We are excited to announce a PDW on Entrepreneurship and History on Friday, Aug 9 2019 12:00PM – 2:00PM at Boston Marriott Copley Place in Grand Ballroom Salon IJK.
History and entrepreneurship are intertwined in multiple, fundamental ways. Recent scholarship–including a forthcoming special issue of SEJ on historical approaches to entrepreneurship research–has established this connection across a range of topics, modes of inquiry, and as a means for contribution to theory. The purpose of the PDW is to open a door for increased interdisciplinary work on entrepreneurship and history.
Here we draw attention to two critical questions requiring additional exploration at the intersection of entrepreneurship and history. First, what constitutes rigorous historical explanation in the context of entrepreneurship? And second, what is the relationship between history and ongoing entrepreneurial processes?
To facilitate a collective discussion of these two topics, we bring together leading scholars from a variety of traditions ranging from economics to cultural history and from the history of technological innovation to historical cognition to help stimulate a dialogue with workshop attendees regarding these two critical questions at the intersection between the historiographic tradition and modern social-science-based entrepreneurial studies.
The PDW culminates in an activity in which attendees generate and refine research questions and ideas and receive feedback from renowned entrepreneurship scholars and historians of entrepreneurship. I am especially excited about the PDW given the calibre and depth of experience of the facilitators which include:
David A. Kirsch, U. of Maryland
Christina Lubinski, U. of Southern California -Marshall School of Business
Rob Mitchell, Colorado State U.
Daniel Raff, The Wharton School, U. of Pennsylvania
Andrew D A Smith, U. of Liverpool
Daniel Wadhwani, U. of the Pacific
Ricardo Zozimo, Lancaster U.
I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks in Boston!
University of Victoria
Session Type: Symposium
Program Session: 1675 | Submission: 11526 | Sponsor(s): (OMT)
Scheduled: Tuesday, Aug 13 2019 8:00AM – 9:30AM at Boston Hynes Convention Center in 103
Advancing New Understandings of History in the Management Field
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Kunyuan Qiao, Cornell U.
Christopher Marquis, Cornell U.
Joerg Sydow, Freie U. Berlin
Florian Stache, Freie U. Berlin
Christopher W. J. Steele, U. of Alberta
Milo Shaoqing Wang, U. of Alberta
Paul Ingram, Columbia U.
Brian Silverman, U. of Toronto
Rodolphe Durand, HEC Paris
Andrew Sarta, Ivey Business School
Jean-Philippe Vergne, Ivey Business School
Howard Aldrich, U. of North Carolina
Scholars in the management field have been increasingly interested in how historical factors and processes affect current organizational behaviors and have called for a fuller integration of a historical perspective into organization and management theory. This symposium brings together a diverse set of papers that explore…
The new issue of Business History is a guest edited special issue on Rhenish Capitalism
Abstract of introduction
This article examines the emergence and development of the comparative analysis of capitalism and recent debates about Varieties of Capitalism (VoC). We argue that the VoC-approach should pay more attention to change over time, and only claim to put the firm in the centre of analysis. Hence, we propose another, more historical, analytic framework, which is based on the VoC-approach and historical institutionalism, and which fits better to an analysis of Rhenish Capitalism, i.e. the German case, from a business history perspective. Keeping in mind this research agenda, we outline the history of the German economy in the second half of the 20th century.
The introduction is freely available from the publishers – please follow the link for your copy.
I’m delighted to announce that the journal Management and Organizational History has been accepted for inclusion in the Social Sciences Citation Index.
The journal is indexed from Volume 12, Issue 1 (2017), so we expect to see it receive its first official impact factor score in 2020.
While journal impact factors provide only a crude measure of journal quality, these types of metrics are becoming increasingly important in influencing where scholars choose to publish their work. Inclusion in the SSCI is therefore a welcome indication of the esteem in which the journal is held, as well as being good news for the wider discipline of business and organizational history.
Peter Miskell (on behalf of the Editorial Team at MOH)
The Roman god Janus faced both forward and backward in time. In addition to being the god of time, he was also associated with gateways and doors.
Presentation: 20 February, 15:30 and 16:30 at University of Liverpool Management School Seminar Room 4
“History and the Micro-foundations of Dynamic Capabilities” by Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria. Abstract. The capacity to manage history is an important but undertheorized component of dynamic capabilities. Following Teece (2007), we observe that the micro-foundations of strategic action, particularly in rapidly changing environments, are premised on the ability of the firm to enact change by sensing opportunity in the future, seizing that opportunity in the present and reconfigure organizations by overcoming the historical constraints of their past. To accomplish this, firms must acquire a historical consciousness – an awareness of history as an objective, interpretive and imaginative cognitive skill. In order to fully exploit dynamic capabilities, firms must acquire the ability to manage…
It is commonly acknowledged that history matters in strategy. However, the strategy literature mainly discusses history in terms of path dependency, leaving little room for managerial agency, despite growing anecdotal evidence that managers can actively draw on corporate history to improve decision-making. An emerging literature on how managers use the past to give sense to internal and external stakeholders has given rise to a more agent-based approach to history, but while sense-giving is commonly connected to sense-making as a driver of strategic change, the role of…
Organised by the
French Association for the History of Management and Organizations (AHMO) and Université
Côte d’Azur – EDHEC Business School, GREDEG (UMR 7321) and MSHS Sud-Est (USR
« Like pipes
in a wall crucial to having running water in a home, the informational infrastructure was nearly invisible. Use of information proved so routine, indeed mundane, that like using a faucet or bathroom
fixtures, people did not think about it, because it was always present. It is information’s pervasive, embedded nature that perhaps accounts for why we […] have not paid
much attention to it. But now we should, because as happens, once a phenomenon
is named or is made obvious, it becomes easier to optimize its use. »
In his book on the history of information in the United States, James W.
Cortada argues for the need to understand evolving characteristics of
information ecosystems. Cortada defines these ecosystems as facilitators of
three activities of our contemporary societies: ‘appreciating what needs to be
understood, seeing how this understanding should be developed, and seeing how
it could be used’.
Since World War II, the amount of information stored and processed in
organisations has grown exponentially, giving rise to a new category of
‘knowledge workers’ performing in horizontal information structures.
Based on the assumption that each firm and each industry develop idiosyncratic
knowledge, organisation and strategy scholars of the 1970s introduced
information as a fourth factor of production. Then, in the 1980s, the
information ‘revolution’ shook up traditional industrial structures with
changes in competitive rules and the introduction of new forms of competitive
Since then, the use of information with respect to accounting, finance,
personnel, prices, logistics or customers significantly expanded, especially
with the increasing computerisation that helped people to better store, process
and share information to improve strategic decisions.
These recent changes have led to new forms of science that became necessary to
support professional managers’ decisions and to develop new knowledge-based
The 24th Colloquium in the History of Management and
Organizations aims to generate a historical perspective to our understanding of
the use of these different forms of information in organizations. Papers
aligned with four sub-themes are particularly welcomed:
The evolution of the use of information for
accounting information is often considered as one of the first languages in
organisations, other accounts (relative to finance, personnel, price, logistics
and customers) appeared relevant to store with the aim to assist decisions and
strategic choices made by firms. What have these evolutions been? For which types
of information? And for what aim?
The history of scientific knowledge and its
diffusion in management and organisation studies: The rise of information in organisations has
coincided with the professionalization of managers who express the need to
formalise and transfer their managerial knowledge. The diffusion of knowledge
human resources management,
attracted the attention of scholars. What trajectories have taken these
diffusions? For which type of knowledge? In which institutional contexts?
The account of information as an intangible
asset in organisations: given
the immaterial nature of information and tacit knowledge, the challenge to
transform this asset in value creation has long questioned scholars. Currently,
the idea to re-materialise or to make more visible these information
infrastructures has led to new issues and to new research avenues aligned with
sociological oriented approaches dealing with materiality in organisations.
Concerns related to security and standardization could also be considered.
Digital transformation and new forms of value
for information: Considered by
some scholarsas a fourth industrial
revolution, current digital transformation is seen as a phenomenon based on
unprecedented technological changes such as artificial intelligence, virtual
reality and the Internet of Things. The consequences of these technological
innovations, despite being very uncertain regarding their social impacts,put the user at the heart of
innovation processes providing value to personal data and disrupting
traditional business models. To what extent are these current transformations
part of a longer history of computer science and of management information
These sub-themes are non-exhaustive and given the main theme of the
colloquium, pluridisciplinary research is particularly encouraged (within
management studies or with other sciences such as computer science, law,
sociology, economics, psychology, etc.).
Speaker: James W. Cortada is a business
historian and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota. Dr.
Cortada spent nearly 40 years working at IBM in sales, consulting, management
and executive positions. He is the author of both ICT management books
and business history. He is the author of All the Facts: A
History of Information in the United States Since 1870 (2016)
and IBM: The Rise and Fall and Reinvention of a Global Icon (2019).
The Colloquium will start with a doctoral workshop organised on 27 March
at EDHEC Business School. Ph.D. students who seek to present their work should
send a ten-page document presenting research area (theme, research questions),
theoretical framework, methodology, first results and main bibliographical
First- or second-year Ph.D. students or Ph.D. students incorporating a
historical dimension in their dissertation in management are strongly
encouraged to apply.
Papers: Short papers (3000
words) written either in English or French should be submitted no later
than 14 December 2018. Full texts will be accepted.
Acceptance: Notification of
papers accepted for inclusion in the conference program will be made by 25January 2019.
Final version of
50,000 signs): 22 February 2019. Final papers should
be written either in English or French with summaries in French and
Lise Arena, Université Côte d’Azur
Régis Boulat, Université de Haute-Alsace
Ludovic Cailluet, EDHEC Business School
Muriel Dalpont-Legrand, Université Côte d’Azur
Mathieu Floquet, Université de Lorraine
Patrick Fridenson, EHESS
Gérald Gaglio, Université Côte d’Azur
Eric Godelier, Ecole Polytechnique
Hélène Gorge, Université Lille 2-Skema Business School
this, cf. pioneering work conducted by M. Aoki on Japanese (versus American) firms and their
information structures in the 1980s – Aoki, M. 1986. « Horizontal versus
Vertical Information Structure of the Firm. » American Economic Review 76(5): 971-983.
Porter, M.E., and V.E. Millar. 1985. « How Information Gives You
Competitive Advantage. » Harvard
Business Review 63(4): 149-160.
 The use of information in
decision-making was discussed much earlier in 1960s by: Simon, H. A. 1960. The New Science of Management Decision.
New-York: Harper & Row.
 Lamendour, E., and Y. Lemarchand. 2015. « La magie du chiffre. » Entreprises et Histoire 79(2).
 Hautcoeur, P.-C., and A. Riva.
2012. « The Paris Financial Market in the Nineteenth Century :
Complementarities and competition in microstructures ». Economic History Review 65(4): 1326-1353.
 Cochoy, F. 1999. Une histoire du
marketing – discipliner l’économie de marché. Paris : La Découverte.
 Collings, D.G., and G. Wood. 2009. Human Resource Management: A Critical
Approach. London: Routledge.
 Van Creveld, M. 1977. Supplying War – Logistics from Wallenstein
to Patton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
 Cailluet, L. 2008. « La fabrique de la stratégie : Regards
croisés sur la France et les États-Unis ». Revue Française de Gestion 188-189(8) : 143-159.
 Murphy, C.N., and J. Yates. 2009. The International
Organization for Standardization (ISO): Global Governance through Voluntary
Consensus. London: Routledge.
 Bounfour, A. (coord.) 2010. « De l’informatique aux systèmesd’information dans les entreprises ». Entrepriseset Histoire. 60(3).