnance the worst one can expect. Standing there, it occurred to me that the modernised persistence of this nineteen-century tradition had more than a passing relevance to the symposium I had come to attend. However, I was already pushing my luck and, not wanting to become collateral, I manoeuvred around some particularly dramatic casualties and retreated into my hotel.

The next morning, the students had gone, and I headed to the Bodleian’s Weston Library in glorious midsummer conditions to register for the Radical Business Symposium. Generously funded by RBC Foundation and the Bodleian’s Centre for the Study of the Book, the Symposium’s agenda set out a day focused on the contestation and evolution of social norms over time, particularly in the context of businesses and their relationship to wider society. As the organiser, David Smith, noted to me afterwards “the event featured different disciplines exploring how business and culture change each other — often in surprising ways. During a time when business is increasingly expected to lead or respond to cultural issues, this area of research is especially timely.”

The first session, embedding and transforming social norms, was kicked off by Heidi Tworek, who discussed the role German news agencies played distributing political rhetoric throughout their international networks. Focusing particularly on Alfred Hugenberg’s Telegraph Union, it was fascinating to hear how a blend of political and commercial aims ultimately contributed the media mogul losing control of his empire, when the Nazi party he’d worked to install subsumed national media activities. Following this, David Smith gave a paper on CSR and its links to Christian ethics, highlighting the efforts of Howard Bowen in promoting levels of professional ‘best practice’ before more neoliberal agendas stripped CSR of its normative basis. The session was rounded off with a report by Pegram Harrison on the contestation of purpose faced by museums. Here, he showed how the leaders of such institutions must increasingly manage a ‘trilemma’ of cultural, commercial and community responsibilities in order to meet their brief.

Pegram Harrison

After a coffee break, the next session focused on the relationship between business and national interests, starting with a paper by Aled Davies on UK ‘invisible exports’. His work here showed how the presence of particular skills and capabilities helped promote London’s rise to global financial power, complementing the UK’s already well-established industrial presence. Following this, Neil Forbes gave an analysis of how BP’s commercial interests co-existed with the national interests of the UK, ultimately illustrating well how taxation policy does not have to conflict with business. To round off the morning, James Hollis then showed how the offshore economy owes its origins to the blockade and later reparations imposed on Germany during the First World War. Here, a network of underground commercial links between Germany and neutral nations provided an important solution to sanctions during the war itself and flags of convenience mitigated the liability of owning German registered ships in its aftermath.

James Hollis

The afternoon session on corruption and stigma was kicked off by Stephanie Decker and myself, discussing some of our work on Enron and the California energy crisis. Following this, Lola Wilhelm gave a fascinating account of Nestle’s initial efforts to create a baby food market in Africa, showing how its reputation was originally that of a progressive, post-natal medical champion, rather than the later toxic links relating to this aspect of its past. Will Pettigrew finished the session by showing how corporations of the early modern period managed issues of fraud, focusing particularly on the agency problems European businesses encountered during their overseas interests. He pointed out here that, rather than instilling the European institutions upon in the East, adaptive policy changes were driven by more commercial experience in overseas, which was disseminated back into Europe.

Changing organisational norms occupied the final session of the day, and Anne Murphy started with a paper elaborating the Bank of England’s efforts to self-reform, acting before external parties moved to bring their house in order for them. Following this, Michael Weatherburn showed the value historical consultancy represents to business and government, presenting as an example his recent work analysing social and economic forecasting. Finally, Alan Morrison provided a thought-provoking paper on the movement of investment banks from relational to technocratic trading, presenting the concept of ‘braiding’ to explain the somewhat problematic coexistence of trust-based and contract-based norms in the balancing of customers and firm interests.

Concluding the symposium, David Vines drew upon several of the day’s presentations to illustrate how the changing nature of social norms was influenced by the repeated games played by individuals during their day-to-day lives. In addition to noting how norms change expectations over time, he highlighted the inverse relationship, where expectations represent a self-fulling prophesy for normative change. Following the session papers, the symposium members retired for drinks, which concluded a most successful and thought-provoking day. For this, thanks must go to colloquium organisers for arranging such a stimulating and well managed event. 

Are you attending an event relevant to business or organisational history this summer? We’re always looking for volunteers to write reports for the network. We would particularly love to hear from anyone interested in providing content for the upcoming AoM and EBHA conferences. For further enquiries, please contact Adam Nix (adam.nix@dmu.ac.uk).

Workshop on the history of investment diplomacy

On Monday, 24 June, Lauge Poulsen (University College London) and Jason Yackee (University of Wisonsin) hosted an interdisciplinary workshop at Goodenough College focusing on the intersection between history, international law, and international political economy. The day started with a joint paper by Marcelo Bucheli and Stephanie Decker (i.e. me) comparing historical cases of expropriation in Latin America and Africa in the twentieth century.

We continued with Jason Yackee’s paper on French Investor Protection in Congo-Brazzaville during the Cold War, which demonstrated that political solutions to reconciling host and home country interest with investor interests after expropriations were sometimes effective (if slow), even in relatively complex cases such as the sugar industry.

After a morning focusing on historical cases of expropriation, the afternoon opened with an empirically rich paper on the role of US American interventions in Latin America in the early twentieth century, when the US took over customs houses in a number of South American countries, starting with the Dominican Republic. As a tool to engender peace, stability and better revenue collection, the outcomes were perhaps more mixed than what the US politicians and investors expected. While countries became less likely to experience violent conflict and regime change, trade did not increase and fiscal revenues actually declined.

The workshop concluded with Geoffrey Gertz’s (Brookings Institute) planned book on how the US diplomats learned to love commercial diplomacy after decades of considering it lowly and uninteresting work. However, whether this focus on supporting US business interests abroad will continue to be central to US American foreign policy is in question now, due to the high number of vacancies in the State Department in addition to funding cuts under the Trump administration, which has led to a hollowing out of capacity.

The workshop was a great example of how interdisciplinary and international research connects past and present issues in the international political economy.

Unlocking Archives – Unilever Historical Archives

Yesterday, Unilever kindly hosted (with additional support from the University of Liverpool) a workshop showcasing the amazing material that can be found within business archives. It was a really great day to learn more about how different researchers are using the collections and the great work by archivist who make all of this accessible to the public.

Keynote by Valerie Johnson, Director of Research, The National Archives

Business archives – a bit of a passion killer?

Valerie Johnson opened her keynote by highlighting that business archives are often seen as dull and uninteresting – to the point she was once told by a conference organizers that he had not expected her research talk about business archives to be so interesting. Nothing could not be further from the truth. For almost any subject of interest to researchers, business archives have materials, as companies were often spearheading new developments (e.g. technology), were embedded in social and cultural trends of the day (e.g. the culture of imperialism), design history (e.g. in the Board of Trade archives) to name but a few.

In a whistle stop tour through a wide range of archives, Johnson illustrated the history of women at work through an architectural map in the ING Barings Archive, and the representations of empire in the textiles archive of John Lewis, and the United Africa Company trademarks at Unilever Historical Archives.

To get a better sense of what Unilever Historical Archives do, see their
Instagram site: https://www.instagram.com/unileverarchives/

Johnson closed by reiterating that business records offer magnificent materials and insights into society, technology and attitudes of the past, not just the records of business operations in the narrow sense. So she closed with highlighting the importance of:

Putting the passion back into business archives!

Snippets from archival research

The day continued with wide-ranging research presentations. The morning opened with Jeanette Strickland introducing the audience to William Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers (one half of the original Unilever), a formidable businessmen and somewhat of a micro-manager.

This was followed by Frank Thorpe, University of Liverpool, talking about advertising and beyond. His presentation is based on his doctoral thesis that investigates the changing attitudes towards personal hygiene, or “BO”, and how
products like deodorant were gendered and stigmatized at times. At Unilever, he
has researched uncatalogued material, but also used a range of online newspaper
archives to understand the context within which these adverts appeared.

Ronnie Hughes offered a different view on Port Sunlight, the location of the Unilever factory and archives, where the workshop took place, by asking a key question:

What must it have been like to live in someone else’s utopia 100 years after they died?

Walking through Port Sunlight village in the morning before the workshop, this is not unlike the question we asked ourselves – would we actually like to live here,
as beautiful as it is? As a heritage site, it has a very distinct and unique
feel, which is unlike other neighbourhoods. Hughes highlights that he has asked
communities questions about what their perfect place would look like before
starting this research project. He blogs at A Sense of Place.

Prof Matt Reed finished the morning session by outlining his search for the ‘origin story’ of the collaboration between Unilever and the University of Liverpool, which dates back to 1906, which was “multi-faceted and sporadic.”
Lever donated money to a number of departments, including Civic Design and town planning. The Department of Industrial Chemistry was particularly well aligned with Lever’s business interests. Reed finished with a reflection of the value
of searching archives versus the self-taught googling that passes for research
outside of archives.

A fascinating tour of the archives at lunchtime that featured highlights such as Marmite pants.

The afternoon sessions kicked off with Dr Rory Miller’s exploration of why David Fieldhouse’s Unilever Overseas is missing a chapter on Latin America – apparently he fell out with his research assistant. 25 years ago, Miller first visited the Unilever archives to find out what was actually available on Unilever’s business in Argentina and beyond. Perusing the directors’ visiting reports, he outlined how Argentinians rarely bought Lifebuoy soap other than to wash their dogs.

In her talk about the design process, Dr Lee Wright highlighted the potential importance of archives for the design practice and the sourcing of design ideas. In her teaching, students reference the past through images they source from Pinterest, highlighting the significance of social media sites in mediating our visual understanding of the past.

The day closed with two fascinating talks, the first by Prof Iain Jackson about the development of urban architecture in Accra, Ghana in the mid-twentieth century. While the National Archives had more material on the European settlements of Accra, within other archives, such as the United Africa Company collection at Unilever, mercantile areas such as Jamestown are much better documented. Some of his collected images are available in an online book available via issuu.com (search “Accra”) here.

The workshop closed with Claire Tunstall describing their mission and how the archives has to serve many different stakeholders: internal divisions, brands and communications, outreach with schools, partnership with museums and universities and, of course, the Port Sunlight Village Trust, as well as researchers.

Hopefully, more such events, at Unilever or other major archives, will take place in the future. The workshop did not just have great presentations but also offered great opportunities to meet a wide variety of people interested in using and promoting archives.

Conference programme

10 am Registration Tea & coffee  
10.20 Welcome, introductory remarks and housekeeping
– Claire Tunstall and Jeannette Strickland    
10.30 Keynote Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research & Collections, The National Archives “What’s the use? Your research and business archives”
10.50 Q&A    
11.00 Refreshments    
11.15-12.30 Session 1 Chair: Prof Stephanie Decker, Aston University
11.15 Jeannette Strickland, Department of History, University of Liverpool, “Finding William Lever, the man behind the myth”
11.30 Frank Thorpe, Department of History, University of Liverpool, “Beyond the ad: filling gaps and finding new gaps”
11.45 Ronnie Hughes, Department of Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Liverpool, “Looking for Utopia”
12.00 Dr Matt Reed, Strategy Director, Materials Innovation Factory, University of Liverpool, “Turn every page”
12.15 Q&A    
12.30-2.00 Lunch
Tours of Unilever Archives available at 12.45 and 1.10                                                    
2.00-3.00 Session 2 – Chair: Dr Valerie Johnson, The National Archives
2.10 Dr Rory Miller, formerly Reader in the Management School, University of Liverpool, “The Missing Chapter in David Fieldhouse’s Unilever Overseas: Unilever’s Expansion in Latin America in the Mid-Twentieth Century”
2.30 Dr Lee Wright, Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Design, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, “The value of archives and their potential to impact current design practice”
2.50 Q&A    
3.05 Refreshments    
3.20-4.20 Session 3 – Chair: Jeannette Strickland, University of Liverpool
3.20 Prof Iain Jackson, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, “Traders, speculators, taste makers: the United Africa Company in Ghana”
3.40 Claire Tunstall, Head of Art, Archives & Records Management, Unilever plc, “The research potential of Unilever Archives”
4.00 Q&A  
4.20 Summing up and closing remarks  
4.30 Optional post-workshop drink at the Bridge Inn in Port Sunlight

EGOS sub-theme 30 programme

The final programme for the EGOS sub-theme on Historical Organization Studies is out now!

EGOS 2019 Edinburgh Sub-theme 30: Realizing the Potential of Historical Organization Studies: Programme

Convenors:

Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

stewart.clegg@uts.edu.au

Mairi Maclean, University of Bath, United Kingdom

kmm57@bath.ac.uk

Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria, Canada

rsuddaby@uvic.ca

Session I: Thursday, July 04, 11:00 to 12:30

– Parallel Stream –

Parallel Stream A: Theory 1 – Room: UEBS – LT 1A

Chair: Roy Suddaby

  1. Gabrielle Durepos and Russ Vince

Toward (an) historical reflexivity: Potential and practice

Discussant: Andrea Bernardi

  • François Bastien, William Foster and Diego M. Coraiola

Historicizing strategy: Exploring differences in three Indigenous communities across Canada

Discussant: Stephanie Decker

Parallel Stream B: Theory 2 – Room: UEBS – Auditorium

Chair: Mairi Maclean

  1. Alistair Mutch

Historical explorations of practices

Discussant: Audrey-Anne Cyr

  • Richard J. Badham, Todd Bridgman and Stephen Cummings

The organisation-as-iceberg metaphor: A strong defence for historical re-surfacing

Discussant: Guy Huber

Session II: Thursday, July 04, 14:00 to 15:30

– Parallel Stream –

Parallel Stream A: Institutional Entrepreneurship – Room: UEBS – LT 1A

Chair: Stewart Clegg

  1. Parisa I. Baig and Andrew Godley

A new perspective on the paradox of embedded agency: Legitimacy and its acquisition in institutional entrepreneurship

Discussant: Trevor Israelsen

  • Micki Eisenman and Tal Simons

A rising tide lifts all boats: The origins of institutionalized aesthetic innovation

Discussant: Ken Sakai

  • Mairi Maclean, Charles Harvey and Roy Suddaby

Entrepreneurial agency and institutional change in the co-creation of the global hotel industry

Discussant: Tom McGovern

Parallel Stream B: Rhetorical History 1 – Room: UEBS – Auditorium

Chair: Roy Suddaby

  1. Henrik Koll and Kim Esmark

Rhetorical history as managerial strategizing: The past as an object of struggles during organizational change in a Scandinavian telecom

Discussant: John G.L. Millar

  • Eugene Choi, Ikujiro Nonaka and R. Daniel Wadhwani

Selfless quest for corporate-level oneness: Application of rhetorical history as an essential organizational praxis of wise leadership

Discussant: Stefanie Ruel 

  • Çetin Önder, Meltem Özge Özcanli and Sükrü Özen

When competitors are co-narrators: Contested rhetorical organizational history

Discussant: Simon Oertel

Session III: Friday, July 05, 09:00 to 10:30

– Parallel Stream –

Parallel Stream A: Institutions – Room: UEBS – LT 1A

Chair: Charles Harvey

  1. Pamela A. Popielarz

Organizational legacy and normativity in organizations

Discussant: Gabrielle Durepos

  • Natalia Korchagina

Disrupting oppressive institutions through memory: Interstitial events as catalysts of the official commemoration of alternative memories

Discussant: Anna Soulsby

  • Grégoire Croidieu, Birthe Soppe and Walter W. Powell

How contestation buttresses legitimacy: A historical analysis of the 1855 Bordeaux wine classification

Discussant: Garance Marechal  

Parallel Stream B: Rhetorical History 2 – Room: UEBS – Auditorium

Chair: William Foster

  1. Simon Oertel, Franziska Hein, Karin Knorr and Kirsten Thommes

The application of rhetorical history in crafting an organizational identity

Discussant: Henrik Koll

  • Stefanie Ruel, Linda Dyer and Albert J. Mills

Gendered rhetorical ‘histories’ and antenarratives: The women of the Canadian Alouette I and II satellites

Discussant: Çetin Önder

  • John G.L. Millar

Rhetorical history and the competitive advantage of the Edinburgh fund management cluster

Discussant: Eugene Choi

Session IV: Friday, July 05, 11:00 to 12:30

– Parallel Stream –

Parallel Stream A: Sources and Methods – Room: UEBS – LT 1A

Chair: Charles Harvey

  1. Adam Nix and Stephanie Decker

Between sources and stuff: Using digital historical sources

Discussant: Richard J. Badham 

  • Guy Huber, Andrea Bernardi and Ioanna Iordanou

Critical discourse analysis: At the intersection of sociology and historiography

Discussant: Rohny Saylors

  • Andrew Smith

Corporate archives, history as sensemaking, and strategic decision-making at a multinational bank

Discussant: Andrew Godley 

Parallel Stream B: Applied Theory – Room: UEBS – Auditorium

Chair: Mairi Maclean

  1. Thomas Davis

Two triangles: Putting Lefebvre’s ‘spatial triad’ to work in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

Discussant: Nicholas D. Wong

  • Garance Marechal and Stephen Linstead

Kitchen magic! Early media chefs’ reconfiguration of the field of cooking

Discussant: Grégoire Croidieu

  • Sonia Coman and Andrea Casey

The enduring presence of the founder in collection museums: A historical and interdisciplinary perspective

Discussant: Alistair Mutch

Session V: Friday, July 05, 14:00 to 15:30

– Parallel Stream –

Parallel Stream A: Politics and Parliaments – Room: UEBS – LT 1A

Chair: Diego M. Coraiola

  1. Sabina Siebert

‘The Churchill effect’: Parliaments and their history

Discussant: Pilar Acosta

  • Sarah Robinson and Ron Kerr

‘Remember Mackintosh!’ Historical homology in the design of the Scottish parliament

Discussant: Christiane Chihadeh

  • Priscila Almeida and Eduardo Davel

Connecting cultural history to organizational studies: Contributions from the political festivity of Dois de Julho in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil)

Discussant: Diego M. Coraiola

Parallel Stream B: Memory – Room: UEBS – Auditorium

Chair: Gabrielle Durepos

  1. Karan Sonpar, Federica Pazzaglia, Matthew Lyle and Ian J. Walsh

Memory work in response to breaches of trust: The Irish Banking Inquiry

Discussant: Andrew Smith

  • Michel W. Lander

Tainting memories: The impact of stigmatization and institutional legacies on the founding of Scotch Whisky distilleries, 1680–1914

Discussant: Ron Kerr

Rohny Saylors

  • Using microstoria to study (re)membering in the context of (dis)enchantment: Empirical insights from the history of Sears and Walmart

Discussant:  Andrea Casey

Session VI: Saturday, July 06, 09:00 to 10:30

– Parallel Stream –

Parallel Stream A: Processes and Boundaries – Room: UEBS – LT 1A

Chair: Anna Soulsby

  1. Liv Egholm

Drawing the boundaries of the needy. Boundary objects and translation practices

Discussant: Vittoria Magrelli

  • Audrey-Anne Cyr

Deep rootedness: Institutionalization of reciprocity and trust in family firms

Discussant: John G.L. Millar

  • Vittoria Magrelli, Josip kotlar, Alfredo De Massis and Emanuela Rondi

Generations, evolution and rhythm in family firms: The role of mediators

Discussant: Liv Egholm

 Parallel Stream B: Entrepreneurship – Room: UEBS – Auditorium

Chair: Charles Harvey

  1. Nicholas D. Wong and Tom Mcgovern

Entrepreneurial history and firm growth: A case study of Rushworths Music House

Discussant: Micki Eisenman  

  • Trevor Israelsen, J. Robert Mitchell and Dominic Lim

Temporality and stakeholder enrollment: Memory, imagination, and rhetorical history in the context of entrepreneurship

Discussant: Parisa I. Baig

  • Ken Sakai

Confluence of multiple histories in institutional change: A case study on the management of surgical needles in Japanese hospitals (1945–2000)

Discussant: Adam Nix

Session VII: Saturday, July 06, 11:00 to 12:30

-Parallel Stream –

 A: Business and Public Sector Interface – Room: UEBS – Auditorium

Chair: Stewart Clegg

  1. Pilar Acosta and Julio Zuluaga

Rethinking the role of businesses in the provision of public goods: A historical perspective

Discussant: Priscila Almeida

  • Christiane Chihadeh

Critical grounded theory and an imagined history: Thatcherism and the privatisation of the British internal energy market, 1980–2010

Discussant: Sabina Siebert

  • Anna Soulsby

Studying the processes of managerial legitimacy and the control of former state-owned enterprises in post-communist societies: A longitudinal study

Discussant: Sarah Robinson 

 B: Religion – Room: UEBS – LT 1A

Chair: Alistair Mutch

  1. Lauri J. Laine and Ewald Kibler

Myth and organizational structure: The case of the Orthodox Christian Valaam monastery (~1200–2018)

Discussant: Jose Bento da Silva

  • Myleen Leary

Regulations, bricolage, and the development of the Jewish ghetto in 16th century Venice

Discussant: Lauri J. Laine

  • Jose Bento da Silva and Paolo Quattrone

Inscribing ambiguity into procedural logics: Insights from the diffusion of the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises (1522–1992)

Discussant: Myleen Leary

EGOS2019: Historical Organization Studies

Historical Organizational Studies at EGOS 2019

Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Mairi Maclean, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria, Canada
Session I: Thursday, July 04, 11:00 to 12:30
– Parallel Stream –
Parallel Stream A: Theory 1 – Room: UEBS – LT 1A
Chair: Roy Suddaby
Gabrielle Durepos and Russ Vince
Toward (an) historical reflexivity: Potential and practice
François Bastien, William Foster and Diego M. Coraiola
Historicizing strategy: Exploring differences in three Indigenous communities across Canada
Parallel Stream B: Theory 2 – Room: UEBS – Auditorium
Chair: Mairi Maclean
Alistair Mutch
Historical explorations of practices
Richard J. Badham, Todd Bridgman and Stephen Cummings
The organisation-as-iceberg metaphor: A strong defence for historical re-surfacing
Session II: Thursday, July 04, 14:00 to 15:30
– Parallel Stream –
Parallel Stream A: Institutional Entrepreneurship – Room: UEBS – LT 1A
Chair: Stewart Clegg
Parisa I. Baig and Andrew Godley
A new perspective on the paradox of embedded agency: Legitimacy and its acquisition in institutional entrepreneurship
Micki Eisenman and Tal Simons
A rising tide lifts all boats: The origins of institutionalized aesthetic innovation
Mairi Maclean, Charles Harvey and Roy Suddaby
Entrepreneurial agency and institutional change in the co-creation of the global hotel industry
Parallel Stream B: Rhetorical History 1 – Room: UEBS – Auditorium
Chair: Roy Suddaby
Henrik Koll and Kim Esmark
Rhetorical history as managerial strategizing: The past as an object of struggles during organizational change in a Scandinavian telecom
Eugene Choi, Ikujiro Nonaka and R. Daniel Wadhwani
Selfless quest for corporate-level oneness: Application of rhetorical history as an essential organizational praxis of wise leadership
Çetin Önder, Meltem Özge Özcanli and Sükrü Özen
When competitors are co-narrators: Contested rhetorical organizational history
Session III: Friday, July 05, 09:00 to 10:30
– Parallel Stream –
Parallel Stream A: Institutions – Room: UEBS – LT 1A
Chair: Charles Harvey
Pamela A. Popielarz
Organizational legacy and normativity in organizations
Natalia Korchagina
Disrupting oppressive institutions through memory: Interstitial events as catalysts of theofficial commemoration of alternative memories
Grégoire Croidieu, Birthe Soppe and Walter W. Powell
How contestation buttresses legitimacy: A historical analysis of the 1855 Bordeaux wine classification
Parallel Stream B: Rhetorical History 2 – Room: UEBS – Auditorium
Chair: Bill Foster
Simon Oertel, Franziska Hein, Karin Knorr and Kirsten Thommes
The application of rhetorical history in crafting an organizational identity
Stefanie Ruel, Linda Dyer and Albert J. Mills
Gendered rhetorical ‘histories’ and antenarratives: The women of the Canadian Alouette I and II satellites
John G.L. Millar
Rhetorical history and the competitive advantage of the Edinburgh fund management cluster
Session IV: Friday, July 05, 11:00 to 12:30
– Parallel Stream –
Parallel Stream A: Sources and Methods – Room: UEBS – LT 1A
Chair: Charles Harvey
Adam Nix and Stephanie Decker
Between sources and stuff: Using digital historical sources
Guy Huber, Andrea Bernardi and Ioanna Iordanou
Critical discourse analysis: At the intersection of sociology and historiography
Andrew Smith
Corporate archives, history as sensemaking, and strategic decision-making at a multinational bank
Parallel Stream B: Applied Theory – Room: UEBS – Auditorium
Chair: Mairi Maclean
Thomas Davis
Two triangles: Putting Lefebvre’s ‘spatial triad’ to work in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
Garance Marechal and Stephen Linstead
Kitchen magic! Early media chefs’ reconfiguration of the field of cooking
Sonia Coman and Andrea Casey
The enduring presence of the founder in collection museums: A historical and interdisciplinary perspective
Session V: Friday, July 05, 14:00 to 15:30
– Parallel Stream –
Parallel Stream A: Politics and Parliaments – Room: UEBS – LT 1A
Chair: Diego Coraiola
Sabina Siebert
‘The Churchill effect’: Parliaments and their history
Sarah Robinson and Ron Kerr
‘Remember Mackintosh!’ Historical homology in the design of the Scottish parliament
Priscila Almeida and Eduardo Davel
Connecting cultural history to organizational studies: Contributions from the political festivity of Dois de Julho in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil)
Parallel Stream B: Memory – Room: UEBS – Auditorium
Chair: Gabrielle Durepos
Karan Sonpar, Federica Pazzaglia, Matthew Lyle and Ian J. Walsh
Memory work in response to breaches of trust: The Irish Banking Inquiry
Michel W. Lander
Tainting memories: The impact of stigmatization and institutional legacies on the founding of Scotch Whisky distilleries, 1680–1914
Rohny Saylors
Using microstoria to study (re)membering in the context of (dis)enchantment: Empirical insights from the history of Sears and Walmart
Session VI: Saturday, July 06, 09:00 to 10:30
– Parallel Stream –
Parallel Stream A: Processes and Boundaries – Room: UEBS – LT 1A
Chair: Anna Soulsby
Liv Egholm
Drawing the boundaries of the needy. Boundary objects and translation practices
Audrey-Anne Cyr
Deep rootedness: Institutionalization of reciprocity and trust in family firms
Vittoria Magrelli, Josip kotlar, Alfredo De Massis and emanuela rondi
Generations, evolution and rhythm in family firms: The role of mediators
Parallel Stream B: Entrepreneurship – Room: UEBS – Auditorium
Chair: Charles Harvey
Nicholas D. Wong and Tom Mcgovern
Entrepreneurial history and firm growth: A case study of Rushworths Music House
Trevor Israelsen, J. Robert Mitchell and Dominic Lim
Temporality and stakeholder enrollment: Memory, imagination, and rhetorical history in the context of entrepreneurship
Ken Sakai
Confluence of multiple histories in institutional change: A case study on the management of surgical needles in Japanese hospitals (1945–2000)
Session VII: Saturday, July 06, 11:00 to 12:30
Business and Public Sector Interface
 A: Business and Public Sector Interface – Room: UEBS – Auditorium
Chair: Stewart Clegg
Pilar Acosta and Julio Zuluaga
Rethinking the role of businesses in the provision of public goods: A historical perspective
Christiane Chihadeh
Critical grounded theory and an imagined history: Thatcherism and the privatisation of the British internal energy market, 1980–2010
Anna Soulsby
Studying the processes of managerial legitimacy and the control of former state-owned enterprises in post-communist societies: A longitudinal study
 B: Religion – Room: UEBS – LT 1A
Chair: Alistair Mutch
Lauri J. Laine and Ewald Kibler
Myth and organizational structure: The case of the Orthodox Christian Valaam monastery (~1200–2018)
Myleen Leary
Regulations, bricolage, and the development of the Jewish ghetto in 16th century Venice
Jose Bento da Silva and Paolo Quattrone
Inscribing ambiguity into procedural logics: Insights from the diffusion of the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises (1522–1992)

ABH Conference July 2019

Registration is now open for the ABH conference at Sheffield Hallam University on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2019. Please click on this link: https://store.shu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/social-sciences-humanities/ssh-conferences/association-of-business-historians-conference-2019, or alternatively go to the ABH website at: https://www.gla.ac.uk/external/ABH/ and click on “registration”.

Please note that early-bird prices end on 4 June. The broad conference theme is Business Transformation in an Uncertain World. The Keynote Lecture, ‘Dealing with Uncertainty: Multinationals in Sub-Saharan Africa from Decolonization to Structural Adjustment’, will be delivered by Professor Stephanie Decker (Aston Business School)

The conference venue is SHU’s City Campus which is a 5-10 minute walk from Sheffield railway station.

 If you are arriving early on Thursday 4 July, you are welcome to attend the Slaven PhD Workshop (starting at 2 pm in the conference venue) and join us for an informal evening meal (pay a deposit with registration)

 On Friday 5th candidates for the Coleman Prize for best PhD in business history will make their presentations, and the prize will be awarded at the reception preceding the conference dinner later in the evening.

 On the afternoon of Saturday 6th there will be an invited workshop (the Corley Workshop) for early career researchers. There will also be an optional trip to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, an 18th century iron and steel works with a crucible furnace.

Symposium on Radical Business

Radical Business?

SYMPOSIUM, 28 June 2019

Radical Business? Business and the Contest over Social Norms

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
9 am to 4:30 pm

Conveners: David Chan Smith and Rowena Olegario

This one-day symposium at the Weston Library brings together an interdisciplinary group of speakers to offer insights into how business has acted as a radical force to upset and replace social norms over time. Whether seeking to normalize new products and services, such as autonomous vehicles, or reacting to environmental or safety concerns, business is engaged in a constant negotiation with larger cultural codes. Speakers will discuss the consequences of this contest over social norms, including ethical as well as strategic implications. By bringing together researchers from across disciplines, the symposium will also explore common conceptual ground to understand the significance of this problem for the history of capitalism and management.

 

All are welcome to attend, but please RSVP.

David Smith is Associate Professor, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, and is the Royal Bank of Canada-Bodleian Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries during Trinity Term 2019.

Presented in association with the Oxford Centre for Global History, Global History of Capitalism project, Faculty of History, University of Oxford

Confirmed speakers:

Aled Davies, University of Oxford
Stephanie Decker, Aston University
Neil Forbes, Coventry University
James Hollis, University of Oxford
Mary Johnstone-Louise, University of Oxford
Alan Morrison, University of Oxford
Anne Murphy, University of Hertfordshire
Adam Nix, De Montfort University
Will Pettigrew, University of Lancaster
David Chan Smith, Wilfrid Laurier University
Heidi Tworek, University of British Columbia
Michael Weatherburn, Imperial College London
Lola Wilhelm, University of Oxford

GHC logo

CHORD workshop

The CHORD (Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) workshop on: ‘Retailing and Community: The Social Dimensions of Commerce in Historical Perspective’ will take place at the University of Wolverhampton, UK on May 9, 2019.

The programme, together with abstracts, registration details and further information, can be found here: https://retailhistory.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/community/

The programme includes:

Alistair Kefford, University of Leicester, UK
Civic Visions of Consumerism? Post-1945 British Planning and the Reorganisation of Urban Retailing

Grace Millar, University of Wolverhampton, UK
‘The grocer carried me for three months’: Understanding shop credit during extended strikes and lockouts

Pierre Botcherby, University of Warwick, UK
Representing local interests in post-industrial town centre regeneration: a case study of St. Helens, Merseyside

Marjorie Gehrhardt, University of Reading, UK
Salvation Army stores, 1890-1914: charitable or commercial ventures?

George Gosling, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Charity shops and commercial traders: a history of rivalry or collaboration?

Triona Fitton, University of Kent, UK
Blurring boundaries: ‘The Gift’ reimagined in the contemporary British charity shop

Ian Mitchell, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Much more than a Store: Co-ops in northern and midland England, 1870-1914

Cath Feely, University of Derby, UK
‘Certainly nothing half so revealing exists in documentary form’: The Local Newsagent in Interwar Britain

Tim Alen, Plunkett Foundation, UK
A proposal from Plunkett Foundation on the story of community shops

The workshop will take place in room Room MH108-9, Mary Seacole (MH) Building, City Campus, University of Wolverhampton.

The fee is £20

For further information and to register, please see the workshop web-pages, at: https://retailhistory.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/community/

Or contact Laura Ugolini, at: L.Ugolini@wlv.ac.uk

Information about CHORD events can also be found here: www.wlv.ac.uk/chord