New deadline for submissions to Special Issue in JESB

The new deadline for submissions for the Special Issue “Women in the Economy Since the 1950s: Change and Transformation in Expected and Contested Roles” has been extended to June 20th, 2023.

More information about the journal can be found here:

Call for Papers

This Special Issue seeks studies that explore the roles (leaders, workers, consumers, shareholders or investors, amongst others) that women have actively assumed while participating in the economy since the 1950s. The editors of this SI are particularly interested in research articles that identify change and transformation over time of these roles, in either an economic sector or an industry or within a particular organization, whether this refers to sectors or sizes -micro, small and medium-sized companies and large national and transnational companies. We welcome theoretical and empirical pieces that question culturally informed assumptions that women in Global North have more power and access to greater roles in the economy. The time period is limited to the second half of the twentieth century with the aim of understanding how historical processes and changes in the workplace and education, such as the 1970s shift in women’s labor to work outside the home and the greater number of women in higher education, or the 1960s US and European protests and social unrest, affected the ways in which women became business actors during the time.

Women around the world are not exclusively defined by gender, instead they need to be conceptualized in all their complexity as economic and social subjects (Hills Collins, 2015). We consider that the perspective of intersectionality is a valuable resource to understand women’s identities and societal inequalities through the multiple interlocking social categories such as race/ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation or ability/disability, among others (see the reviews of Hills Collins, 2015 and Viveros Vigoya, 2021). We also reckon that the contributions of management and business history studies (see the reviews of Barbero and Lluch, 2014; Cárdenas de Sanz de Santamaría, Franco and Sandoval, 2014; and Ripoll, 2014) are useful for understanding that the context in which women constitute economic actors is heterogeneous and shape women’s participation and access to business and opportunities over time.

As editors of this SI, we seek to broaden the understanding of the role that women have played as leaders, different from high-level corporate positions (see for example, De la Cruz-Fernandez, 2021; Ginalski, 2022;  Lluch and Salvaj, 2022; Tumbe, 2022; Wright, 2021). For this, we encourage studies that focus on the construction of meaning about women and the expected or contested roles they play in the economy and other interrelated domains (see for example, Fernández and Hamilton, 2007, Berkers, Verboord, and Weij, 2016; Milanes-Reyes, 2011; Richards, 2007; Rodriguez-Martinez, 2022; Skalli, 2011, and Tribín-Uribe, Pirela-Ríos and Gómez-Barrera, 2022), incorporating novel sources and methods.

This SI aims to include papers that examine the following issues:

  • The diversity of paths that women have undertaken to be part of industry and business, as leaders, workers, consumers, shareholders or investors and the ways in which their cultural, social, and economic background has helped or has been an obstacle to their pursues.
  • Female entrepreneurship in different geographical regions and the diverse outcomes of their endeavors to understand the variety of contexts and organizations that women work and manage.
  • The impact that the press and the new digital media have had in the construction of women as economic actors and how they have reflected upon it.

The Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business is an open access publication with two issues per year, with an external and international academic peer review process of evaluation, with the sponsorship of RCUB (Revistes Científiques de la Universitat de Barcelona) gratefully acknowledged.

All submissions will undergo a peer review process to select up to 8 accepted papers. Please follow the submission guidelines:


September 30th, 2022: Open call for papers
June 20th, 2023: Deadline for full paper submission
June 21st – September 15th, 2023: New round of reviews
November 15th, 2023: Final submission
January 2024: Expected publication

Guest editors

Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal (Universidad del Pacífico), She is a business historian, lecturer at Universidad del Pacífico (Perú) and member of the History, Business and Entrepreneurship (GHE) research group of Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). Doctor in Business and Management (PhD, QMUL, 2021) holds degrees of Economics (BSc, UniAndes, 2003) and Economic History (MSc, LSE, 2010). She is currently studying women entrepreneurs in Peru from 1980 to 2022, a research based on interviews and newspapers.

Laura M. Milanés-Reyes (Scholar), She is a cultural sociologist who is currently working on gender and media in Andean countries. Ph.D. in Sociology (University at Albany, SUNY) and a former Fulbright Grantee. Laura has analyzed the representation of CEOs in the personal profiles appearing in the U.S. press during the 1990s-2000s, focusing on gendered meaning making patterns. Her dissertation compared news coverage of two economic crises: The Great Recession in the U.S. and Colombia’s crisis (1998).

Paula de la Cruz-Fernández (Scholar), She is a gender and business historian, digitization and archives specialist, bilingual editor, and a scholarly communications consultant. Currently, Paula manages projects that focus on outreach and the wide promotion of academic research via digital media like websites, podcasts, blogging, and social media.  She is the digital editor of the Business History Conference and co-editor of New Books Network en español.


Barbero, María Inés, and Andrea Lluch. 2014. “Business History and Women’s History in Argentina. A Brief Historiographical Essay-Review.” History, Business and Entrepreneurship Newsletter 5: 8-13.

Berkers, Pauwke, Marc Verboord, and Frank Weij. 2016. “«These Critics (Still) Don’t Write Enough About Women Artists»: Gender Inequality in the Newspaper Coverage of Arts and Culture in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, 1955-2005.” Gender & Society 30(3): 515-39. doi: 10.1177/0891243216643320.

Cárdenas de Santamaría, Maria Consuelo, Valentina Franco, and Daniela Sandoval. 2014. “Women in Management Positions in Colombia: An Illustration.” History, Business and Entrepreneurship Newsletter 5: 14-18.

De la Cruz-Fernández, Paula. 2021. Gendered Capitalism: Sewing Machines and Multinational Business in Spain and Mexico, 1850–1940. Routledge: New York.

Fernández, Paloma, and Eleanor Hamilton. 2007. “Gender and family firms: an interdisciplinary approach.” UB Economics – Working Papers [ERE] WP E-Eco07/171. Barcelona: University of Barcelona.

Ginalski, Stéphanie. 2022. “How Women Broke into the Old Boys’ Corporate Network in Switzerland.” Business History. doi: 10.1080/00076791.2022.2034788.

Hill Collins, Patricia. 2015. “Intersectionality’s Definitional Dilemmas.” Annual Review of Sociology 41(1): 1-20. doi: 10.1146/annurev-soc-073014-112142.

Lluch, Andrea, and Erica Salvaj. 2022. “Women May Be Climbing on Board, but Not in First Class: A Long-Term Study of the Factors Affecting Women’s Board Participation in Argentina and Chile (1923–2010).” Business History. doi: 10.1080/00076791.2022.2063275.

Martínez-Rodríguez, Susana. 2022. “Diana (1969-1978): The First Women’s Finance Magazine in Spain.” Feminist Media Studies. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2022.2055606.

Milanes, Laura. 2011 “Media Representation of Chief Executive Officers: Personal Profiles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, 1990s-2000s” Master in Sociology, State University of New York at Albany.

Richards, Patricia. 2007. “Bravas, Permitidas, Obsoletas: Mapuche Women in the Chilean Print Media.” Gender & Society 21(4): 553-78. doi: 10.1177/0891243207304971.

Ripoll, Maria Teresa. 2014. “Women Entrepreneurs in Colombia: Is Gender Relevant in the Study of Entrepreneurial Performance?” History, Business and Entrepreneurship Newsletter 5: 19-26.

Skalli, Loubna H. 2011. “Constructing Arab Female Leadership Lessons from the Moroccan Media.” Gender & Society 25(4): 473-95. doi:

Tribin-Uribe, Ana Maria, Ana Pirela-Rios, and Alan Gómez-Barrera. 2022. Informe Quanta cuidado y género: Diferencias de género en los medios de comunicación digitales: Un análisis empleando minería de texto. Colombia: Universidad de los Andes, PNUD, Quanta y Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Tumbe, Chinmay. 2022. “Women Directors in Corporate India, C. 1920–2019.” Business History. doi:

Viveros Vigoya, Mara. 2021. El oxímoron de las clases medias negras. Movilidad social e interseccionalidad en Colombia. Guadalajara: Editorial Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro María Sibylla Merlan de Estudios Latinoamericanos Avanzados en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (CALAS).

Wright, Claire E. F. 2021. “Good Wives and Corporate Leaders: Duality in Women’s Access to Australia’s Top Company Boards, 1910–2018.” Business History. doi: h10.1080/00076791.2021.1994948.

TOC of Business History 65 3 has just been published

Volume 65, 3 (2023) of Business History, with four book reviews, seven articles, and one comment, has just been published. TOC is available below, or browse here

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TOC 65 – 3, 2023

Paola Lanaro and Chistophe Austruy’s L’Arsenale Di Venezia. Da Grande Complesso Industriale a Risorsa Patrimoniale, reviewed by Isabelle Cecchini, Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 576–77.

Derbyshire, J. “Cross-Fertilising Scenario Planning and Business History by Process-Tracing Historical Developments: Aiding Counterfactual Reasoning and Uncovering History to Come.” Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 479–501.

Eshter Sahle’s Quakers in the British Atlantic World, 1660-1800, reviewed by Sheryllyne Haggerty, Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 580–81.

Jarzabkowski, P., Bednarek, R., Kilminster, W. and Spee, P. “An Integrative Approach to Investigating Longstanding Organisational Phenomena; Opportunities for Practice Theorists and Historians.” Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 414–22.

Lagrosen, S. and Roy, A. “Entrepreneurial Relationship Marketing in 19th Century India – The Case of Railway Contractor Joseph Stephens.” Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 525–40.

Maeda, K. “Market-Based Financing for Small Corporations during Early Industrialisation: The Case of Salt Corporations in Japan, 1880s–1910s.” Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 502–24.

Lomang Wang’s Chinese Hinterland Capitalism and Shanxi Piaohao: Banking, State, and Family, 1720-1910, reviewed by Ghassan Moazzin, Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 572–73.

Pearson, R. “Normative Practices, Narrative Fallacies? International Reinsurance and Its History.” Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 397–413.

Scherner, J. and Spoerer, M. “Infant Company Protection in the German Semi-Synthetic Fibre Industry: Market Power, Technology, the Nazi Government and the Post-1945 World Market.” Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 541–71.

Soydemir, C. O. and Erçek, M. “State and Transforming Institutional Logics: The Emergence and Demise of Ottoman Cooperatives as Hybrid Organizational Forms, 1861–1888.” Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 423–53.

Klas Rönnbäck and Oskar Broberg’s Capital and Colonialism: The Return on British Investments in Africa, 1869–1969, reviewed by Nicolaas Strydom, Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 574–75.

Wong, Nicholas D., and Tom McGovern. “Entrepreneurial Strategies in a Family Business: Growth and Capital Conversions in Historical Perspective.” Business History 65, no. 3 (April 3, 2023): 454–78.

TOC of Business History Issue 65 – 2, 2023, now out!

Business History Volume 65, Issue 2 is now available. It is a Special issue: “Brokers of the wealthy (Transnational business associations)”, edited by Pierre Eichenberger, Neil Rollings, and Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl.

The list below also includes the book reviews published in the issue. Full online TOC here

Ballor, G. (2023) ‘Liberalisation or protectionism for the single market? European automakers and Japanese competition, 1985–1999’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 302–328. Available at:

Diana Kelly’s The Red Taylorist: the life and times of Walter Nicholas Polakov, reviewed by Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo. Business History, 65(2), pp. 391–392. Available at:

David, T. and Eichenberger, P. (2023) ‘’A world parliament of business’? The International Chamber of Commerce and its presidents in the twentieth century’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 260–283. Available at:

Eichenberger, P., Rollings, N. and Schaufelbuehl, J.M. (2023) ‘The brokers of globalization: Towards a history of business associations in the international arena’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 217–234. Available at:

Iberg, L. (2023) ‘Fighting for a neoliberal Europe: Swiss business associations and the UNICE, 1970–1978’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 366–381. Available at:

Emily Erikson’s Trade and nation: how companies and politics reshaped economic thought, reviewed by William Pettigre, Business History, 65(2), pp. 395–396. Available at:

Pitteloud, S. (2023) ‘Let’s coordinate! The reinforcement of a “liberal bastion” within European Industrial Federations, 1978-1987’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 345–365. Available at:

Edmond Smith’s Merchants: The Community That Shaped England’s Trade and Empire, reviewed by Alka Rama, Business History, 65(2), pp. 393–394. Available at:

Rollings, N. (2023) ‘The development of transnational business associations during the twentieth century’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 235–259. Available at:

Schaufelbuehl, J.M. (2023) ‘Becoming the advocate for US-based multinationals: The United States Council of the International Chamber of Commerce, 1945–1974’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 284–301. Available at:

Sluga, G. (2023) ‘Business transnationalism, looking from the outside in’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 382–388. Available at:

Stephen R Wenn and Robert Barney, The Gold in the Rings: The People and Events That Transformed the Olympic Games, reviewed by Kevin Tennent, Business History, 65(2), pp. 389–390. Available at:

Waterhouse, B.C. (2023) ‘The Business Roundtable and the politics of U.S. manufacturing decline in the global 1970s’, Business History, 65(2), pp. 329–344. Available at:

**new deadline** for Business History Special Issue

The deadline for submissions for Special Issue Historical perspectives on business power and influence has been extended to May 31, 2023.

In this video, guest editors Susanna Fellman and Maiju Wuokko explain what this call for submissions and Special Issue are expecting to accomplish.

Historical perspectives on business power and influence

This Special Issue will address questions of business influence on policy formation, business organizations’ political activity, and business power. These are all topics of burgeoning scholarly interest. One reason for this growth in attention is the current political landscape. It is frequently assumed that interest and lobby groups have privileged access to political decision makers. This is not a new phenomenon, however. Both in the US and the EU, the significant role of lobby groups in the political system is recognized and well documented. Business and other lobby groups’ advocacy organizations have an established place within the political system. However,  changes have occurred in the lobbying practices of business and in its actual ability to influence decision-making, and in the platforms for and channels of corporate political activity. New investigations are needed.

Lately, these topics have also been analyzed within the field of business history (e.g. Pitteloud 2021; Rollings 2021; Wuokko et al 2021; Eichenberger et al 2022). For example, Eichenberger et al (2022) addresses the role of organized business in the international arena in their pursuit of shaping global capitalism and globalization. Business interest associations (BIAs) and big business do not only aim to shape national policies, but also to affect the broader national and international institutional environment. This Special Issue contributes to this growing field.

Both business historians and those in the social sciences, have also noticed the difficulties in investigating these topics empirically. How do we detect influence? How do we measure it? How do we show the occurrence (or absence) of influence in a distinct and certain manner? Political scientist Andreas Dür and colleagues have addressed the challenges of defining, diagnosing, and measuring influence and power (esp. Dür 2008; Dür et al 2019; Pritoni 2015). Matt Grossman (2012) notes that scholars often have difficulties in consistently demonstrating interest groups’ influence on policy. Influence can occur through other channels than direct lobbying, for example by indicating potential (negative or positive) future consequences from specific decisions. In general, the lobbying success and lobbying strategies are dependent on the institutional context (see, e.g. Mahoney 2008).

The concept of power is also complex and therefore often avoided by historians entirely. As stated by Neil Rollings (2021), business historians acknowledge business power, but often leave it out of their analysis and “lurking” in the background. On the other hand, historians have some advantages. Historians often focus on the long-term, on temporal change, and on the political and institutional context (Grossman 2012; Hojnacki et al 2012). Historians often engage in-depth empirical work. As a result, there is huge potential for analyzing how the arenas and the means of wielding business influence have changed over time.

BIA’s influence, and its power, needs to be assessed, problematized and nuanced by new scholarship. Overall, BIAs are considered to be in general both strong and powerful. Big business and BIAs have better access to policy makers and better resources than many other advocacy groups (Dür 2008). Key industry also often holds structural power by, for example, deciding on where and when to invest (Bernhagen 2007). These factors do not mean that other groups would not be influential, or that it would be easy for BIAs to exercise influence. The capability of business to influence policymaking is almost certainly a more complex issue than has been asserted previously.

Some empirical research even suggests that lobbying and efforts to influence policy makers often have quite little direct effects (e.g. Baumgartner et al 2009). Grossman (2012) shows in an analysis of previous research that the studies more often identify other groups than BIAs as being influential for specific policy changes in the US. Effective group mobilization, large resources, or access to decision-makers do not necessarily lead to influence.  There are limits to business associations’ influence, and the degree of influence varies between different policy areas, between countries, and over time. Business groups also need to be adaptive rather than active and confrontational (e.g. Paster 2017).

These complex and challenging phenomena call for in-depth historical and empirical studies of the transformations and varieties of business power. Overall, research into the significance, impact, and power of business interest organizations in historical perspective would benefit from a greater engagement with historical approaches. These can reveal temporal transformations in power and influence, and the connected adaptation of these groups. Historical research can contribute to this field by providing analyses that are deeply contextualized and cover longer periods of time and/or significant transformations. Business historical research also put a welcome focus on business organizations, industries, firms, and business leaders and by doing so, shed new light on corporate actors’ activities.

While challenging, business historians have recently attempted to adopt theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches from neighboring fields. This is a revitalizing approach to the field and has opened it up for fruitful cross-fertilization between various scholarly disciplines. Methods from other fields need to be adapted carefully to suit the needs of historical inquiry. Adopting new approaches has increased the awareness of the methodological problems and given new insights into how the obstacles can be solved. Broader discussions within the business history field on methodological problems are still few. The aim of this Special Issue is – besides presenting new empirical findings – to bring together a variety of methodological solutions that business historians have adopted. By doing so, it lays the foundation for a more coherent debate.

Possible topics and themes

The Special Issue brings together papers on empirically well-designed studies with explicit methodological discussions. The papers should explicitly discuss the methodology that has been utilized and the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen approach.  No temporal or geographical limits are set. On the contrary, we encourage papers covering various time periods and different geographical locations.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

– empirical studies detecting platforms for BIA and big business’ access to policymakers, and other channels for influence, and changes in these;

– empirical studies of different policy areas, where influence has occurred (or not occurred), and efforts to trace, and possibly measure, the influence with new and innovative source materials and/or methods;

– analyses of changes in business power over time and how this has affected businesses’ and business organizations’ political activities and efforts to influence policy-making;

–  analyses of how interest and policy preferences are formed in the business community, including how they are formulated to tie into political goals and BIAs’ changing lobby strategies;

– analyses of how the political and administrative system and/or industrial/corporate structures have affected the possibilities and ways to exercise influence in political process.

In this video, guest editors Susanna Fellman and Maiju Wuokko explain what this call for submissions and Special Issue are expecting to accomplish.


Annotated TOC (Business History 65-1, 2023)

Annotated TOC of Business History issue 65 Vol 1, published as issue last January 2023.

Catherine Jill Bamforth’s and Malcolm Abbott’s “Comparing Private and Public Approaches to State Megaproject Implementation: The R100-R101 Airship Development Case Study” studies the role of government in innovation in the case of Great Britain’s 1920s, publicly funded Imperial Airship Scheme. Read here, Business History 65, no. 1 (January 2, 2023): 131–56.

How do art galleries organize? The article “Art Dealers’ Inventory Strategy: The Case of Goupil, Boussod & Valadon from 1860 to 1914,” by Geraldine David, Christian Huemer, and Kim Oosterlinck shows the importance of inventory management in the evolution and success of art dealerships and galleries. Business History 65, no. 1 (January 2, 2023): 24–55, available here

Marie M. Fletcher, in “Death and Taxes: Estate Duty – a Neglected Factor in Changes to British Business Structure after World War Two,” discusses the importance and true complexity of death taxes in Great Britain and the impact of the Estate Duty, in place for over 80 years, in the British economy. Read in Business History 65, no. 1 (January 2, 2023): 187–209, This article is open access (OA).

“Collaborating Profitably? The Fundraising Practices of the Contemporary Art Society, 1919–1939,” focuses on the organization for fundraising in non-profit organizations. Marta Herrero and Thomas R. Buckley focus on how the Contemporary Art Society developed a for-profit subscription member scheme to raise funds in the Interwar years. Read more in Business History 65, no. 1 (January 2, 2023): 1–23.,

Benoît Maréchaux brings to light new research in early modern business history by studying how Genoese naval entrepreneurs manage distant commodity trade, labor, and capital within the Mediterranean activities of the Spanish Empire. Read more in the article “Business Organisation in the Mediterranean Sea: Genoese Galley Entrepreneurs in the Service of the Spanish Empire (Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries).” Business History 65, no. 1 (January 2, 2023): 56–87.

Through the study of mining communities, Glenda Oskar, in “Assessable Stock and the Comstock Mining Companies,” sheds new light on the business and legal history of assessable shares. The article is available in, Business History 65, no. 1 (January 2, 2023): 157–85.

Who was Marcello Boldrini? Maurizio Romano, in “‘The Originator of Eni’s Ideas’. Marcello Boldrini at the Top of Agip/Eni (1948–1967),” explains Boldrini’s influence in the Italian state-owned oil company Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (Eni) cultural practices after World War II. Read in Business History 65, no. 1 (January 2, 2023): 88–112.,

Because of their labor and state relations, the cases of the Gdynia and Uljanik shipyards show key elements of business practice and activities in twentieth-century Eastern European socialist and postsocialist systems. Read Peter Wegenschimmel’s and Andrew Hodges’ article “The Embeddedness of ‘Public’ Enterprises: The Case of the Gdynia (Poland) and Uljanik (Croatia) Shipyards.” Business History 65, no. 1 (January 2, 2023): 113–30.

New Hagley History Hangout about the Hilton Hotel

(or how many Hs can you get into one heading?)

Hilton Hotels started in Texas and swelled into a globe-straddling hospitality behemoth. Along the way company founder Conrad Hilton kept ideas about affordable luxury at the center of his business model. Among the affordable luxuries on offer in Hilton Hotels was an “eclectic modernist” design sensibility that placed the American consumer at the apex of a global cultural hierarchy. In her book project, Megan Elias, associate professor and director of the Gastronomy program at Boston University, traces a design history of Hilton Hotels.  

To uncover this story, Elias conducted research in multiple Hagley Library collections, such as the William Pahlmann Associates papers, and the Ernst Dichter papers. Among her key findings are how design decisions bore upon the business of hospitality at every turn. From architecture to furniture, food, and art, every aspect of the experience of a Hilton Hotel was crafted to appeal to consumer desires. Whereas hospitality had traditionally been an ersatz affair with uncomfortable boarding houses and public accommodations that compared unfavorably with the comforts of home. In the twentieth century, Hilton and competitor firms, transformed hospitality into an industry for the mass consumption of luxury, and made hotels better than homes.  

To support her research Dr. Elias received funding from the Center for the History of Business, Technology, & Society at the Hagley Museum & Library.

The audio only version of this program is available on our podcast. The link to this Hagley History Hangout is  

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at

Business History: Call for submissions for Special Issue on The Global Economy and the Origins of Modern Chinese Business

“The Global Economy and the Origins of Modern Chinese Business”

This Special Issue for the journal Business History has two objectives: First, it wishes to contribute to the writing of an “alternative business history” of developing economies that is sensitive to the unique circumstances businesses in these economies were confronted with and complements the business history scholarship on Western Europe, North America and Japan (Austin, Davila, and Jones 2017). Given that the study of the historical development of Chinese business has so far had relatively little contact with the academic field of business history (Frost 2022), a second, connected goal of the special issue is to bring new research on the history of Chinese business to the attention of the larger business history community.  Following recent scholarship that studies Chinese business from a global perspective (e.g., Wong 2022, Kang 2022, Moazzin 2022), the special issue lays a particular focus on China’s interaction with the global economy.

Drawing on the special characteristics of business enterprise in emerging markets developed by Austin, Davila and Jones (2017), the special issue is particularly interested in articles on the following topics, questions and themes:

  • The Great Divergence: What impact did China’s relative economic underdevelopment have on the activities of Chinese businesses? What role did Chinese business institutions play in Chinese attempts of catching up economically with developed countries?
  • Colonialism and Imperialism: What impact did colonialism and imperialism have on the development of Chinese business and the specific challenges they faced?
  • The State: How did the relationship between the state and private enterprise develop over the past two centuries? What impact did the state have on the operations and development of Chinese business?
  • Institutions: How did institutional shortcomings in the Chinese economy influence Chinese businesses and the strategies they developed?
  • Instability: How did Chinese businesses deal with the political, social and economic turbulences China witnessed during the the 19th and 20th centuries?

Submission Instructions

The deadline for submitting an abstract is the March 15, 2023 via email (to editors of this Special Issue would then invite shortlisted contributors to submit their full papers by April 30, 2023.

An online paper development workshop for the special issue will be held in May and the deadline for the submission of final papers for peer review will be June 30, 2023.

Submission of a paper for the special issue means that authors confirm that the submitted paper has not been previously published and is not under review elsewhere. All papers will go through Business History’s usual peer review process.

Any enquiries should be addressed to John D. Wong (, Jin-A Kang ( or Ghassan Moazzin (


Austin, Gareth, Carlos Dávila, and Geoffrey Jones. “The Alternative Business History: Business in Emerging Markets.” Business History Review 91, no. 3 (2017): 537–69.

Frost, Adam K. “Reframing Chinese Business History.” Business History Review 96, No. 2 (2022): 245-287.

Kang, Jin-A.  “Monetary war between Nanjing and Guangzhou during the great depression: Financial unification and national versus local politics in China in the 1930s,” in Chi-cheung Choi, Tomoko Shiroyama and Venus Viana ed., Strenuous Decades: Global Challenges and Transformation of Chinese Societies in Modern Asia, Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2022.

Moazzin, Ghassan.  Foreign Banks and Global Finance in Modern China: Banking on the Chinese Frontier, 1870–1919. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022.

Wong, John D. Hong Kong Takes Flight: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Global Hub, 1930s – 1998.  Harvard University Asia Center, 2022.

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The BHC 2023 program is now available

The BHC 2023 Annual Meeting theme is Reinvention (Detroit, March 16-18, 2023)

The BHC 2023 conference program is now available. The table of contents below has links to each of the sessions. The program is also searchable on the website:

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2023 BHC Meeting

Detroit, MI, United States

March 16th – 18th, 2023


Thursday, March 16th. 3

Paper Development Workshop: Economic History of Natural Resources, 9:00am – 1:00pm   3

Paper Development Workshop: Educating for Business and the Business of Education – Historical Perspectives and Developments, 9:00am – 1:00pm Room C. 4

Workshops 1, 2:00pm – 3:30pm.. 4

Session a: Global Capitalisms and Commodities, Part 1. 4

Session b: Workshop Social Network Analysis. 4

Session c: Digital Business History. 4

Workshops 2, 4:00pm – 5:30pm.. 4

Session a: Global Capitalisms and Commodities, Part 2. 4

Session b: Business Historians in a World of Crises. 5

Opening Plenary, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.. 5

Session a: Detroit: Then and Now. 5

BHC After Dark (Welcome Reception), 8:00pm – 10:30pm.. 5

Friday, March 17th. 5

Concurrent Sessions 1, 8:00am – 9:30am.. 5

Session a: History Resized. 5

Session b: Innovation from the Bottom Up. 6

Session c: Corporate Diplomacy. 6

Session d: Resources and Sustainability. 6

Session f: Engineers and the Rule of Standards. 7

Session g: Industry Dynamics. 7

Session h: Silver Screen. 7

Concurrent Sessions 2, 1:00pm – 2:30pm.. 8

Session a: Spatializing Business. 8

Session b: Murky Business. 8

Session c: Reinterpreting US-China Trade Relations. 8

Session d: Business and the Environment 9

Session e: Protect America Again. 9

Session f: Do We Have a Deal? Cooperation and Cartelization. 9

Session g: You’ve Got Chemistry. 9

Session h: Creating Spectacle. 10

Concurrent Sessions 3, 3:00pm – 4:30pm.. 10

Session a: New Recipes in Business History. 10

Session b: The Process of Reinvention. 10

Session c: Borderland Business. 11

Session d: Green Giants. 11

Session e: Antimonopoly in the Long Twentieth Century. 11

Session f: Laboring over Standards. 12

Session g: Care for Cash. 12

Session h: Divine Business. 12

Conversations, 5:00pm – 6:15pm.. 12

Session b: Legal History as Business History (and Business History as Legal History) Room B  13

Chair: Robert Eberhart, 13

Session d: Global Capitalisms and Commodities: Directions for Future Research. 13

Session e: The Great Inflation. 13

Session f: Careers Beyond the Academy for Historians. 14

Presidential Reception, 6:15pm – 8:00pm.. 14

Emerging Scholar Reception, 9:30pm – 11:30pm.. 14

Saturday, March 18th. 14

Concurrent Sessions 4, 8:00am – 9:30am.. 14

Session a: Selling Sensation. 14

Session b: Merchants on the Move. 14

Session c: Profiteers Go Global 15

Session d: Responsibility and Irresponsibility in Global Business. 15

Session e: Property Wrongs. 15

Session f: Horse Power 15

Session g: Hired Guns. 16

Session h: History for Sale. 16

Concurrent Sessions 5, 10:00am – 11:30am.. 16

Session a: Gender, Business and Ethics. 16

Session b: The Politics of Entrepreneurship. 16

Session c: Pandemic Preparedness. 17

Session d: Regulating Finance. 17

Session e: Transactional and Commercial Law.. 17

Session f: Visions of Good Society. 17

Session g: The Business with Cars and Trucks. 18

Session h: Accounting for Accounting. 18

Concurrent Sessions 6, 1:00pm – 2:30pm.. 18

Session a: Business History in the Longue Durée. 18

Session b: Women’s Economic Revitalization in Early America. 19

Session c: Reinventing the World. 19

Session d: Financial Innovation. 19

Session e: Power Moves. 19

Session f: Postwar European Capitalism.. 20

Session g: Capitalism Computerized. 20

Session h: New and Improved! Advertising and Business. 20

Concurrent Sessions 7, 2:45pm – 4:15pm.. 21

Session a: Visualizing Business History. 21

Session b: New Approaches to Women’s Business History. 21

Session c: The Empire Frauds Back. 21

Session d: Reinventing Financial Standards. 21

Session e: Fair Game. 21

Session f: No Country for Oil Men. 22

Discussant: Pål Thonstad Sandvik, NTNU. 22

Session g: Recharting Chinese Business. 22

Session h: Media and Materiality. 22

Concurrent Sessions 8, 4:30pm – 6:00pm.. 23

Session a: Entangled, People and Words. 23

Session b: Professions and Careers. 23

Session c: Business in Arms. 23

Session d: Clusters, Agglomerations and Districts. 23

Session e: Deindustrializing History. 24

Session f: Stakeholders and Governance. 24

Session g: The Morality of Markets. 24

Reception & Banquet, 8:15pm – 10:00pm.. 25

2023 BHC Meeting Program

Thursday, March 16th

Dissertation Colloquium 1, 8:00am – 2:00pm

Room A

Dissertation Colloquium 2, 8:00am – 2:00pm

Room B

Paper Development Workshop: Economic History of Natural Resources, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Room D

Sponsored by Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Contact: Espen Storli,

Paper Development Workshop: Educating for Business and the Business of Education – Historical Perspectives and Developments, 9:00am – 1:00pm Room C

Sponsored by Copenhagen Business School

Contact: Christoph Viebig,

Workshops 1, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Session a: Global Capitalisms and Commodities, Part 1

Room C

Contact: Donica Belisle,

Chair: Laurent Beduneau-Wang, Africa Business School (ABS), University Mohammed VI Polytechnic Discussant: The Audience

M. Stephen Salmon, Canadian Business History Association

““Buffalo is also a strategic point”: The Imperial Economic Conference of 1932 and the Canadian Great Lakes Grain Trade” Kashia Arnold, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Who Depends on the Global Economy?: Silk, Power, and Nationalist Narratives in the Global Pacific” Rob Konkel, Yale University

“How to Build a Bloc: Strategic Minerals and Interwar Quests for Autonomy and Autarky”

Session b: Workshop Social Network Analysis

Room D

Chair: Susie Pak, St. John’s University

Session c: Digital Business History

Room A

Chairs: Paula de la Cruz-Fernández, University of Florida, and Sean Patrick Adams, University of Florida

Atiba Pertilla, GHI Washington DC, and Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School, and Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal, Queen Mary University of London, and Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Coffee Break, 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Other 1 TBC

BHC Trustees, 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Room F

Workshops 2, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Session a: Global Capitalisms and Commodities, Part 2

Room C

Chair: Rob Konkel, Princeton University

Discussant: The Audience

Donica Belisle, University of Regina

“Imperial Capitalism in the Pacific: Canadian Sugar’s 1922 Departure From Fiji”

Siddharth Sridhar, University of Toronto

““The Most Modern Way”: Reinventing Malayan Rubber during the Great Depression”

Laurent Beduneau-Wang, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

“The Development of the Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) and the Globalization of the Phosphate Industry


Session b: Business Historians in a World of Crises

Room D

Chairs: Susie Pak, St. John’s University, and Neil Rollings, University of Glasgow, and Patrick

Fridenson, L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales

Discussant: The Audience

Opening Plenary, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Session a: Detroit: Then and Now

Other 1 TBC

Chair: Daniel Wadhwani, University of Southern California

Discussant: The Audience

Thomas Sugrue, NYU

Kendra Boyd, Rutgers University-Camden

“Mapping Detroit’s Historic Black Business Community”

BHC After Dark (Welcome Reception), 8:00pm – 10:30pm

Other 2 TBC

Friday, March 17th

Concurrent Sessions 1, 8:00am – 9:30am

Session a: History Resized

Room A

Chair: Andrew Popp, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: The Audience

Mark Field, Hosei University (Japan)

“Reinvention and the Empty Space”

Morten Tinning, Copenhagen Business School

“Maritime Microhistory: New Approaches to Actors and Experiences”

Sonia Jaimes-Penaloza, Universidad Icesi, and Jaime E. Londoño-Motta, Universidad Icesi

“Women Entrepreneurs Empowering Women: The case of WWB-Foundation Colombia (1980-2022)”

Shoya Fugetsu, Kyoto University & University of Glasgow (double-degree)

“Builders of the Royal Navy: Private shipbuilders’ naval constructions at the turn of the eighteenth century”

Session b: Innovation from the Bottom Up

Room B

Chair: Natalya Vinokurova, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: The Audience

Eric Hintz, Smithsonian Institution

“Athletes as Inventor-Entrepreneurs: User Innovation in the Sports Industry “

Andrew Nelson, University of Oregon

““Even Better than the Real Thing”?: Exploring Imitation Products through the Lens of Electronic Organs”

Adam Frost, Copenhagen Business School, and Daniel Wadhwani, University of Southern California, and Shuang Frost,

Aarhus University

“Ordered Informality: The Economy of Begging in Northwest China”

Andrew Hargadon, University of California Davis

“Between Cause and Consequence: A Microhistorical Study of the Innovation of Penicillin”

Session c: Corporate Diplomacy

Room C

Chair: Christina Lubinski, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: The Audience

Jan-Otmar Hesse, University of Bayreuth

“Offshoring Incentivized: The Promotion of FDI by the German Government in the 1970s”

Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Multinational Corporations Nonmarket Strategies: A View from History”

Sarah Snyder, American University

““Corporate Ambassadors: The Diplomacy of American Business in Revolutionary Russia””

Marie Huber, Philipps Universität Marburg

“Understanding West German-Ethiopian business relations in the 1960s through the lens of security and insecurity”

Session d: Resources and Sustainability

Room D

Chair: Espen Storli, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Discussant: The Audience

Chad Denton, Yonsei University

“Vectors of Contagion to Sources of Raw Materials: Regulating German Knackers’ Yards, 1871-1939”

Audrey Gerrard, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

“The Law of Fire and Axe: Tensions of Sustainability and the Brazilian Forest Code 1964-1981”

Madeleine Dungy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

“Planned Environmental Migration: Internationalizing the End of ‘Land Settlement,’ 1930-1970”

Session e: Capitalism Rules!

Room E

Chair: Grace Ballor, Bocconi University

Discussant: The Audience

Liane Hewitt, Princeton University

“A Private World Economy? International Cartels & Business-Led Globalization in the Interwar Era of Deglobalization”

Heidi Tworek, University of British Columbia

“Health and the Chronology of Global Governance”

Filip Batsele, Ghent University & Université Libre de Bruxelles

“Investors of the World, Unite! The International Association for the Promotion and Protection of Private Foreign Investments

(APPI) and the Genesis of Modern International Investment Law 1958-1968″

Sabine Pitteloud, University of Geneva

“Drug’s fair price. From bilateral trade negotiations to the “drug single market” [1969-1993]”

Session f: Engineers and the Rule of Standards

Room F

Chair: JoAnne Yates, MIT

Discussant: JoAnne Yates, MIT

Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia

“Private Standards, Public Power: Paul Gough Agnew and the Corporate Capture of Standards Setting”

Sveinn Johannesson, University of Iceland

“Making Pretty Pictures: Technopolitics in the Early United States”

Liat Spiro, College of the Holy Cross

“Engineering Standards: Infrastructures of Development and Debt in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries”

Session g: Industry Dynamics

Room G

Chair: Michael Aldous, Queen’s University Belfast

Discussant: The Audience

Leslie Hannah, London School of Economics

“Reinventing UK and US Manufacturing for a Larger Scale and More High-Tech Future; What Do Their 1880/81 Censuses Show about Their Relative Progress Up to Then?”

Rolv Petter Amdam, BI Norwegian Business School, and Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York, and Trudi

Henrydotter Eikrem, Volda University College, and Maria Eugénia Mata, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

“The Impact of Deglobalization and Trade Wars on Industry Dynamics: Norwegian Cod Fish and Portuguese Port Wine in a

Bilateral Context, 1920-1940″

Takafumi Kurosawa, Kyoto University

“Industry Dynamics of Pulp and Paper Industry: A Global Long-Term Overview from the “Industry Heterogeneity” Perspective”

Session h: Silver Screen

Room H

Chair: William Childs, Ohio State University

Discussant: The Audience

Samuel Backer, Johns Hopkins University

“Far from Hollywood: Regional Managers in the Transition from Vaudeville to Film “

Anna Hajdik, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

“Herb Jeffries, the Reinvention of Racial Identity, and the Business of Black Movie Westerns in 1930s America”

Landon Palmer, University of Alabama

“When Motown Went West: A History of Motown Productions”


“Discovering Traces of Istanbul’s Economic History In 1960-1980 Turkish Cinema”

Krooss Dissertation Prize Plenary Session, 10:00am – 11:30am

Room A

Lunch (and Business Historians in Business School Lunch), 11:30am 1:00pm

Other 1 TBC

Concurrent Sessions 2, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Session a: Spatializing Business

Room A

Chair: Morten Tinning, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: The Audience

Keith Hollingsworth, Morehouse College, and Ihsan Beezer, Rutgers University

“Measuring the Impact of Atlanta’s 1906 Race Riot: Using Mapping to Trace Increased Segregation “

Shuang Frost, Aarhus University, and Adam Frost, Copenhagen Business School

“Spatial Entrepreneurship: Transforming Urban Space and Economic Inclusion in China”

Valeria Giacomin, Bocconi University, and Matteo Calabrese, University of Luxemburg

“The rise of the mutual fund global city network in the post war period (1945-1989)”

Session b: Murky Business

Room B

Chair: Laura Phillips Sawyer, University of Georgia

Discussant: Vicki Howard, University of Essex

Simon Ville, University of Wollongong, Harvard University

“Reinventing traditional markets in the first era of globalisation: the international barter trade in natural history specimens,


Marcus Böick, University of Bochum

“”A Business with Fear”? Private Security Companies and their Never-ending Struggle for State Recognition and Public

Acceptance in the US and Europe during the 20th Century”

Jan Logemann, University of Göttingen

““Funeral Trusts” and Pietät: Transatlantic Differences in Establishing Respectability in Funeral Markets since the late 19th


Session c: Reinterpreting US-China Trade Relations

Room C

Chair: David Sicilia, University of Maryland

Discussant: David Sicilia, University of Maryland

Dan Du, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“From Canton to the Coast: Reinventing the China-U.S. Tea Trade after the Opium War”

Peter Thilly, University of Missippi

“The Business of Rebellion: Citizenship, Migration, and Profits during the 1853 Small Sword Uprising”

Dael Norwood, University of Delaware

“Reinventing the China Merchant as an American Businessman”

Session d: Business and the Environment

Room D

Chair: Marc Levinson, Independent Scholar

Discussant: Marc Levinson, Independent Scholar

Louise Karlskov Skyggebjerg, Centre for Business History, Copenhagen Business School

“The Can War – Everyday Business History from the Perspective of the Aluminium Container”

Elisabeth Asher, University of Maryland – College Park

“Garbage Trucks in the Waste Regime: Software, Hardware, and Neoliberalism”

Sally Clarke, University of Texas at Austin (retired)

“”Nature in a Can: Chesapeake Bay Oysters and the American Can Company, 1900-1940″”

Session e: Protect America Again

Room E

Chair: Roger Horowitz, Hagley

Discussant: Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University

Ryan Haddad, University of Maryland

“National Security Protectionism: The Case of the U.S. Machine Tools Industry in the 1950s”

Michael Best, University of Massachusetts

“Reinvention of Capability-informed Macroeconomic Policymaking “

Nathanael Mickelson, University of Georgia

“Reinventing the Dollar: Southern Lawyers and the Origins of the U.S. Gold Reserve Act of 1934”

Session f: Do We Have a Deal? Cooperation and Cartelization

Room F

Chair: Susanna Fellman, University of Gotenburg

Discussant: The Audience

Ingeborg Guldal, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Espen Storli, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

“«Now is the time»: Zambia, Chile and the dream of creating a better world through the means of international copper cooperation, 1967-1974”

Zi Yang, Aston University, Birmingham UK

“The Running Battle between Transparency and Inequality in the UK Financial Market, and What Can We Learn from the US

History and Modern Technology. “

Malin Dahlström, University of Gothenburg

“The Swedish Building Standards – result of cartelization or basis for cartels? “

Mols Sauter, University of Maryland

“Every Rotten Idea Since Adam: Tracing the Debates on Modern Portfolio Theory and the ERISA Prudence Clarification 1974-1979”

Session g: You’ve Got Chemistry

Room G

Chair: Pamela Laird, University of Colorado Denver

Discussant: Teresa da Silva Lopes, York University

Jack Moss, University of Nottingham

“Reinventing Tradition; Boots the Chemists’ Experiments with Self-Service in Early Postwar Britain”

James Nealy, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

““The Shchekino Method: Flexible Production with Socialist Characteristics in the Soviet Union””

Cody Patton, Ohio State University

“Mites, Mildew, and Anheuser-Busch: How Pests, Big Beer, and Hops Shaped the Craft Brewing Industry”

Session h: Creating Spectacle

Room H

Chair: Andrew Nelson, University of Oregon

Discussant: The Audience

Jeff Fear, University of Glasgow, and Cristina Stanca-Mustea, FOM Hochschule Berline

“”Anything You Tackle is Bound to Go Wrong:” A Paul Kohner Production 1920-1941″

Shawna Kidman, UC San Diego

“Writing the History of Hollywood Using Contemporary Hollywood’s Biggest Databases”

Devon Powers, University of Michigan

“Communication as Promotion: The Business Roots of Communication Research”

Gerald Ronning, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

“From Guitar Shop to Big Box and Resistance to Reinvention”

Concurrent Sessions 3, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Session a: New Recipes in Business History

Room A

Chair: Jennifer Black, Misericordia University

Discussant: The Audience

Xaq Frohlich, Auburn University

“What is the Mediterranean Diet?: Reinventing a Traditional Diet as a Global Health Brand”

Roger Horowitz, Hagley Library/University of Delaware

“Jewish Cuisine and Poultry Markets: From Eastern Europe to America, 1880-1935”

Barkha Kagliwal, Cornell University

“To Eat Maggi or Not to Eat Maggi: How an MNC Branded Itself out of a Controversy”

Julia Sarreal, Arizona State University

“Rebranding Yerba Mate from a Symbol of National Identity in South America to a Hipster Energy Drink in the United States and Germany”

Session b: The Process of Reinvention

Room B

Chair: Xavier Duran , Universitat de Los Andes Bogota

Discussant: The Audience

Salem Elzway, University of Michigan

“Reinventing Automation: The Past, Present, and Future of a Concept”

Anna Spadavecchia, University of Strathclyde

“The International Market for Inventions: the UK and the USA in the Interwar Period”

Natalya Vinokurova, University of Pennsylvania

“Kodak’s Surprisingly Long Journey Towards Strategic Renewal: A Half Century of Exploring Digital Transformation in the

Face of Uncertainty and Inertia”

Marc Levinson, Independent Scholar

“What’s a Grocery Store? Kroger, Albertsons, and Competion in a Reinvented Industry”

Session c: Borderland Business

Room C

Chair: John Wong, University of Hong Kong

Discussant: The Audience

Sungshin Cho, Kyoto University

“Reorganization of interfirm networks under globalization: Establishment of an international division of labor in the Japanese shipping industry”

Hekang Yang, Columbia University

“Investing in the Manchurian Frontier: The American Business Community, 1895-1916”

Jian Gao, University of Texas at Austin

“Chinese Businesses in Mexico: Transnational Networks and Survival Strategies, 1899-1947”

Alvaro Silva, Nova School of Business and Economics

“The African Connection: Business and Power in a Period of Crises (1890-1940)”

Session d: Green Giants

Room D

Chair: Nicolette Bruner, Northwestern University

Discussant: The Audience

Gavin Benke, Boston University

““We are all prisoners of our perceptions” – The Institute for the Future and Monsanto Contemplate Environmentalism in the


Andrew Busch, Coastal Carolina University

“New Towns of Technology: Energy, Economic Diversification, and Metropolitan Growth in 1980s Houston”

Bartow J. Elmore, Ohio State University

“What Happens When the Business You Write About Comes to Your Home”

Maki Umemura, Cardiff University

“Reinventing technological expectations and the building of the hydrogen energy business “

Session e: Antimonopoly in the Long Twentieth Century

Room E

Chair: Laura Phillips Sawyer, The University of Georgia

Discussant: Laura Phillips Sawyer, The University of Georgia

Ashton Merck, NC State University

“Hope in Trusts: National Broiler Marketing Association v. United States and the Limits of Countervailing Power”

Victoria Woeste, Indiana University Law School

“The Capper-Volstead Act at 100: Farmers, Monopolies, and Corporate Power in America, 1922-2022”

Shaun Yajima, University of Tokyo

“Fuel, Fear, and Fault: Mass Media and Monopoly Blaming during the German Coal Crisis in 1900”

Richard John, Columbia University

“Frances Willard, Anti-Monopoly, and the Liquor Machine in Victorian America”

Session f: Laboring over Standards

Room F

Chair: Rolv Petter Amdam, Norwegian Business School

Discussant: The Audience

Catharina Haensel, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen and Scuola Normale Superiore

“„A basis for labour-management co-operation”? The ILO Productivity Mission in Ahmedabad, 1954-58”

Andrea Lluch, CONICET, Argentina & at the School of Management, University of Los Andes – Colombia

“ILO and the productivity and management development missions: the experience of the Productivity Center of Argentina (1958-1967)”

Adoracion Alvaro-Moya, CUNEF, Madrid

“International Cooperation in Management Training. ILO and the Turkish Management Development Centre, 1968-1974” Bianca Centrone, Princeton University

“Scientific Management and Social Peace: the International Labour Organization and the Dissemination of Taylorism in the Interwar Years “

Session g: Care for Cash

Room G

Chair: Christy Chapin, University of Maryland Baltimore

Discussant: Christy Chapin, University of Maryland Baltimore

Martha Gardner, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

“”Like a Cigarette Should”: RJ Reynolds’ Pivot from Camel to Winston during the Emerging Health Scare, 1950-1964 “

Thomas Buckley, University of Sussex, and Chay Brooks, University of Sheffield

“The Wellcome Trust and the Rise of the Business of Giving in the UK “

John Rudnik, University of Michigan

“Old is New Again: the ‘Longevity Economy’ and the Reinvention of Home Care”

Session h: Divine Business

Room H

Chair: Sharon Murphy, Providence College

Discussant: Sharon Murphy, Providence College

Nicole Kirk, Meadville Lombard Theological School

“Holy Spectacles: Marketing the American Circus to Christians”

James Dupey, Arizona State University

“You Get What You Pay For: Building a Consumerist Christianity in Early America”

Joseph Slaughter, Wesleyan University

“God & Guns: Making Colt Christian”

Conversations, 5:00pm – 6:15pm

Session a: Is Capitalism a Useful Category of Analysis?

Room A

Chair: Walter Licht, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: The Audience

Walter Licht, University of Pennsylvania

Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia

Caitlin Rosenthal, UC Berkeley

Edward Balleisen, Duke University

Session b: Legal History as Business History (and Business History as Legal History) Room B

Chair: Joanna Grisinger, Northwestern University

Discussant: The Audience

Joanna Grisinger, Northwestern University

Justin Simard, Michigan State University College of Law

Evelyn Atkinson, University of Chicago

Geneva Smith, Princeton University

Session c: Entrepreneuring Society

Room C

Chair: Robert Eberhart,

Discussant: The Audience

David Kirsch, University of Maryland

Andrew Nelson, University of Oregon

Naomi Lamoreaux, University of Michigan

Jerry Davis, University of Michigan

Robert Eberhart, University of California

Session d: Global Capitalisms and Commodities: Directions for Future Research

Room D

Chair: Donica Belisle, University of Regina

Discussant: The Audience

Kashia Arnold, UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, & Democracy

Laurent Beduneau-Wang, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Rob Konkel, Yale University

M. Stephen Salmon, Canadian Business History Association

Siddharth Sridhar, University of Toronto

Session e: The Great Inflation

Room E

Chair: Susie Pak, St. John’s University

Discussant: Sean Vanatta, University of Glasgow

Christy Chapin, University of Maryland Baltimore County

“The “Great Inflation,” Disintermediation, and the Culture of Banking”

David Sicilia, University of Maryland College Park

“Volcker’s Three-Front Battle: Political, Public, Personal”

Peter Conti-Brown, The Wharton School

“The Politics of the “Volcker Shock””

Session f: Careers Beyond the Academy for Historians

Room F

Chair: Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University

Discussant: The Audience

Paula de la Cruz-Fernández, University of Florida

Presidential Reception, 6:15pm – 8:00pm

Other 1 TBC

Sponsored by Copenhagen Business School

Emerging Scholar Reception, 9:30pm – 11:30pm

Other 1 TBC

Saturday, March 18th

Concurrent Sessions 4, 8:00am – 9:30am

Session a: Selling Sensation

Room A

Chair: Arwen Mohun, University of Delaware

Discussant: Arwen Mohun, University of Delaware

Ai Hisano, University of Tokyo

““Don’t Streamline Mother While I’m Gone”: Industrial Aesthetics in the Post-War United States”

Sven Kube, Florida International University

“Phase Shift: Synthetic Sounds and the Cold War’s Musical Divide”

Rachel Gross, University of Colorado Denver

““Copper Men Do Not Get Cold Toes”: The Science and Selling of Comfort”

Robert Gordon-Fogelson, Rochester Institute of Technology

“Multisensory Marketing: The Look and Feel of Building Consumer Confidence”

Session b: Merchants on the Move

Room B

Chair: Louise Karlskov Skyggebjerg, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: The Audience

Abhijit Roy, University of Scranton

“The Tata Group as the Pioneer of the Values of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)”

Atiba Pertilla, German Historical Institute

“Staking Financial Citizenship: Immigrants and Retail Banking in the United States, 1910s–1930s”

Joseph Sassoon, Georgetown University

“The Global Merchants of the 19th Century: A Case Study “

Alastair Su , Westmont College

“The “Richest Chinaman in America:” Loo Chew Fan and the Making of Hop Kee and Company, 1852-1908”

Session c: Profiteers Go Global

Room C

Chair: Christopher McKenna, Oxford University

Discussant: Christopher McKenna, Oxford University

Damian Clavel, University of Zurich

“The Dinner : (Re)inventing Colombia in the City of London”

Yi Liu, Ruhr University of Bochum

“The Resumption of Sino-West German Financial Relations in the Post-War Period “

Benoit Majerus, University of Luxembourg

“From Local Notables to Global Players: Law Companies in a Tax Haven (1960s to 2020s)”

David Shorten, Harvard Business School

“International Financiers and the Reinvention of U.S. Neutrality in the circum-Caribbean, 1900-1914”

Session d: Responsibility and Irresponsibility in Global Business

Room D

Chair: Bartow J. Elmore, Ohio State University

Discussant: Sabine Pitteloud, University of Geneva

Valeria Giacomin, Bocconi University

“Environmentalism and Sustainability in the Southeast Asian Plantation Industry (1930s-2000s)”

Ann-Kristin Bergquist, Umeå University

“Business, Institutions and Climate Change “

Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School

“Deeply Responsible Business Leaders in History”

Session e: Property Wrongs

Room E

Chair: Anna Spadavecchia, University of Strathclyde

Discussant: The Audience

Brittany Farr, New York University School of Law, and Felipe Cole, Boston College Law School

“Public and Private Bonds: Debt and Slavery in the Antebellum South “

Andrea Lluch, University of Los Andes and CONICET, and Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York

““Economic Development in South America, 1870s-1914s: Does the Lens of Trademark Registrations Provide any New Insights?” “

Pål Thonstad Sandvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

“This land is my land: A Global and Comparative History of Regulation of Agricultural Land c. 1789-1913”

Amy Sopcak-Joseph, Wilkes University

“Creating Content worth Circulating: Magazine Publishers, Intellectual Property, and Profit in the mid-Nineteenth Century”

Session f: Horse Power

Room F

Chair: Albert Churella, Kennesaw State

Discussant: The Audience

KYUHYUN BAICK, Kyoto University

“Learning from the First National Expressway Megaproject: Project Execution Capabilities and the Construction Firms in


Matthew Lowenstein, Hoover Institution

“The Decline and Fall of the Horse”

Mingke Ma, University of Oxford

“Arsenal, Cotton Mill, and Railways: Modern Industrial Enterprises and The Regional State in Warlord Northeast China,


AYA TANAKA, Shiga University

“The Formation of the U.S. Railroad Companies’ Network in the 1850s”

Session g: Hired Guns

Room G

Chair: Stephen Adams, Salisbury University

Discussant: Stephen Adams, Salisbury University

Mark Wilson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

“Strategy and Structure for a Neoliberal Era: The Rise of SAIC, 1969-2001”

Lauren Pearlman, University of Florida

““If You Want a Dirty Job Done, Call Wackenhut””

Session h: History for Sale

Room H

Chair: Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Discussant: The Audience

Mads Mordhorst, Copenhagen Business School

“History as business – genealogy from hobby to multibillion businesses “

Camilla Ferri, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

“Politics of time around a legacy: the case of Caffè Pedrocchi”

Emily Buchnea, Northumbria University, and Andrew Smith, University of Liverpool

“A Family Firm Narrates Its History in War and Peace: Jardine Matheson And Its Histories “

Concurrent Sessions 5, 10:00am – 11:30am

Session a: Gender, Business and Ethics

Room A

Chair: Susan Ingalls Lewis, SUNY New Paltz

Discussant: Susan Ingalls Lewis, SUNY New Paltz

Trish Kahle, Georgetown University Qatar

“Selling Conservation: The Transformation of Electricity Promotion in a Decade of Energy Crisis”

Ira Anjali Anwar, University of Michigan

“Seeing Like a Gig Company”

Christopher McKenna, University of Oxford

“#MeToo: Reimagining the History of Sexual Harassment in Business History”

Session b: The Politics of Entrepreneurship

Room B

Chair: Keith Hollingsworth, Morehouse College

Discussant: The Audience

Marlene Gaynair, Washington State University

““Meet Me at Eglinton and Oakwood!”: Re/Invention of a West Indian Small Business Class in Toronto during the Mid-

Twentieth Century”

Jeremy Goodwin, Cornell University

“From Economic Literacy to Entrepreneurial Literacy: The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Business

Conservatism in the United States, 1987-1999″

Neil Johnson, University of California, Santa Barbara

“The National Alliance of Business, Job Training, and the Limits of Social Entrepreneurship in the 1960s and 1970s” Robert Kaminski, Drew University

“Unmaking a New Deal: Resistance to the NRA and the Origins of Small-Business Economic Conservatism”

Session c: Pandemic Preparedness

Room C

Chair: Alfred Reckendrees, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: The Audience

Matt Hopkins, SOAS University of London

““Respironics: The Growth of an Innovative Enterprise (until Financialized Philips Got Hold of It)””

Oner Tulum, Academic-Industry Research Network

“Money for Science or Science for Money? BioNTech and Moderna in the Development of the mRNA Covid-19 Vaccines”

Session d: Regulating Finance

Room D

Chair: Adoracion Alvaro-Moya, CUNEF Universidad Madrid

Discussant: Robert Yee, Princeton University

Rafael Pardo, Washington University in St. Louis

“Reinventing the Bankruptcy Power”

Sean Vanatta, University of Glasgow

“Reinventing Bank Supervision during the New Deal, 1933-1938” simone selva, University of Naples L’Orientale

“Financial Deregulation, Monetary Tightening, Transnational Capital Flows: the United States and the Origins of Neoliberal Financial Policies”

Session e: Transactional and Commercial Law

Room E

Chair: Caitlin Rosenthal, University of California, Berkeley

Discussant: Caitlin Rosenthal, University of California, Berkeley

Gabriel Rauterberg, University of Michigan Law School

“The Rise of Form Contract: Standard Form Contracting in the First Corporations”

Justin Simard, Michigan State University

“Routine Debt Collection and the Making of the Early American Legal Profession”

Sarah Winsberg, Brooklyn Law School

“Hiring the Enslaved: Custom, Bailment, and Slavery’s Commercial Law”

Session f: Visions of Good Society

Room F

Chair: Jessica Levy, Purchase College

Discussant: Jessica Levy, Purchase College

Christoph Viebig, Copenhagen Business School, and Stephen Cummings, Victoria University of Wellington, and

Christina Lubinski, Copenhagen Business School

“Forgotten Foundations: Alternative Visions of the Good of Management and Enterprise at the Cusp of Management Science


Youssef Cassis, EUI

“Remembering and Forgetting Financial Crises”

Stefano Tijerina, University of Maine

“Removing Blinders Through Business History: Teaching Students to See the World from the Lens of their Economic Bloc “

Session g: The Business with Cars and Trucks

Room G

Chair: Anders Sørensen, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: Sally Clarke, University of Texas at Austin (retired)

Glenn Bugos, Moment LLC

“Reinventing the NUMMI Fremont plant for small trucks, 1992”

Dan Smith, Wayne State University

“The International Political Economy of the United Auto Workers”

Tao Chen, Tongji University

“The Initial Stage of Chinese-German Negotiations to Build Volkswagen’s Shanghai Factory “

Session h: Accounting for Accounting

Room H

Chair: Rudi Batzell, Lake Forest College

Discussant: Graeme Acheson, University of Strathclyde

Hadar Hoter-ishay, University of Vienna

“Sovereign Debt and Foreign Trade through the Mexican ‘Era of Chaos,’ 1827-1861”

Vera Linke, Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg

“Irritating Accounts of Insurable Lives: How Calculative Devices Reinvented Organizational Practices”

Boyao Zhang, University of Toronto

“The Mystique of Expert Numeracy: Reinvented Traditions, Untranslatable Science, and the Professionalization of Chinese


Lunch (and Women in Business History Lunch), 11:30am – 1:00pm

Other 1 TBC

Concurrent Sessions 6, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Session a: Business History in the Longue Durée

Room A

Chair: Hannah Knox Tucker, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: Hannah Knox Tucker, Copenhagen Business School

Myriam Greilsammer, Bar Ilan University



Gregory Hargreaves, Hagley Museum & Library

“Edge Effect Capitalism: The North American Fall Line in the Longue Durée”

Tristan Sharp, University of Chicago

“The Late Medieval Feud as Entrepreneurial Endeavor “

Session b: Women’s Economic Revitalization in Early America

Room B

Chair: Alexandra Garrett, Saint Michael’s College

Discussant: Amanda Gibson, Kenyon College

Ashley Gilbert, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

“Women Tavernkeepers in the Revolutionary South “

C.C. Borzilleri, George Washington University “Women Printers in the Early American Republic”

Session c: Reinventing the World

Room C

Chair: Sabine Pitteloud, University of Geneva

Discussant: The Audience

Robert Yee, Princeton University

“Between Europe and Empire: Sir Henry Strakosch, Expertise, and Reconstruction, 1914–1926”

Pierre Eichenberger, University of Lausanne

“(Re)inventing Business Internationalism: The Foundation of the International Chamber of Commerce in 1920”

Madeleine Dungy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

“Shifting Relations between Trade Law and Business Practice in the League of Nations”

Session d: Financial Innovation

Room D

Chair: Mark H. Rose, Florida Atlantic University

Discussant: The Audience

Nick Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara

“”An Additional Public Assistant:” The Oil Shocks, Commercial Banking, and the Empowerment of the International Monetary

Fund in the 1970s”

Graeme Acheson, University of Strathclyde

“Business Form in a British Industrial City: The case of Glasgow 1861-1901 “

Aleksandra Komornicka, University of Amsterdam, and Alexis Drach, Université Paris 8

“Reinventing Financial and Monetary Europe after the 1970s Crises: the European Currency Unit Private Market and

European Integration”

Pete Johnson, The University of Texas at Austin

“The “White Knights” of Showbiz: Junk Bonds & Leveraged Buyouts in 1980s Television”

Session e: Power Moves

Room E

Chair: Mary Yeager, UCLA

Discussant: Benjamin Waterhouse, University of North Carolina

Grace Ballor, Bocconi University

“European Commerce Against European Policy: Retail Associations and the Social Dimensions of the Single Market Program” Susanna Fellman, Gothenburg University

“In Search for Power: Analyzing Business Groups’ Interest Formulation, Political Activity, and Influence” Neil Rollings, University of Glasgow

“Routes to Political Influence: Business and the UK Government from the Second World War to the 1980s”

Session f: Postwar European Capitalism

Room F

Chair: Andrea Lluch, University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Discussant: Andrea Lluch, University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Philip Scranton, Rutgers University, NJ, USA. Email :

““Reinventing Hungary’s Socialist Enterprises: Two Kádár-era Reconstructions” “

Patrick Fridenson, EHESS, Paris. Email:

““Nationalization as a prelude to reinvention: the Renault experience, 1944-1975,” “

Knut Sogner, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo. Email:

““A disruptive strategic metal: Norway’s aluminum industry meets World War II” “

Session g: Capitalism Computerized

Room G

Chair: Kendra Boyd, Rutgers University-Camden

Discussant: Matthew Lowenstein, Hoover Institution

Ella Coon, Columbia University, History

“Control Data: American Power and the Global Assembly Line, 1971-82”

Alain Michel, Evry Paris Saclay University

“Reinventing Detroit Motor Town in 1968 & rethinking historically today an unexpected case”

Dag K. Andreassen, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

“Making business of business machines, Norwegian entrepreneurs and IBM in the late 1920s”

Session h: New and Improved! Advertising and Business

Room H

Chair: Thomas Buckley, University of Sussex

Discussant: Michael Stamm, Michigan State University

Susmita Das, Independent Scholar

“Advertising for Progress: Indian Advertising Industry Responds to Taxation Policy, 1965-66”

Cynthia Meyers, College of Mount Saint Vincent

“Television and Reinvention in American Advertising Agencies, 1950s-60s”

Stephanie Vincent, Kent State University

“From “Ceramic Arts of Destruction” to “Sunny Postwar Breakfasts”: The Reinvention of British and American Pottery

Advertising During WWII”

Concurrent Sessions 7, 2:45pm – 4:15pm

Session a: Visualizing Business History

Room A

Chair: Caitlin Rosenthal, UC Berkeley

Discussant: Dan Bouk, Colgate University

Hannah Pivo, Columbia University

“Charting the Market: Statistical Graphics, Graphic Design, and Business in the 20th-Century United States”

Paula Vedoveli, Fundação Getulio Vargas

“Plainly Visible: The Making of Visual Economic Data in Buenos Aires and São Paulo, 1900-1930”

Heather Welland, SUNY Binghamton

“Histories of Habit: British Life Insurance and the Imagined Future, ca.1870-1930”

Session b: New Approaches to Women’s Business History

Room B

Chair: Paula de la Cruz-Fernández, Independent Scholar

Discussant: Andrew Popp, Copenhagen Business School

Susan Ingalls Lewis, State University of New York at New Paltz

“Hiding in Plain Sight: Female Microentrepreneurs in Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend”

Kari Zimmerman, University of St. Thomas

“Strategic Entrepreneurship: Businesswomen and Brazilian Economic Development, 1870-1910”

Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal, Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Perú), and Laura Milanes-Reyes, Independent Scholar

“Peruvian women from ‘traditional and feminine’ to ‘independent agents’: the changing media construction of their pursuits. “

Session c: The Empire Frauds Back

Room C

Chair: Edward Balleisen, Duke University

Discussant: Edward Balleisen, Duke University

Anders Sørensen, Copenhagen Business School

“Swindling From Copenhagen To Canton – Merchants’ Ethics and Colossal Fraud In 18th Century Danish Asiatic Company” Kevin Douglas, Michigan State University

“Finding Empirical Measures of Market Confidence using Goodwin v. Agassiz”

Session d: Reinventing Financial Standards

Room D

Chair: Marc Flandreau, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: Marc Flandreau, University of Pennsylvania

John Handel, University of Virginia

“Unstandardized Settlement: Market Structure and the Limits to Arbitrage in the First Age of Financial Globalization”

Charlotte Robertson, Harvard Business School

“From Repression to Regulation: French Police as Securities Market Authorities, 1850-1885”

Christoph Nitschke, University of Stuttgart

“Investment standards in an imperial world: the case of the United States during Reconstruction”

Session e: Fair Game

Room E

Chair: Xavier Duran , Universidad de Los Andes Bogota

Discussant: Xavier Duran , Universidad de Los Andes Bogota

Keith Harris, Kenyon College

“Reinventing Protectionism: Regional Identity and International Trade in Early American Tariff Politics”

Ajibade-Samuel Idowu, Department of History, University of Ibadan

“Gold Production in Nigeria since 1913: A Study of Reinvention”

Elin Åström Rudberg, Stockholm University, Dept. of economic history and international relations

“The concept of fair competition in business history “

Session f: No Country for Oil Men

Room F

Chair: Espen Storli, NTNU

Discussant: Pål Thonstad Sandvik, NTNU

Neil Forbes, Coventry University

“Attempting to Reconcile the Irreconcilable? The Expansion of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company’s International Business and

UK Public Policy after the First World War”

Sara Matala, Chalmers University of Technology

” Negotiating new rules for a new market in a new country: Emergence of the oil business in Finland before IIWW” Paul Chastko, University of Calgary

““Becoming Imperial: Canada’s Downstream Industry and Standard Oil, 1890-1939””

Session g: Recharting Chinese Business

Room G

Chair: Shuang Frost, Aarhus University

Discussant: Brett Sheehan, University of Southern California

Ghassan Moazzin, University of Hong Kong

“Calling Beijing, Calling Nanjing: The State, Business and the Early History of China’s Long-Distance Telephone Network, 1900-1937”

Peter Hamilton, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

“Translating Solutions: Transnational Networks and Circulations of Management Knowledge in Republican China” Zhaojin Zeng, Duke Kunshan University

““Little Taipei on the Mainland”: Self-Made Kinship Capitalism and the Rise of China’s Wealthiest County, 1978-2000”

Session h: Media and Materiality

Room H

Chair: Richard Popp, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Discussant: David Suisman, University of Delaware

Marina Moskowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Broadcasting Seeds on the American Landscape”

Josh Lauer, University of New Hampshire

“When Telephone Operators were Accountants”

Richard Popp, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

“Mediating Real Estate in Midtown Manhattan”

Concurrent Sessions 8, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Session a: Entangled, People and Words

Room A

Chair: Elisabeth Asher, University of Maryland – College Park

Discussant: Hugo Gaggiotti, UWE Bristol

Michael Aldous, Queen’s University Belfast

“Amateurs to Fat Cats? British CEOs in the 20th Century”

Jennifer Black, Misericordia University , and Jeff Stephens, Misericordia University

“Reinventing Discourse Analysis with Big Data: Business Jargon in the 19th Century “

Emily Buchnea, Northumbria University

“The life of a network: a story of birth, death and reinvention in long-run historical social network analysis “

Session b: Professions and Careers

Room B

Chair: Peter Hamilton, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Discussant: Sudev Sheth, University of Pennsylvania

Rudi Batzell, Lake Forest College

“Business Bureaucracies and the Rivalry of Accountants and Engineers in American and British Corporate Capitalism,


Karen Mahar, Siena College

““A New Race of Businessmen”: Scientific Racism, Eugenical Assumptions, and Executive Potential, 1910-1925” Eli Cook, Haifa University

“The Whip and the Mirror: Walter Dill Scott and the Rating of the Modern Self”

Session c: Business in Arms

Room C

Chair: Mark Wilson, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Discussant: Mark Wilson, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Richard Sicotte, University of Vermont

“Fertilizer for Victory: Negotiating the Chilean-U.S. Nitrate Trade during World War II”

Tsz Ho Wong, University of Edinburgh

“The Capital Networks of the Wartime Japanese Empire’s Non-Ferrous Metal Industry “

Lisa Jacobson, University of California, Santa Barbara

“War and the Limits of Reinvention: Consumers, Soldiers, and the Effort to Remake Alcohol’s Public Image”

Session d: Clusters, Agglomerations and Districts

Room E

Chair: Valeria Giacomin, Bocconi University

Discussant: Philip Scranton, Rutgers University

Xavier Duran , Universidad de los Andes

“Automobile assembly product life cycle and agglomeration”

John Wilson, Northumbria University, and Chris Corker, University of York, and Joe Lane, University of Reading

“Industrial Clusters, the Unit of Analysis and Economic Behaviour: New Business History Perspectives”

Thomas Irmer, Berlin School of Law and economics

“Schoeneweide- Reinventing Berlin’s industrial heartland”

Session e: Deindustrializing History

Room F

Chair: Benjamin Waterhouse, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Discussant: Walter Licht, University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Rowe, University of Oxford

“Galvanizing Moment: The Post-Industrial Transformation of the US Steel Industry”

Melanie Sheehan, Harvard Business School

“Retooling: The Big Three US Auto Firms in the 1980s”

Lee Vinsel, Virginia Tech

“From “Industrial Policy” to “New Economy”: Changing Conceptions of Industry, Technology, and Globalization Amongst

Democratic Party Policy Intellectuals, 1980-1995″

Session f: Stakeholders and Governance

Room G

Chair: Alfred Reckendrees, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: Alfred Reckendrees, Copenhagen Business School

Julio Cesar Zuluaga, Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan , and Pilar Acosta, École Polytechnique, Paris, France.

“Rethinking the role of businesses in the provision of public goods in Latin America: a historical perspective”

Brian Sarginger, University of Maryland

““To Change What We See Fit: The Gilbert Brothers’ Transition from Gadflies to Activists””

Jean-Philip Mathieu, McGill University

““Drunk, Sick or Lazy”: A Case-Study of Workers’ Control and Managerial Revolution in Early Twentieth Century Canada” CASEY EILBERT, Princeton University

“Decentralizing for Democracy in the Postwar Corporation”

Session g: The Morality of Markets

Room H

Chair: Christoph Viebig, Copenhagen Business School

Discussant: Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School

Volodymyr Kulikov, The University of Texas at Austin

““Standing on the Right side of History” – Multinational Corporations and the Russia-Ukraine War”

Richard Langlois, University of Connecticut

““An Elephants’ Graveyard”: the Deregulation of American Industry in the Late Twentieth Century” Chelsea Lei, Boston College

“How Institutions Become Entrepreneurial: The Emergence and Evolution of Cultural Toolkits for Reinventing Government in the United States (1980s-2020s)”

Book Auction, 6:00pm – 6:20pm

Other 1 TBC

Presidential Address, 6:30pm – 7:15pm

Other 2 TBC

Reception, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Other 2 TBC

Reception & Banquet, 8:15pm – 10:00pm

Other 2 TBC

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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