ToC ZUG SI on Business in Africa

Great new issue by ZUG (German Journal of Business History) on state-owned enterprises on the African continent.


State enterprises in Africa: a postcolonial history

Alexander Keese, Marie Huber

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Finance, Investment and Decolonisation in Nigeria

Early market formation and participation on the Lagos Stock Exchange, 1957–1967

Mariusz Lukasiewicz

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Modernising the village

State farms, agricultural development, and nation-building in 1960s Ghana

Sarah Kunkel

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State and market

SOEs in Africa since the opening of markets, 1990s–2015

Grietjie Verhoef

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State-owned success in the air

Ethiopian Airlines and the multinational Air Afrique in the 1960s and 1970s

Marie Huber

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Winter break at OHN

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year! It’s been a busy year at OHN, and we are taking a well-deserved break until January. But just in case you might get bored in our absence, let us share a few interesting audio resources with you. I know, everyone got into podcasts like two years ago, but there is even more good stuff out now than ever before

This year, we started offering open access articles in organization history in audio formats – for our podcast, visit and see if there is anything there that interests you! So far we have had anything from AI, to methods, to whiskey and the (California) energy crisis. More to come next year, and if you have an OA article out in the field, get in touch if you would like see it as a podcast.

And in the world of podcasts, there is more that might be relevant to you – for starters, do you know about the New Books Network – Economic & Business History? Here, scholars in the field are interviewed about their new books. I did one on my new book Postcolonial Transitions and Global Business History with the wonderful Paula de la Cruz Fernandes and Prof Michael Rowlinson.

If you want to recap your organization studies classics, check out Talking about Organizations – they look at some of the classics and have a collection on historical approaches on their website.

While we are taking a break from teaching and writing, it might be a good time to consider why we are all publishing, editing, reviewing, or despairing in the academic journal market we have today. Yes, academic publishing has a business history – one that involves Rupert Murdoch (of all people) as a key innovator. It’s quite a story, and it is available as an Audio Long Read from The Guardian, or as a normal long-read article.

Enjoy the break!

V&A Exhibition: Tropical Modernism in West Africa and India

Exciting news that The V&A is planning an exhibition with emphasis on the architecture of Tropical Modernism in West Africa and India. The exhibition…

V&A Exhibition: Tropical Modernism in West Africa and India

New audio article available: “Finding Light in Dark Archives”

Do you want one of your articles available as an audio version? Send out a message at! The article needs to be OA and formatted as a word document designed to be read out. Get in touch for more information.

This week, we are making another audio version of an Open Access article available as a podcast. This article appeared in “AI & Society”, 2022, volume 33.

Finding light in dark archives: Using AI to connect context and content in email


  • Stephanie Decker, University of Bristol, UK
  • David A. Kirsch, Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland, USA
  • Santhilata Kuppili Venkata The National Archives (UK)
  • Adam Nix University of Birmingham, UK


Email archives are important historical resources, but access to such data poses a unique archival challenge and many born-digital collections remain dark, while questions of how they should be effectively made available are answered. This paper contributes to the growing interest in preserving access to email by addressing the needs of users, in readiness for when such collections become more widely available. We argue that for the content of email to be meaningfully accessed, the context of email must form part of this access. In exploring this idea, we focus on discovery within large, multi-custodian archives of organisational email, where emails’ network features are particularly apparent. We introduce our prototype search tool, which uses AI-based methods to support user-driven exploration of email. Specifically, we integrate two distinct AI models that generate systematically different types of results, one based upon simple, phrase-matching and the other upon more complex, BERT embeddings. Together, these provide a new pathway to contextual discovery that accounts for the diversity of future archival users, their interests and level of experience.

Keywords: email archives; born-digital collections; computational archival studies; contextual email discovery


We gratefully acknowledge funding support by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK) and National Endowment for the Humanities (USA) as part of the US-UK Partnership Development Grants, grant AH/T013060/1.

This article is available #OpenAccess here:

Assistant or Associate Professor in Management & Public Policy (Universidad de los Andes)

Assistant /Associate Professors Positions in Management and Public Policy

Job Qualifications:

The School of Management at the University of Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) seeks applications to fill one/several full-time positions at the assistant or associate professor level at the Management and Public Policy Unit. The Unit houses scholars interested in management theory (organization theory and organizational/management economics); innovation and technology; business and economic history; family business; cultural industries; and business ethics. Preference will be given to faculty with a strong commitment to research, demonstrated by a record of publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals or high-potential working papers pipeline, and who will engage in the design, delivery, and assessment of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. This call will prioritize high quality candidates who will strengthen our existing fields but will also consider applications from high quality candidates in other relevant fields.

We are interested in candidates with:

  • A Ph.D. – completed or near completion in the field of business, management, economics, history or other relevant fields.
  • A desire and aptitude to contribute to a successful and fast-growing educational establishment.
  • Potential for research and publication in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • An ability to contribute to different undergraduate and postgraduate programs.


Applicants should submit the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • 2 (at least) reference letters.
  • A statement of teaching, including course evaluations.
  • A statement of research.
  • A copy of two recent working papers.

Send electronic versions of your application package to Only complete applications will be considered.

Processing of applications will begin Jun 1, 2022, until vacancy completion. Appointments start on any time after June 1 – 2023. The level of compensation is competitive internationally and will be determined based on education and experience following University guidelines. Detailed information will be provided once the candidate is offered a position

IAP Management History Book series relaunched

The Management History Book Series for Information Age Publishing has been relaunched! Please, visit this page for further information. The ambitious goal is to publish edited volumes showcasing the best management history research (in the form of chapters), including – but not limited to – the ones presented at MH Conferences worldwide.

For further information and expressions of interest, please contact

Matteo Cristofaro

Assistant Professor in Management

University of Rome Tor Vergata 

PDW Chair, Management History Division at Academy of Management 2023-2027

Annotated TOC Business History 64-4 2022

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

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The full TOC can be accessed here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business History publishes three or four special issues each year.

Proposals for special issues are considered by the editorial team twice a year, once in June and once in December, to allow for a more systematic decision-making process. The next deadline for submitting a special issue proposal is December 16. 

Proposals should be submitted to the Managing Editor ( and copied to the Joint Editors-in-Chief, Stephanie Decker ( and Neil Rollings ( Guest editors remain free to submit proposed SIs at any point in the year but the proposals will not be considered until the next deadline. Guest editors will receive a decision shortly after the deadline. The expectation is that up to two special issues will be approved in any round averaging to three being commissioned each year, assuming that they are regarded as of suitable appeal. Decisions will be relayed to the applicants with feedback early in the New Year and the summer depending on the relevant deadline. 

Submitted proposals must be fully worked out in advance of submission. Editors remain happy to advise on proposed SIs in advance of any submission but that any revisions requested by the editorial team after submission are expected to be minor.

More information about how to submit is available here.

CfP JMS “Historical Perspectives on Deglobalization”

Special Issue call for papers

Journal of Management Studies

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

Submission Deadline: 1 July 2023

Guest Editors:

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

JMS Editor:

  • Johann Fortwengel (King’s Business School)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear all,

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

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

Our CFP can be accessed here:

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

Do not hesitate if you need further information

All the best

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


@OAP Organising Committee