I do not usually reblog anything that is not directly related to organizational history research (broadly understood) but this blog really struck me as a thoughtful and relevant discussion of wider issues in academia. Enjoy!
Roger Friedland’s characterization of institutional logics as a combination of substance and practices opens the door to a more complex reading of their influence on organizational life. His focus suggests attention to feelings and belief as much as cognition and choice. In this article I use history to develop these ideas by paying attention to the perennial features of our embodied relations with the world and other persons. Historical work draws our attention to neglected domains of social life, such as play, which can have profound impacts on organizations. The study of history suggests that such institutions have a long-run conditioning influence that calls into question accounts that stress individual agential choice and action in bringing about change. Analytical narratives of the emergence of practices can provide the means to combine the conceptual apparatus of organization theory with the attention to temporality of history.
Our special issue on Historical Research on Institutional is out digitally and will be fully published shortly as Volume 60, issue 5 of 2018. In advance, here is a link to free offprints of our special issue introduction:
The NEP-HIS blog, had Nicholas Wong (Newcastle Business School) discuss a piece by Dan and Christina (my co-editors here at OHN):
Reinventing Entrepreneurial History
Business History Review, 2017, 91 (4): 767-799
The executive editors of Business History Review have given free access to this article for a limited time.
Please find the review and link to the article here http://www.nephis.org
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Last month Professor Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School, spoke at an event to mark the launch of the Global History of Capitalism (GHoC) project. For more information, follow this link:
Business History has changed its referencing style to author-date (APA). If you are unclear how to cite your archival sources in the new format, please see our editorial on the topic:
If your manuscript is already under review, you can keep the old style footnotes. All new submissions from January 2018 onwards should be in the new format, and we plan to publish manuscripts in the new style from the first issue of 2019.
on behalf of the Business History editorial team
Have a look at this video summary of the new book A new history of management, by Stephen Cummings, Victoria University of Wellington; Todd Bridgman, Victoria University of Wellington; John Hassard, University of Manchester; Michael Rowlinson, University of Exeter.
Book Your Place Now – Joint SIG Event: Management History and Strategy In Conversation – Can Movements Inform Responsibility?
The BAM Management and Business History and the BAM Strategy SIG are delighted to announce that joint SIG event, “Management History and Strategy In Conversation – Can Movements Inform Responsibility?“ is taking place on Thursday 1st March 2018, at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University from 13.00 – 16.30.
There is continued and increasing academic interest in corporate responsibility and how this interacts and informs strategic management. On the one hand, contemporary movements such as the UN Global Compact sustainable development goals, as well as initiatives such as B-corporation accreditation have gained increasing attention, and yet what strategizing managers can learn from historical movements has received less attention. This seminar seeks to redress this balance. We bring together academics with expertise in the management history of movements such as the cooperative movement, credit unions, the mutuality movement, how Quakers as a religious movement left their mark, and we explore a case study of how Taylor’s scientific management was enacted in a ‘responsible’ business context.
The aim is to bring together researchers and doctoral students from academic and management contexts. We will outline the latest research being conducted in historical movements and discuss what lessons can be learned by contemporary organisations.
The benefits of such an event include increasing awareness of the types and foci of research in this community, to look for synergies in research streams such as strategy, responsible business, management history, and law, etc, and to find ways of collaborating that build bridges between different disciplines. We hope that participants will influence this discussion and the directions in which research could travel.
Who Should Attend
This event is aimed at researchers and doctoral students who are interested in how academic research interests can be aligned and who wish to collaborate across different fields.
- Prof John Wilson – Northumbria University
- Sallyanne Decker – Greenwich University
- Mark Billings – Exeter University
- John Quail – York University
- Nicholas Burton – Northumbria University
- BAM Student members: FREE
- BAM members: FREE
- Non-BAM members: £20
Date: Thursday 1st March
Time: 13.00 – 16.30
Location: City Campus East Lecture Theatre 002, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE1 8ST
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University of Texas at Austin
Cross-posted from Not Even Past
Sven Beckert places cotton at the center of his colossal history of modern capitalism, arguing that the growth of the industry was the “launching pad for the broader Industrial Revolution.” Beckert follows cotton through a staggering spatial and chronological scope. Spanning five thousand years of cotton’s history, with a particular focus on the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, Empire of Cotton is a tale of the spread of industrialization and the rise of modern global capitalism. Through emphasizing the international nature of the cotton industry, Beckert exemplifies how history of the commodity and global history are ideally suited to each other. Produced over the course of ten years and with a transnational breadth of archive material, Empire of Cotton is a bold, ambitious work that confronts challenges that many historians could only dream of attempting. The result is a popular history that is largely successful in attaining the desirable combination of being both rigorous and entertaining.
To read more go here.