PhD Workshop at Copenhagen Business School

Humanistic Approaches to Societal and Global Challenges – HYBRID


Course coordinator: Professor Christina Lubinski, Department of Business Humanities and Law, CBS

Associate professor Marta Gasparin, Department of Business Humanities and Law, CBS

Professor Dan Wadhwani, Department of Business Humanities and Law, CBS

Professor Mitchell Dean, Department of Business Humanities and Law, CBS

Associate professor Maribel Blasco, Department of Management, Society and Communication, CBS

Professor Silviya Svejenova, Department of Organization, CBS


The course discusses humanistic approaches to the study of societal and global challenges. It introduces PhD students to the emerging field of “Business Humanities” and provides them a space to discuss the potential and challenges of integrating social sciences and humanities in their projects. Business Humanities has a notable two-fold character. On the one hand, it defines a domain of knowledge concerning the major challenges facing humanity that affect both business and the wider society. On the other hand, it focuses on understanding the human capabilities to meet these challenges. Grounded in theories of organization studies, entrepreneurship scholarship, history, and political science, the course will discuss different theoretical perspectives that can broadly be summarized as humanistic approaches to the study of business and organizing.

The course focuses on developing students’ understanding of how the humanities and interdisciplinary social sciences address fundamental challenges to humanity. It sees business and forms of organizing as key to social transformation and explores which ethical and entrepreneurial capabilities help address these fundamental challenges. In that process, the course considers organizational actors as diverse as management teams, projects, formal organizations, start-ups, public institutions, crowds and different fluid and ephemeral forms of organizing for analysis.

Participants of the PhD course discuss the ongoing academic debates about theorizing at the intersection of social science and humanities (Zald, 1993, 1996; Ricoeur, 2016). They explore and contrast different disciplinary traditions with an interest in the human and questions of temporality (Wadhwani et al., 2018; Hernes, 2022), morality (Howard-Grenville and Spengler, 2022; Stjerne et al., 2022) and value (Boltanski and Thévenot, 2006; Dewey, 1939; Escobar, 2018). They learn how narratives and histories are brought into the present to actively shape actors’ understandings of themselves, their culture, meaning-making processes, and place in the world (Ricoeur, 2003, 2006; Wadhwani et al., 2018; Suddaby et al., forthcoming-a). Debating the strengths and weaknesses of humanistic theories and their potential contributions to the study of business and organizing may give inspiration to PhD students for their own project designs. In the idea paper (to be developed before the course starts) and the working paper (due after the end of the course) faculty members will develop and critique arguments with the students that are relevant to their projects. 

We invite PhD students with research projects that relate to the role of the human and humanistic thinking in business and organization, be it that these perspectives figure as an underlying dimension of the project design, are directly employed as theoretical approach, relate to the methods applied, or come up in the empirical data. Projects on entrepreneurship, social innovation, grand challenges, identity, narratives, work-life balance and human-based forms of organizing often pay implicit or explicit attention to humanistic theories and the course is designed to helps students be more assertive about their treatment of the business humanities and leverage the most recent scholarship on these issues.


PhD students only.

Participants will submit a paper idea (2 pages) before starting the course. They then develop the idea into a working paper (20 pages), using theory rooted in the business humanities, including those discussed in the course. Each student will be responsible for one “intervention” (critical reading and introduction of a text to the group). Assignment of texts to be determined on the first day.

For “intervention”, course participation and submission of both the idea and working  paper a total of 5 ECTS will be awarded.

Deadline for submission of the paper idea is the 4th of September 2023.
Deadline for submission of the working paper is the 4th of December 2023.

It is a precondition for receiving the course diploma that students attend the whole course and submit both papers by the respective deadlines.

Reminder – Deadline for Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop approaching

Call for Papers: Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop in Business History, 29 June 2022 

Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University Newcastle. 

The ABH will hold its tenth annual Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop on 29 June 2023. This event immediately precedes the 2023 ABH Annual Conference at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. The full call for papers can be found here: Participants in the Workshop are encouraged to attend the main ABH Annual Conference following the Workshop. They will also have an opportunity to participate in the Poster Competition (explained in the main call for papers). The Workshop is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to discuss their work with other research students and established academics in business history in an informal and supportive environment. It is important to note that this will not be a hybrid event and all participants need to attend the workshop in person. Students at any stage of their doctoral studies, whether in their first year or very close to submitting, are urged to apply. In addition to providing new researchers with an opportunity to discuss their work with experienced researchers in the discipline, the Workshop will also include at least one skill-related session. The Workshop interprets the term ‘business history’ broadly, and it is intended that students in areas such as (but not confined to) the history of management and organizations, international trade and investment, financial or economic history, agricultural history, the history of not-for- profit organisations, government-industry relations, accounting history, social studies of technology, and historians or management or labour will find it useful. Students undertaking topics with a significant business history element but in disciplines other than economic or business history are also welcome. We embrace students researching any era or region of history. Skills sessions are typically led by regular ABH members; in the past these have included ‘getting published’, ‘using historical sources’, and ‘preparing for your viva examination’ sessions. There will be ample time for discussion of each student’s work and the opportunity to gain feedback from active researchers in the field. 

How to Apply for the Tony Slaven Workshop 

Your application should be no more than 4 pages sent together in a single computer file: 1) a one-page CV; 2) one page stating the name(s) of the student’s supervisor(s), the title of the theses (a proposed title is fine), the university and department where the student is registered and the date of commencement of thesis registration; 3) an abstract of the work to be presented. 

If selected for the workshop, you will be asked to prepare a 15-minute presentation that is either a summary of your PhD project (giving an overview of the overarching themes, research questions, and methodologies) or a chapter/paper. 

You may apply via email to Dr Michael Aldous at Please use the subject line “Tony Slaven Workshop” and submit by 24 March 2023

CfP: Industriousness in the History of Capitalism

Call for Papers Hybrid/IRL Symposium: 

Working five to nine: Industriousness in the History of Capitalism

7 July 2023, Australian Catholic University

Victoria Parade, Fitzroy (Melbourne). Room TBA. Hybrid Format.

Convenors: Hannah Forsyth and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Twentieth century capitalism has relied to a considerable degree on industriousness at work and school. Such industriousness became key to accessing the elite. Yale law scholar Daniel Markovits describes a college application essay in which a student boasted that their dedication to study led them to pee their pants rather than interrupt an intellectual discussion. Such commitment became quite widespread. Musical icon Dolly Parton recently rewrote her iconic song, “9 to 5,” into “5 to 9” for an app commercial, which praised the many striving to get ahead, or just break even, in the Gig Economy. Productivity increases in service sector occupations have arguably driven a great deal of profitability since the late twentieth century. Longer working hours, fewer and shorter vacations, helicopter parenting  and other forms of investment in our own human capital have acted as a bulwark against falling into workforce precarity or losing class status, though it may be destabilized by the ‘Great Resignation’ succeeding COVID lockdowns. This symposium seeks to understand the origins and unfolding of this twentieth century work ethic, considering New Deal and welfare state preoccupations with full employment, the massive increase in years of schooling globally and the expansion of working hours, particularly among university students and in white-collar occupations.

We welcome proposals from history, sociology, education, political economy or other fields that consider industriousness in the twentieth century, whether in the USA, UK, Australia or elsewhere. Priority will be given to papers that may cohere into a published collection.

Please send short abstract proposals to Hannah by 1 May 2023:

For enquiries, feel free to contact either Hannah or Ellie

History & Archives in Practice Event

New event for historians and archivists by the Institute of Historical Research, The National Archives and the Royal Historical Society

Collecting Communities: Working together and with Collections

Wednesday 29 March 2023
Institute of Historical Research

For more information, see the programme here:

Hagley Seminar on Business, Culture & Politics

Building on the long legacy of the Hagley Research seminar, the Hagley Seminar on Business, Culture, and Politics features original and creative work-in-progress essays that make use of business history sources. 

All seminars are held on Zoom between noon and 1:30 p.m. Eastern USA time. Seminars are based on a paper that is circulated in advance. Preregistration is required and space is limited. To find registration links as well as additional information on the seminars, please go to Questions may be sent to Carol Lockman,

2023 Spring Seminar Series

February 22, noon-1:30

Moeko Yamazaki, University of Oregon

“Making the World on Time: The Vietnam War, Deregulation and the Birth of FedEx”

Comment: Marc Levinson, Independent Scholar

April 5, noon-1:30

Angus McLeod, University of Pennsylvania

“Schools and Economic Development in Antebellum Texas”

Comment: John Majewski, University of California, Santa Barbara

May 3, noon-1:30

Brent Cebul, University of Pennsylvania

 “Creating the Intern: Philanthropy, Universities, and the New Deal”

Comment: Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University of Chicago

HiMOS workshop in Helsinki

Dear Colleagues,

Consider joining us for the next HiMOS workshop ( in Helsinki. The seminar series aims at promoting historical methods in management and organization studies and workshops history-informed papers for publication in top management journals. 

Location: Suomenlinna, Helsinki

Time: Friday, March 3, 2023 (full day, including dinner in the city)

Register here (DL: February 17)

Participation fee: Free of charge! We are grateful for the financial support of Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics (JSBE).

We are excited to welcome Dan Raff (Wharton) for a keynote, distinguished commentators, and authors of papers aimed at journals, such as JMS, JIBS, SMJ, and Org Studies. 

Speakers: Dan Raff (Wharton), Mirva Peltoniemi (JSBE), Christopher Hartwell (ZHAW), Saara Matala (Chalmers), Sandeep Pillai (Bocconi), & Rolv Petter Amdam (BI)

Commentators: Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto), Tanja Leppäaho (LUT), Robin Gustafsson (Aalto), t.b.d.

Organizers: Christian Stutz (JSBE), Nooa Nykänen (Aalto), & Zeerim Cheung (Sydney)

Please forward this invitation to anyone who might have an interest in participating. 

We hope to see you at Suomenlinna!

Kind regards,

The organizers

CHRONOS talk by Davide Nicolini

We are delighted to announce the next CHRONOS distinguished research seminar. We have the pleasure to host Prof. Davide Nicolini, Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. 

He will offer a speech on 

Revisiting the relationship between practice and (academic) theory‘ 

18th October 2022, 2-4pm, WINDSOR-0-02, Windsor Building, Royal Holloway. 

You can find abstract and short bio of our distinguished speaker below 

If you cannot attend the seminar in person, you can still join on-line via MS Teams meeting. 

To attend the event, you can email: elena.giovannoni[at]

AOM 2022 PDW: Digital archives search

Are you interested in learning about how to use email in your research? If so, please come to a special Professional Development Workshop (PDW) at the 2022 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting to learn how other scholars are using email and to participate in a study about knowledge discovery in large-scale, organizational email corpora.

Emails are materially different from the correspondence of the pre-digital age, but their significance as traces of the past is substantial, especially for organizations, where email is not only used as a form of correspondence but also as an informal mode of record keeping. We believe that the preservation of a meaningful, relatively complete email archive is one plausible pathway to supporting scholarly research on organizations.

The forthcoming PDW — “Introducing the ‘Digitally Curious’ to Email Archives for Organizational Research and History (session 183)” — is sponsored by the Management History (MH) division of AOM and will introduce the “digitally curious” scholar to email archives for organizational research. It will be moderated by Prof David Kirsch (University of Maryland, US), Dr Adam Nix (University of Birmingham, UK), Shubhangkar Girish Jain (University of Maryland, US) in person, and online by Prof Stephanie Decker (University of Birmingham, UK, and University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Dr Santhilata Kuppili Venkata (independent scholars).

The PDW will take place on Friday, August 5, from 2:00-4:00pm PDT in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation supported. To allow participants to access the email tools and collections, pre-registration is requested. If you would like to register or to learn more about the workshop and the project, please email Shubhangkar Girish Jain (

Attendees at the PDW are invited to contribute to research on the use of email and will be encouraged to complete a post-workshop survey that will constitute an input to our ongoing research in this area. Completion of the survey is not required to attend and participate in the workshop.

Second roundtable on “Enchantment in the History of Capitalism”

Dear colleagues,

Please join us for a second roundtable in the ‘Enchantment in the History of Capitalism’ series on March 25, 15:00 GMT. We will be welcoming Professor Carrie Tirado Bramen and Professor David Morgan for a session on enchantment in the history of science, literature, and the arts.

This is the second of a series of reading-group style workshops, intended to reflect on the meaning of enchantment and its uses in existing scholarship across different disciplines, with a longer-term view to redirect the concept and shed new light on the history of capitalism. 

Please register here:

More information on our roundtables and pre-readings are available on the network website:

We hope to see many of you there!

Anat Rosenberg and Astrid Van den Bossche

Historical Studies of Capitalism event

Dear colleagues,

We are a network of scholars who seek to develop enchantment as an organizing theme in historical studies of capitalism. We hope to provide a platform for those interested in the historical role of enchantment as a tool, structure, or foundation for the organization and the development of modern markets, economic institutions, and economic relationships.

The first meeting of the network will take place on February 24, at 14:30 GMT on Zoom. It will be led by two expert speakers on magic and religion, Professor Owen Davies and Professor Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm. 

This is the first of a series of reading-group style workshops, intended to reflect on the meaning of enchantment and its uses in existing scholarship across different disciplines, with a longer-term view to redirect the concept and shed new light on the history of capitalism. 

More information on the first and future meetings, assigned pre-readings, as well as registration to the meeting and to our mailing list, are available on the network website:

We hope that many of you will join us on this intellectual journey!

Anat Rosenberg and Astrid Van den Bossche