Updated Aims and Scope information for Business History

The Aims and Scope information for the peer-reviewed journal Business History was recently updated. For more information, visit https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/fbsh20

Business History is an international journal concerned with the long-run evolution and contemporary operation of business systems and enterprises. Its primary purpose is to make available the findings of advanced research, empirical and conceptual, into matters of global significance, such as corporate organization and growth, multinational enterprise, business efficiency, entrepreneurship, technological change, finance, marketing, human resource management, professionalization and business culture.

The journal has won a reputation for academic excellence and has a wide readership amongst management specialists, economists and other social scientists and economic, social, labour and business historians.

Business History: The emerging agenda

The core strategy of Business History is to promote business history as a sui generis scholarly discipline, engaging on an equal footing with mainstream history and the wider social sciences. To achieve this, the journal will continue to be international, comparative, thematic and theoretically informed. In the post-Chandler world, the agenda for business history is to extend its scale and scope specifically to:

  • widen its international scope: business activities in underrepresented regions, for example Latin America, Africa and Asia
  • go back beyond the 19th and 20th centuries to include ancient, medieval and early modern eras
  • inform the policy agenda; historical examples of regulatory success and failure, nationalisations and privatisations
  • engage with the business and management agendas; entrepreneurship, competitive advantage, corporate governance
  • theoretical development; independent theory or theories of business history

Peer Review Policy

All research articles in this journal are rigorously peer reviewed, based on initial editor screening and anonymized reviewing by at least two referees.

Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

Annotated TOC Business History 64-3, 2022

Business History (64)3: 2022

[Launched as an issue on May 10, 2022]

The article “German Economic Power in Southeastern Europe: The Case of Reemtsma and the Greek Tobacco Merchants (1923-1939),” by Juan Carmona-Zabala studies the strategies that Greek tobacco firms and manufacturers and the German tobacco giant Reemtsma developed during the interwar period. By showing how companies responded to state involvement and competition, Carmona Zabala offers new insights into the industry and management of the tobacco industry in twentieth-century Southeastern Europe. Access the article here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1717472.

Luis Chirosa-Cañavate, Juan A. Rubio-Mondéjar, and Josean Garrués-Irurzun present new research on how business schools like the Spanish Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) and the Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) influenced the creation of unique models of business and entrepreneurship in the country. The article is titled “Business Schools and the Spanish Business Elite since the Mid-Twentieth Century” and can be accesed here https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1726893.

The article “A Return Ticket to the World Market? The Leipzig Fur Industry, Internationalism and the Case of the International Fur Exhibition (IPA) in 1930” by Robrecht Declercq [https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1736045] explores how trade exhibitions serve “as vehicles of internationalism” for the fur industry in the postwar period.

Chantal S. Game, Lisa M. Cullen, and Alistair M. Brown draw important comparisons and transnational connections between three banking enactments Colombia Banking Act 1817 (CO) the Canadian Mauritius Regulations 1830 and the Joint Stock Banks Act 1844 (UK) in their article “Origins Resting behind Banking Financial Accountability of Paragraphs 78 to 82 of the First Schedule of the Companies Act 1862 (UK).” Read it here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1718109.

How have Spanish companies used (and invented) tradition and history as a branding strategy? José Antonio Miranda and Felipe Ruiz-Moreno explain this in their article “Selling the Past. The Use of History as a Marketing Strategy in Spain, 1900-1980,” accessible here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1717473.

Juan Ricardo Nazer and Manuel Llorca-Jaña explore “Succession in Large Nineteenth-Century Chilean Family Businesses” by looking at the cases of the Errázuriz-Urmeneta, the Cousiño-Goyenechea and the Edwards-MacClure groups. The article is available here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1717471.

“Between the Market and the State: Ibáñez, the Marquis of Sargadelos (1749–1809), a Spanish Businessman Sailing against the Tide” brings to light new findings on the transition economic Liberalism in Spain. Check out Joaquín Ocampo Suárez-Valdés and Patricia Suárez Cano’s article here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1726892.

[COMMENT] Pearson, Robin. 2022. “The Indigenous Origins of UK Corporate Financial Accountability: A Comment.” Business History 64 (3): 583–86. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1769606.

Learn more about how Parisian couture businesses made it into London’s market and consumers at the turn of the twentieth century. Véronique Pouillard and Waleria Dorogova explore this process in their article “Couture Ltd: French Fashion’s Debut in London’s West End: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1724286.

Call for Co-Editor-in-Chief: Business History

Deadline: 31st August 2022

Apply here

About the Role with Business History

Applications are invited for the position of Co-Editor-in-Chief for Business History. The new Editor-in-Chief will work alongside Stephanie Decker from January 2023, following Neil Rollings’ departure from the role at the end of 2022. The role is for a three-year appointment, renewable by mutual consent for a second three-year term.

We are seeking an outstanding and professional academic who is actively involved in the disciplines covered by Business History, with an international reputation for research excellence, and a passion for communication. Prior experience of editing an established journal is strongly preferred.

Applicants should be actively involved in networks within the field. Key qualities sought for the positions include energy, enthusiasm, managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle, an understanding of research and publishing ethics, and the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with Editorial Team members and a major publisher.

Routledge provides administrative support and an annual contribution to expenses incurred by the Editorial team.

Role Responsibilities

The tasks to be undertaken will include but will not be limited to:

  • Working with the Editorial Team, Routledge and the Editorial Board to develop the editorial strategy and direction of Business History and acting as an ambassador for the Journal;
  • Attendance and networking at international conferences and events to promote Business History and solicit submissions, invited contributions, and special issue proposals;
  • Responsibility for enhancing the quality and reputation of Business History, particularly in relation to the quantity, quality and timeliness of published research;
  • Coordinating peer review of submissions amongst the Editorial Team;
  • Commissioning topical special issues with active, well-respected Guest Editors;
  • Ensuring that all reviewers and authors uphold the Journal’s code of publishing ethics;
  • Working with the Editorial Team to refresh the Editorial Board and pool of reviewers as necessary in terms of subject specialisms and geographical representation;
  • Attending Editorial Team / Editorial Board meetings annually.

Submitting your Application to Business History

Applications shall include:

  • A CV
  • A letter of interest, specifically referring to why you believe you are particularly qualified for the role of co-Editor-in-Chief, leading the Editorial Team for Business History, and how you see your role in the future development and direction of the Journal (maximum of one side of A4).

Anyone who wishes to discuss these positions informally with the Editors-in-Chief or the Portfolio Manager are welcome to contact Zoe Sternberg, Neil Rollings or Stephanie Decker.

Candidates who pass the initial screening stage will be invited for an interview with the current Editors-in-Chief and Routledge over a video call.

Become a peer reviewer and a book reviewer in Business History

Business History welcomes expressions of interest to become a peer reviewer and a book reviewer for the journal. If your research is connected in any way to business history and you would like to be contacted to evaluate submissions to the journal or to write a book review please get in touch with us. We especially encourage emerging scholars and doctoral students to become reviewers to be more involved in publishing in the field of business history and more familiar with the academic publishing world.

The following lines explain the main roles of peer reviewers and book reviewers in Business History;

A peer reviewer is contacted once a paper has been first accepted. The main role of the peer reviewer, selected based on research specialization and experience in a certain field, is to assess and ensure that a submission is suitable for the specific journal. Generally, a journal editor selects 2 or 3 reviewers per article. Each reviewer is expected to provide a structured, succinct assessment on whether the paper should continue the peer review process or be rejected. The editor may find that the reviewers disagree about the quality and revisions that a paper should undergo. The journal editors are ultimately the ones in charge of communicating to the author/s what changes are needed. If the paper will continue towards the publishing process, the author/s might be asked to either Review and Resubmit with minor corrections or Review and Resubmit with major changes. Once the paper has been reviewed and resubmitted, along with a letter addressing the reviewers’ comments, the editor can either track the paper toward the publishing pipeline or recommend that the previous reviewers, or new ones, check and confirm that the paper.

Book reviews editors receive requests from publishers and from authors for their books to be reviewed in Business History. Next, book reviewers reach out to researchers that work in the field or in related fields. If a reviewer agrees, he/she/they will receive a copy of the book. The book reviewer and the reviewer will then agree on a deadline within the next few months. The review, once submitted, goes through the usual copyediting process.

A good book review presents the main findings of the book and evaluates whether the book is successful in demonstrating the main argument. Book reviews are also welcomed when they do not simply summarize the book, but when they point out to the contributions and significance of the manuscript within the most recent debates.

Taylor & Francis Group offers an array of resources to guide you in the process of peer review and book review:

Becoming a book reviewer

5 tips on how to become a peer reviewer

The role of early career researchers in improving peer review diversity

Peer review is fundamental to the scientific process

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please create an account in Manuscript Central https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/fbsh and get in touch with the editors-in-chief and book review editors of the journal:

Veronica Binda – Università Bocconi, Italy

Stephanie Decker – University of Bristol, UK

Adam NixUniversity of Birmingham, UK

Neil Rollings – University of Glasgow, UK

HHH: The Empire State building

The tallest building of its day opened as the Great Depression really began to squeeze the American economy. Was the Empire State Building a gigantic folly perpetrated by men with sky-scraping egos? Folks in the 1930s thought so, calling the monument the “Empty State Building,” because so little of its space had been rented. Yet, when viewed from the vantage of the twenty-first century through the lens of archival documents, the Empire State Building resolves into an economically and culturally successful investment made by people with enormous fortunes motivated both by egotism and broad vision. 

Economist Jason Barr, professor at Rutgers University – Newark, dug into the records of John J. Raskob and Pierre Samuel du Pont records held by the Hagley Library to uncover an insider’s story of the Empire State Building. Conceived by Raskob, and backed by du Pont, the project launched in 1929, weeks before the stock market crash, and opened for business in 1931, after a record-setting rapid construction. While the building did sit mostly empty until the 1940s, it nevertheless generated a return, especially through charging admission to the observation deck. This invitation for the public to experience the building characterized the Empire State Building legacy, which has grown to influence city builders the world over. 

The audio-only version of this program is available on our podcast.   Interview available at  https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-jason-barr.

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  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout

Invitation to join the New Books Network en español [academic podcasting project]

The New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing scholars and other serious writers to a wide public via new media. Covering 90+ subjects, disciplines, and genres, we publish 55 episodes every week and serve a large, worldwide audience. We are about to celebrate the first anniversary of a parallel platform for interviews conducted entirely in Spanish.

If you speak Spanish and are interested in being a host for New Books Network en español please send us an email: newbooksnetworkes@gmail.com


What will I be doing?

Read books and record a conversation with your favorite authors and colleagues about the books they recently published.

What are the benefits?

This is a way to disseminate new ideas while promoting new books through conversations with their authors. The host can expand their network by connecting with researchers and readers, while also having the opportunity of talking in depth with colleagues about their new books. Our mission is the dissemination of knowledge through digital technologies.

It is time-consuming to collaborate?

No: you read a book that interests you, schedule and conduct the interview, and the post-production process is in the hands of the editors. When we publish the interview on New Books Network en español you can post the URL in your social media or on your academic/work webpage.

Check out some of the latest episodes:

CfP: FRESH meeting – Colonialism & natural resources

Gothenburg FRESH meeting, call for papers
Topic: Colonialism and natural resources Date: 20-21 October 2022
Place: Gothenburg, Sweden

On 20-21 October 2022 the Unit for Economic History of the Department of Economy and Society of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, will host a Frontier Research in Economics and Social History (FRESH) 2-day meeting on the theme Colonialism and natural resources.

The goal of FRESH meetings is to gather researchers to present ongoing research, with a focus on early- stage research, in an environment especially focused on constructive feedback and support.
The keynote speaker for this meeting will be Tirthankar Roy, Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, who specializes in global history, history and development of South Asia, and empires and environmental history.

We welcome papers from a broad range of methodologies, and especially welcome papers which are connected to the broad theme of ‘Colonialism and natural resources’ and deal with topics such as:
• trade
• agricultural development
• natural resource exploitation
• environmental history
• slavery
• colonial institutions
• business history
• inequality
but we will also consider papers on any topic relating to economic and social history, broadly defined.


The FRESH meeting organisers strive to accommodate as many speakers as possible. Accepted papers will receive 30 minutes each (approx. 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion). There will also be a conference dinner for further discussions. There will be no registration fee for this meeting while accommodation for presenters will be covered by the event organizers.

Please submit your paper abstract (max. 500 words) and a CV (maximum two pages) to:
dimitrios.theodoridis[at]gu.se. Please mark your email with “Fresh 2022” in the subject line.

Submission deadline: Friday 2 September 2022
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 16 September 2022.

For further inquiries please contact:

  • Local organizer Dimitrios Theodoridis, University of Gothenburg, dimitrios.theodoridis[at]gu.se
  • FRESH organizer Anna Missiaia, University of Gothenburg, anna.missiaia[at]gu.se

Please visit the FRESH website for more information: https://www.quceh.org.uk/gothenburg-2022.html

CfP BH SI: Business & Finance in LA

Business and Finance in Latin America: From the Oil Shock to the Debt Crisis

Editors: Dr Carlo Edoardo Altamura (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva) and Dr Sebastian Alvarez (Graduate Intitute Geneva/University of Oxford)

Submissions due 31 August 2022

Since the 2008-9 financial crisis, Latin America has experienced a period of sluggish economic activity and increasing levels of external debt. In a world of low interest rates, the liquidity injected into the US and European banking systems flew over into Latin American economies as global demand dropped and commodities prices crashed downwards. The boom of private and public indebtedness over the past decade has increased the economic and financial vulnerabilities of a region that has historically been dependent on international trade and exposed to external shocks such as the current pandemic. In a context where governments have stepped in to offset the impact of the coronavirus crisis, debt levels are now approaching the peak seen during the international debt crisis of the 1980s, raising fears amongst policymakers and business leaders of new defaults and another “lost decade”.

This proposed special issue titled “Business and Finance in Latin America: From the Oil Shock to the Debt Crisis” aims to bring new insights into the current debates by looking at how local and foreign entrepreneurs, financiers and state actors reacted to the unstable economic and political context that preceded and followed the outbreak of the international debt crisis of 1982.

The scholarship on the business history of Latin America has expanded markedly over the last three decades. With the development and consolidation of the discipline since the mid-1980s, the number of historical studies of firms and entrepreneurship in the region grew considerably and covered a large variety of topics and sectors. This includes the foreign investment and diversification strategies of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in Latin America, the origin and evolution of local family-based economic groups and their connections with the social elites and the political ruling class. It encompasses regional and sectoral research on trade, banking, mining, transport, agricultural and manufacturing industries from a historical perspective that engages with the economic, social and organizational theories and other approaches to the study of the firm emerging in industrial countries. In so doing, this research has contributed to improving our understanding of the ways and conditions under which entrepreneurs and companies have succeeded or failed to develop their business activities in the region, as well as the specificities and distinctive character of Latin American capitalism.

However, while the bulk of the scholarship concentrates on firms that dominated before 1914 and the interwar and post-World War II years, the turbulent period of the 1970s and 1980s has received much less attention as firms and public institutions have only recently disclosed their files and opened archives for researchers. Moreover, the work that analyses the evolution of firms and national industries in Latin American during the second economic globalization since the 1980s has focused mainly on the liberalization, privatization and deregulatory policies adopted. Little is known, however, about how the economic crises that the region experienced in these years affected the way firms and entrepreneurs ran their businesses and overcame their debt and financial difficulties. In fact, while the long-term effects that the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s inflicted on the social and economic structures of the region have been extensively recognized and documented, the reasons why some companies disappeared while others survived has not yet been explored. Moreover, the policies implemented in the fifteen years between 1975 and 1990, first in Chile and Argentina, and then elsewhere following the 1982 crisis, totally changed the environment in which business in the region operated. This took the form of a wholesale shift from state-led ISI and a deepening distrust of FDI to open market economies characterised by policies emanating from the so-called ‘Washington Consensus’. Many older firms and business groups collapsed, some foreign investors withdrew while others, like Spanish MNEs, entered, and local business groups that survived and adapted to the new environment began to expand across frontiers, leading to the growth of the so-called ‘multilatinas’.

This Special Issue will contribute to filling this gap in the literature by providing a much more granular analysis of Latin American business and financial dynamics and bringing together a collection of new original historical studies from emerging and established scholars on business history in the region.

Our goal is to shed new light on how the multiple crises of the 1970s and 1980s affected industries and business organizations operating in Latin America and on the different ways in which they dealt with issues such as debt, investment and selling strategies as well as the economic and political risk assessments they undertook. It will do so by focusing on crucial but neglected actors in a region outside the Global North by drawing on material that was not previously available. To that end, the special issue focusses on contributions and interdisciplinary research from scholars who use historical methods and primary sources to explore:

  1. The behaviour and business strategies of financial and non-financial companies in the run-up to, and the aftermath of, the 1982 financial fallout.
  2. The impact of the debt crisis and the responses of MNEs and domestic firms in Latin America.
  3. The way that national and international companies managed economic and political risk in the region during the 1970s and 1980s.
  4. How business actors coped with foreign debt, inflation, and the uncertainties unleashed by changing government policies and crises during the 1970s and 1980s.
  5. The effects of the debt crisis and economic and structural reforms on state-business and domestic-foreign capital relationships.
  6. The long-term outcomes of the crisis and the reorientation of businesses in line with the neoliberal policies of Latin American politics.

In order to attract high quality papers for the special issue we will combine both strategies outlined in the guidelines for Business History special issues, i.e. invited contributions and a Call for Papers:

Three-four invited articles from the presentations at a Colloquium on the Latin American debt crisis of 1982.

Two-three articles from a Call for Papers for this Special Issue.

Business History new published issue 64-4

TOC of issue 64-4 2022

Includes 9 original articles, 2 of them are #openaccess

Key terms: #women #business #filmindustry #entrepreneurship #familybusiness #Chinesecompanyhistory #banking history #mining #State

Barnes, Victoria, and Lucy Newton. 2022. “Women, Uniforms and Brand Identity in Barclays Bank.” Business History 64 (4): 801–30. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1791823. #openaccess

Doležalová, Antonie, and Hana Moravcová. 2022. “Czechoslovak Film Industry on the Way from Private Business to Public Good (1918-1945).” Business History 64 (4): 781–800. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1751822.

Eng, Pierre van der. 2022. “Chinese Entrepreneurship in Indonesia: A Business Demography Approach.” Business History 64 (4): 682–703. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1788542.

Izawa, Ryo. 2022. “Corporate Structural Change for Tax Avoidance: British Multinational Enterprises and International Double Taxation between the First and Second World Wars.” Business History 64 (4): 704–26. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1727890.

Kong, Lingyu, and Florian Ploeckl. 2022. “Modern Chinese Banking Networks during the Republican Era.” Business History 64 (4): 655–81. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1754801.

Ranestad, Kristin. 2022. “State Reforms in Early Modern Mining: Røros Copperworks and the Role of Workers Managers, Investors and the State in Business Development.” Business History 64 (4): 831–53. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1797681. #openaccess

Soulsby, Anna. 2022. “Foreign Direct Investment and the Undertow of History: Nationhood and the Influence of History on the Czech-German Relationship.” Business History 64 (4): 727–54. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1784878.

Wąsowska, Aleksandra. 2022. “Organisational Development in the Context of Radical Institutional Change: The Case Study of Poland’s Ursus.” Business History 64 (4): 755–80. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1743689.

Zheng, Victor, and Po-san Wan. 2022. “Chinese Culture and Banyan-Tree Style Family Businesses: The Enterprising Family of Lo Ying-Shek in Hong Kong.” Business History 64 (4): 633–54. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1727448.

CfA: AOM 2022 PDW

Developing Management Theory from Historical Case Studies
Session # 15904 | Sponsors: MH, OMT, RM, STR, TIM
Hybrid-Interactive: Seattle + Virtual, Zoom ‘meeting’ style
Aug 5, 2022 from 2:00PM to 04:30PM. PT (UTC-7)

Organizer: Rohin Borpujari, London Business School
Submission Deadline: July 01, 2022

Who is this PDW for?
If you are:
a.) engaged in (or interested in) conducting historical research, and
b.) doing inductive (i.e. theory-building rather than hypothesis-testing) work, and
c.) hoping to publish your work in top management journals
then this is the PDW for you!

This PDW brings together a distinguished panel of scholars to stimulate an interactive and developmental exchange on conducting inductive research using historical case studies. Our core focus will be on the theory-building / theoretical contribution part of the research process – how do we understand the past to inform the present? How do we move from the case being studied to higher-level conceptualizations, while maintaining a balance between generalization and contextualization?
Importantly, our aim will be to focus on these questions from a practical standpoint, taking away useful advice that scholars can adopt in their research practices. And for those of you who have the opportunity to discuss ongoing projects with the panelists, you will also get advice tailored to your specific papers.

• Andrew Hargadon, UC Davis, Graduate School of Management
• Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and Washington State University, Carson College of Business
• Dan Wadhwani, USC, Marshall School of Business
• JoAnne Yates, MIT, Sloan School of Management (virtual panelist)


Panel Talk and Group Q&A: For the first part of the PDW, our panelists will lead exchanges around topics such as which research questions are best suited to historical case studies; how to balance the needs for contextualization vs. generalization in theorizing; how to write up a historical case study for publication in management journals, etc.

Roundtables and Individual Feedback: Pre-selected participants will have the opportunity to engage in quick, entrepreneur-style “pitches” to the experts (separated into 4 different roundtables – 3 in-person and 1 virtual; the virtual roundtable will be led by JoAnne Yates), with a view to receiving developmental feedback specific to their projects.
Each participant will have 20 minutes in total – 10 minutes to describe their project (or project idea) and what areas they would like feedback on, and 10 minutes to receive feedback / engage in discussion with the expert.

How to Apply
Part 1 is open to all attendees and does not require any application in advance.
For Part 2, in order to ensure quality interactions with panelists, we are limiting the number of “pitches” to 16 (i.e. 4 per panelist). If you are interested in receiving feedback on a project that you are currently working on, please submit your interest to the organizer at rborpujari@london.edu, by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (New York time) on July 01, 2022.
Specifically, please submit an abstract or overview of your project, including two questions that you would like to ask the panelists to receive feedback about that project. Please keep this document limited to 1 page, single-spaced, in PDF format.
In addition, in your email, please rank order your preference for which panelist roundtable you would like to be a part of (with the number “1” referring to your first choice panelist and “4” referring to your fourth choice panelist — If you are only able to attend virtually, please let me know as well).
Note: In addition to the 1-page abstract, you may, if you wish, submit a theoretical model or diagram that you are working on in case your project is at a more advanced stage and you would like comments on the model you are building.

If you have any questions about the PDW or the application process, please feel free to reach out at rborpujari[at]london.edu.