OAP Workshop online sessions

Interested in joining us online for the 13th OAP workshop on history, historicity and historical process in Management and Organization Studies (MOS)? While there are no more places for in-person attendance for the workshop jointly organized by ESADE, Université Paris Dauphine-PSL and ESSEC on 8th and 9th June in Barcelona, you can join us online for the hybrid events! Register on EventBrite for free: Remote access to OAP 2023 Historicity & OS Tickets| Eventbrite. The fantastic Keynotes by Profs Bill Foster and Paloma Fernandez Perez will be online!

Online sessions:

8 June

3 PM-4.15 PM CET (Hybrid mode)

Keynote lecture 1 by William Foster (University of Alberta) “Organizational Memory Work: The promise of the past”

9 June

11.30-12.30 CET

LIVE STREAMING YOUTUBE – Panel 1 – History in the making: historicizing memory with and for MOS. With Stéphanie Decker (Birmingham University), Laura Lucia Parolin (University of Southern Denmark) and Pierre Labardin (Université de la Rochelle). Animation: Daniel Arenas (ESADE) 

17.00-18.00 CET

STREAMING YOUTUBE – Keynote lecture 3 by Paloma Fernandez Perez (UB)  “Hybrid actors and networks and the history of global scientific and technological businesses.”


The programme for the Email Archiving Symposium is out now:

The keynote is by Nicole Hemmer

Image of keynote speaker Nicole Hemmer.


As historians begin tackling the work of analyzing the 1990s and early 21st century, they are learning that the traditional paper trail — the memos, records, and correspondences that make up so much of the historian’s craft — peters out, and that a world of born-digital sources takes its place. Few historians have been trained to tackle these new archives; even locating emails, videos, and websites remains a monumental task. Nicole Hemmer, a historian of the near-past, will talk about her experiences working with born-digital sources and the challenges the profession must overcome as it reaches the end of the paper-trail era.


Nicole Hemmer is director of the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Center for the American Presidency and associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University. She is author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics and Partisan: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s. She co-hosts the podcasts Past Present and This Day in Esoteric Political History, and is a columnist at CNN.

To register click here.

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: hannah.forsyth@acu.edu.au

For enquiries, feel free to contact either Hannah hannah.forsyth@acu.edu.au or Ellie eshermer@luc.edu

Special Issue on Historical Accounting for Enterprise and Society in Africa 

Virtual Workshop 

Friday, 31 March 2023 | 09:00 – 14:00 GMT/UTC 

The Guest Editors of the special issue on Historical Accounting for Enterprise and Society in Africa are pleased to invite contributors to the special online workshop in respect to this Special Issue on 31 March 2023. 

The virtual workshop is aimed at prospective contributors and academics who have an interest on the topical issues the special issue seeks to address. This Special Issue seeks to understand the history and legacy of accounting and accounting systems in the development of enterprise and society in Africa. It directs attention to all traditions of accounting through the long history of African indigenous economies and cultures. The full call for papers is available here. 

Those wishing to present their ongoing work at the workshop should reach out to the Guest Editors: Professor Grietjie Verhoef (gverhoef@uj.ac.za) and Dr Olayinka Moses (yinka.moses@vuw.ac.nz) with a proposal or an extended abstract of the intended paper by Friday, 10 March 2023

Workshop submission guideline: 

  • The proposal/extended abstracts for consideration should clearly identify:
    • purpose of the research 
    • research design including theoretical framework and contextual focus/data of the study. 
    • research method and expected results 
    • intended contribution(s) of study and how it aligns with the special issue. 


  • Click here to register for the workshop. 
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


  • The closing date for full paper submission is 30 September 2023

Accounting History forthcoming special issues

Accounting History Special Issues where submissions close this year:

  1. Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2023 Accounting for Death: An Historical Perspective
  2. Deadline for submissions*: 30 September 2023 Historical Accounting for Enterprise and Society in Africa

*For this SI see attached the announcement of a virtual workshop for the Special Issue on Historical Accounting for Enterprise and Society in Africa to be held Friday, 31 March 2023 | 09:00 – 14:00 GMT/UTC
Those wishing to present their ongoing work at the workshop should reach out to the Guest Editors: Professor Grietjie Verhoef (gverhoef@uj.ac.za) and Dr Olayinka Moses (yinka.moses@vuw.ac.nz) with a proposal or an extended abstract of the intended paper by Friday, 10 March 2023.

Finally, please support our community by considering submitting a paper for the 2023 AFAANZ Conference which will be on the Gold Coast from 2 July to 4 July, 2023. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

The AFAANZ Accounting History SIG will advise separately about the upcoming SIG symposium.


The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) invites participants to its 2023 on-line seminars on the history of retailing and distribution. The seminars will take place between February and April 2023: please see below for details 

Participation is free, but registration is required (the timings are UK times) 

For further information, including programme, abstracts and registration form please see: 



Monday 27 February 2023 

14.00 – 14.30 Emily Westkaemper, James Madison University, US, From Consumer to Career Woman: Promoting Professionalism in U.S. Department Stores, 1950s–1980s 

14.40 – 15.10 Nataliia Laas, New York University, US, Urban Stores as Places of Women’s Activism in the Soviet Union during Late Stalinism 

15.20 – 15.50 Lesley Taylor, Solent University, UK, St. Mags: Fashion at the heart of the community 

Monday 27 March 2023 

10.00 – 10.30 Phil Lyon, Umeå University, Sweden, Promoting French Cuisine to English Homes: The Life and Times of a 1923 Cookery Book 

10.40 – 11.10 Jane Tolerton, independent scholar, New Zealand, Mary Taylor: ‘Friend of Charlotte Bronte’ or successful storekeeper of colonial New Zealand – and ‘her own best friend’? 

11.20 – 11.50 Frances Richardson, University of Oxford, UK, Shopping in early nineteenth-century Wales: the variety of shops and their customers 


Monday 24 April 2023 

14.00 – 14.30 Sam Backer, Johns Hopkins University, US, Counter Girls and Salesmen: Gender, Consumption, and Sheet Music Retail in the United States, 1890-1920 

14.40 – 15.00 Ten-minute, work in progress presentation: Barbara Caddick, University of Bristol, Online pharmacy – A historical perspective 

15.10 – 15.40 Jon Stobart, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, Shopping and the city space: in the footsteps of the Reverend Woodforde (1740-1803) 

The HiMOS webinar returns

The HiMOS series (https://historymos.com/) returns!

We are delighted to host Associate Professor María Fernández Moya (CUNEF) and Senior Lecturer Andrew Smith (Liverpool) at the next event.

María will provide a ”behind-the-scene” presentation about her recent Journal of International Business Studies article that offers a long-term approach to internationalization scholarship. 

Andrew will introduce the IB-related Special Issue Call for the Journal of Management Studies and discuss a recent working paper, titled “Towards a Model of How Managers Respond to Historic Organizational Misconduct Accusations: Insights from the Campaign for Corporate Reparations for Black Slavery.”

We recommend reading the article, the call for paper, and the working paper before the workshop to get the most out of the event! 

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Time: 12:15-14:00 (UTC, London) / 13:15-15:00 (UTC+1, Madrid) / 14:15-15:00 (UTC+2, Helsinki)

Register here to get your Zoom link. 

The HiMOS webinar: 

The HiMOS webinar series (www.historymos.com) aims to generate hands-on insights for those interested in applying historical methods within management and organization studies. Previous issues included speakers such as Grace Augustine (Bath), Stephanie Decker (Birmingham), Christina Lubinski (CBS), Mairi Maclean (University of Bath) and Eero Vaara (Oxford Saïd Business School). 

On our website, you can watch a selection of previous presentations. 

Best regards,

Christian, Nooa, & Zeerim

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]rhul.ac.uk

Rethinking Tomorrow’s Organization Webinar

Rennes School of Business is honoured to present the first in a series of webinars exploring the future of Organizations. In this webinar, we invite three leading scholars in the field of business and management to present their vision of the Organization of tomorrow.

The first of our speakers is Prof Joaquin Alegre, University of Valencia, Spain. Prof Alegre argues that critical issues such as global pandemics or climate change require organisations to accentuate exploration activities and radical innovation. However, many managers are still reluctant to take R&D risks. Tomorrow’s organisations need to be managed by leaders with a clear long-term view on this issue. Furthermore, major changes in HR policies are required to boost creativity within the organisation of tomorrow. Digitalisation, smart working, work-life balance benefits, or discretionary working day length are likely to be implemented to achieve commitment, entrepreneurial attitude and creativity.

The second speaker is Prof Stephanie Decker, University of Birmingham, UK. Reappraising the past is essential in forging a new direction for the future, and Prof Decker focuses on rediscovering that unknown past. How we frame our history tells us perhaps more about who we are today, than about our ancestors. What we think we know about the past often provides us with an uncomplicated story, for example, about a natural development from primitive to more complex societies, where greater welfare was accompanied by greater inequality. However, the past is full of the unknown: the undesirable, the forgotten, the uncomfortable, the complicated and the confusing. By appreciating how much “unknown” past is waiting to be “discovered”, we can explore new avenues for “Tomorrow’s Organizations”.

Our third speaker is Prof Jan-Willem Stoelhorst, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Prof Stoelhorst explores a stakeholder turn in corporate governance, towards a model for the stakeholder corporation. While both academics and practitioners seem to be increasingly turning away from a shareholder and towards a stakeholder view of corporate governance, this ‘stakeholder turn’ raises the practical question of how to implement a stakeholder approach to corporate governance. Prof Stoelhorst will present the main ideas from a forthcoming Academy of Management Review paper that begins to address this question, as well as some thoughts about how these ideas relate to (but are different from) notions like shareholder democracy.

Joining Instructions

The webinar will take place on 24th October 2022, 14:00-15:30 CET. To join us please follow the link: https://forms.office.com/r/0v9V9yCCkU

2022 BHC Mid-Year Conference (online)

The Business History Conference (BHC) will host a one-day virtual conference on September 30, 2022. The 2022 BHC Mid-Year Conference enables members from around the world to easily and cost-effectively participate in the BHC during a turbulent time and also launches the BHC’s activities for the 2022-2023 academic year. The 2023 BHC Annual meeting will take place in person in Detroit on March 9-11, 2023. 

The theme for the 2022 BHC Mid-Year Conference is “Method and Madness: Reinventing Business History in a New Age of Extremes.” The one-day conference will be organized around three sets of 1.5 hour workshops. The first set of workshops will examine new sources and new uses of old sources in business history research. Sessions will include the uses of visual materials, legal records, account books, and big data, among other sources. The second set of workshops will cover interpretive and analytical techniques, including the interpretation of senses, network analysis, and the rhetorical uses of history. The third set of workshops will cover changes in the representation and dissemination of business history, including both conventional formats (books, scholarly articles) and newer formats (podcasts, social media, etc). 

Given that the conference is organized around short workshops rather than presentations, we will request participants to only fill out a registration form. The registration website will go live August 22 and participants will be notified of their acceptance by September 1. BHC members who are students and emerging scholars can register for free; fees for regular BHC members and nonmembers will be modest. In the meantime, please save the date.

If you have any questions or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to BHC president Dan Wadhwani: dwadhwani@marshall.usc.edu. Interested people may also follow/tag @TheBHCNewsBHC’s Facebook, and BHC’s LinkedIn, and the hashtag #BHCMidYear.