New article on MOH

History Research in Management and Organization Studies

Editors’ Picks: History Research in Management and Organization Studies

Edited by Gabrielle Durepos and Albert J Mills


This Editors’ Picks provides an occasion to celebrate the momentum that doing history research in management and organization studies (MOS) has gained since the calls for more history in the early 1990s (Zald, 1993, 1996; Kieser, 1994; Üsdiken and Kieser, 2004). Organization is an especially appropriate venue to do so given the dedication of the journal to disseminating critically oriented scholarship. The initial calls for more history work in MOS suggested, in varying ways (empirical, epistemological) and degrees, that doing history could act as a vehicle for critique. Indeed the articles selected for this Editors’ Picks are not only evidence of the growing momentum for more history in MOS but each in its own vein engenders history as a vehicle for critique. The theme is exemplified well by Cooke (1999) who provides a critical reconstruction of the Management of Change literature with a focus on redressing the silences surrounding the role of the ideological left in the disciplines’ own accounts of its past. In his assertion that all management and organization theory is shaped by past processes and are nonetheless viewed through a political lens formed by contemporary concerns, Cooke calls for greater awareness in the historical construction of representations of management and organization theory. Though Cooke (1999) does not use the terms ‘critical history,’ his article teaches us that a ‘critical history’ (as envisioned today) might imply acknowledging the historicity of management theory as a precondition for taking responsibility to change its (self- )representations that are uncontested, naturalized and un-reflexive.

To read the full introduction, please click here.

TOC BH July 2017 issue (59,1)

Original Articles

Managing political imperatives in war time: strategic responses of Philips in Australia, 1939–1945
Pierre van der Eng
Pages: 645-666 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1259311

The genesis of the electricity supply industry in Britain: A case study of NESCo from 1889 to 1914
Tom McGovern & Tom McLean
Pages: 667-689 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1261827

‘A fraud, a drunkard, and a worthless scamp’: estate agents, regulation, and Realtors in the interwar period
Mark Latham
Pages: 690-709 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1261828

Bring in the brewers: business entry in the Swedish brewing industry from 1830 to 2012
Marcus Box
Pages: 710-743 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1269751

Pioneering strategies in the digital world. Insights from the Axel Springer case
Gianvito Lanzolla & Alessandro Giudici
Pages: 744-777 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1269752

The making of the modern retail market: economic theory, business interests and economic policy in the passage of the 1964 Resale Prices Act
Helen Mercer
Pages: 778-801 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1270267

The decline in the British bank population since 1810 obeys a law of negative compound interest
J. J. Bissell
Pages: 802-813 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1301430

Banks, births, and tipping points in the historical demography of British banking: A response to J.J. Bissell
Philip Garnett, Simon Mollan & R. Alexander Bentley
Pages: 814-820 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1301429

BH ToC 59.4

The new issue of Business History (June 2017) is now available:

Business History

Original Articles

Keynes, Trouton and the Hector Whaling Company. A personal and professional relationship
Bjørn L. Basberg
Pages: 471-496 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1214129


Strategic transformations in large Irish-owned businesses
Colm O’Gorman & Declan Curran
Pages: 497-524 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1220938


Rehabilitating the intermediary: brokers and auctioneers in the nineteenth-century Anglo-Indian trade
Michael Aldous
Pages: 525-553 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1220939


The obsolescing bargain model and oil: the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company 1933–1951
Neveen Abdelrehim & Steven Toms
Pages: 554-571 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1232397


United we stand, divided we fall: historical trajectory of strategic renewal activities at the Scandinavian Airlines System, 1946–2012
Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, Jan Ottosson & Hans Sjögren
Pages: 572-606 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1250743


Who financed the expansion of the equity market? Shareholder clienteles in Victorian Britain
Graeme G. Acheson, Gareth Campbell & John D. Turner
Pages: 607-637 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1250744
Book Review

Le crédit à la consommation en France, 1947-1965. De la stigmatisation à la réglementation
Hubert Bonin
Pages: 638-639 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1068515


Early Victorian railway excursions: ‘The million go forth’
Mark Learmonth
Pages: 639-640 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1253638


Du Capitalisme familiale au Capitalisme financier? Le Cas de l’Industrie Suisse des Machines, de l’Electrotechnique et de la Métallurgie au XXe Siècle
Margrit Müller
Pages: 641-642 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1269526


Handbook of cliometrics
Anna Missiaia
Pages: 642-643 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1272895

Resource on management history

I have just come across this new YouTube channel (thanks to Scott Taylor) about the History of Management.

New History of Management channel is a repository for videos that look at the history of management in new and interesting ways in order to encourage thinking differently about management and management education today. It is named after the book A New History of Management, written by Stephen Cummings, Todd Bridgman, John Hassard & Michael Rowlinson, which will be published by Cambridge University Press later in 2017.


Thinking Historically

A big thank you to our readers from the editorial team at OHN. Have a merry christmas and a happy new year. We leave you with an interesting and curious read, cross-posted from “War on the Rocks” – Enjoy!


NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is adapted from the 12th Annual Alvin H Bernstein Lecture at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, delivered by the author on November 10.

 On November 22nd, 2011, The New York Times published a short Errol Morris op-doc, “Umbrella Man,” to mark the 48thanniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. In the six and a half minute video, Morris employs his Interrotron camera to create his trademark intimacy while interviewing Josiah “Tink” Thompson, author of a book on the famous Zapruder film titled Six Seconds in Dallas. Backed by a haunting score arranged by minimalist composer Arvo Part and spliced with snippets of video from the fateful day, Thompson tells the mysterious story of a shadowy figure called the “umbrella man.”

Who was the umbrella man? During the Zapruder and other films and photographs from that fateful day in Dallas, an upright figure can be seen standing on the so-called grassy knoll, holding an open black umbrella, moments before the assassin’s bullets are fired into the president’s motorcade. The image is arresting: The weather in Dallas was sunny and warm.

The sight of a lone man under the umbrella would have been disconcerting even if Kennedy’s murder had not taken place right in front of the man seconds later. As Thompson says: “In all of Dallas, there appears to be exactly one person standing under an open black umbrella …. Can anyone come up with a non-sinister explanation for this?”

Writing in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” series in December 1967, writer John Updike suggested the mystery surrounding who the umbrella man was and what he was doing on the grassy knoll “dangles around history’s neck like a fetish.” None of the authorities — the Dallas police, the Secret Service, the FBI, or the Warren Commission — ever located or even identified him or could explain his baffling appearance…


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Funded PhD position

PhD position at the Department of Historical studies

1 PhD position within the project “European integration and the quest for access to external natural resources, 1945-2015.”

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim), Department of Historical Studies, offers a full-time 3-year PhD position within the project “European integration and the quest for access to external natural resources, 1945-2015. “, funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR). The PhD candidate will work with the project leader, Researcher Mats Ingulstad (NTNU). The department also hosts several other research projects which examine different aspects of the international political economy of natural resources. The PhD candidate will thus be a part of a research team of 12-14 historians.

The research project examines how European countries have worked through the EU and its predecessors to secure their supply of raw materials from external sources. It will examine how this influenced the integration process from 1945 until the present, and how the EU-members collectively have sought to shape the international environment in order facilitate access to these resources.

The proposed PhD project should illuminate longer trajectories in the historical relationship between the member states individually or collectively, the EU, and third countries, based on the exploitation of natural resources. Relevant topics are diplomacy, international trade, decolonization, development, technology, environmental and security policy. A description of the research project is available upon request from the project leader (

For further information, please follow this link:


Prize Essay Competition in the Philosophy of History


2016 Prize Essay Competition

The Royal Institute of Philosophy and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce the 2016 Philosophy Essay Prize. The winner of the Prize will receive £2,500 with his or her essay being published in Philosophy and identified as the essay prize winner.

The topic for the 2016 essay competition is:

Can there be a credible philosophy of history?

Many thinkers from classical times onward have seen history as having a predetermined direction. Some have seen it in terms of inevitable decline, others in terms of progress to a utopian future. The idea that history has a predetermined direction has been criticised by many, who stress the unpredictability of the future in general or the effects of human freedom, creativity and ingenuity, or other ways in which the course of events may change radically. Are these or other criticisms conclusive, or is it still possible to hold a deterministic or evolutionary view, either despite the criticisms or by refuting them directly? Even given historical unpredictability in detail, are there still trends in history which can be discerned? If history has no direction, is there anything left to be said about the philosophy of history? Authors may address the question by considering some of the issues raised above or by attempting other approaches of their own.

In assessing entries priority will be given to originality, clarity of expression, breadth of interest, and potential for advancing discussion. All entries will be deemed to be submissions to Philosophy and more than one may be published. In exceptional circumstances the prize may be awarded jointly in which case the financial component will be divided, but the aim is to select a single prize-winner.

Entries should be prepared in line with standard Philosophy guidelines for submission (see…/philosophy-informati…/). They should be submitted electronically in Word, with PRIZE ESSAY in the subject heading, to<>.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 3rd October 2016.

Entries will be considered by a committee of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and the winner announced by the end 2016. The winning entry will be published in Philosophy in April 2017.

The Royal Institute of Philosophy is registered in the United Kingdom as a charity, number 313834, and is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with number 205110, and with a registered office at 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR.


Colleagues, if you’re attending the British Academy of Management conference in Newcastle in September, this workshop may be of interest:


BAM 2016 Newcastle

6 September 2-3.30p, Room B29, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre


Bill Cooke, University of York, UK: histories of managerialism in global context

Stephanie Decker, Aston University, UK: post- and neo-colonial histories of international business

Ron Kerr, University of Edinburgh, UK: historically informed examinations of the banking crisis in management education

Linda Perriton, University of Stirling, Scotland: business and management history in the service of criticality in the curriculum

Michael Rowlinson, University of Exeter, UK: constructing management histories within and beyond organizations

Kevin Tennent, University of York, UK: business history and strategy.


Sarah Robinson, University of Glasgow, UK

Scott Taylor, University of Birmingham, UK

There are regular workshops at conferences that call for greater acknowledgement of the role of history in management research and education. There is also a developing literature in management & organization studies that argues for organization analysts to seek rapprochement with historians and vice versa, often underpinned by critical perspectives. This workshop responds to these frequent calls and this developing literature by bringing together presenters with expertise in historical methods, organization analysis and critical management education to provide a space to contribute to making histories and developing historically-informed teaching. The workshop consists of 30 minutes of presentation, followed by 30 minutes of small group research and teaching development work facilitated by the presenters and organizers. We then conclude with a 30 minute plenary and panel discussion on a) publishing historical work and b) on using history and historical research in critical management education.

Scott Taylor (Dr) – Director of Undergraduate Programmes

Reader in Leadership & Organization Studies, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK (+44) 0121 414 6703

ToC: Business History 58,6 (September) now out


Turnaround and failure: Resource weaknesses and the rise and fall of Jarvis
Andrew Wild & Andy Lockett
Pages: 829-857 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1024229

Economic and Social Power in Spain: corporate networks of banks, utilities and other large companies (1917–2009)
Juan A. Rubio-Mondéjar & Jósean Garrués-Irurzun
Pages: 858-879 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1115483

The transatlantic business community faced with US direct investment in Western Europe, 1958–1968
Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl
Pages: 880-902 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1128895

Strategic manoeuvres and impression management: communication approaches in the case of a crisis event
Brendan O’Connell, Paul De Lange, Greg Stoner & Alan Sangster
Pages: 903-924 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1128896

A rum deal: The purser’s measure and accounting control of materials in the Royal Navy, 1665–1832
Karen McBride, Tony Hines & Russell Craig
Pages: 925-946 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1153068

‘Not to bet the farm’: SANLAM and internationalisation, 1995–2010
Grietjie Verhoef
Pages: 947-973 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1153628
Book Review

L’Énergie de la France. De Zoé aux EPR, l’histoire du programme nucléaire
Hubert Bonin
Pages: 974-977 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1068517

Capital of capital. Money, banking and power in New York City, 1784–2012
Hubert Bonin
Pages: 977-979 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1100526

British economic growth, 1270–1870
Roger Middleton
Pages: 979-981 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1123801

The Cadbury Committee: a history
Anna Tilba
Pages: 981-982 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1123806

Crisis, credibility and corporate history
Robin Pearson
Pages: 982-983 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1123805

Marie S Curie Fellows at ABS

Aston is currently looking for external researchers to work with on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships. The current deadline for applications is 14th September 2016, with the next call opening in April 2016.

The Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) scheme 2016 opened 12 April 2016 and will close 14 September 2016.

A little detail about the Fellowship scheme:-

  • They feature a Fellow (from anywhere on earth, no nationality restrictions) and a host.
  • Eligible Fellows must have:

o   spent no more than 12 months in the previous 3 years in the host country

o   have a PhD or at least 4 years research experience

  • As with all Marie S. Curie actions, there are no prescribed topics…bottom up…multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral projects are preferred.
  • The Fellowship should focus on research and training/career development. The aim is for the fellow to complete the project with a world class scientific skillset
  • Fellowships are a maximum of 2 years in duration
  • 10 page application form

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Eligible Researchers

  • The Funder requires that the researchers shall be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research
  • At the time of the deadline for submission, they shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to 14th September

Preferred Researcher Profile

  • Experience suggests that successful researcher have strong CV’s, with 10+ strong publications (high- ranking, international journals) and a good range of experience (teaching, industry/non-academic, PhD supervision).

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships enable eligible applicants to come to Aston University for a period from 12 to 24 months; the aims are to undertake world class research, undertake career development, and transfer knowledge. If you have the time, read the Guide for Applicants, it will enable you to fully appreciate the aims and objectives of the scheme –  guide_for_applicants_if_2014_en.pdf

If you are interested please contact Prof Stephanie Decker ( Send a description of your potential theme, Aston host and a description of the potential project (please keep the description to no more than 250 words), accompanied by your full academic CV to .

The current deadline is 14th September 2016. If you are interested you must send the requested documents by the end of July for this call.