Registration is now open for the ABH conference at Sheffield Hallam University on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2019. Please click on this link: https://store.shu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/social-sciences-humanities/ssh-conferences/association-of-business-historians-conference-2019, or alternatively go to the ABH website at: https://www.gla.ac.uk/external/ABH/ and click on “registration”.
Please note that early-bird prices end on 4 June. The broad conference theme is Business Transformation in an Uncertain World. The Keynote Lecture, ‘Dealing with Uncertainty: Multinationals in Sub-Saharan Africa from Decolonization to Structural Adjustment’, will be delivered by Professor Stephanie Decker (Aston Business School)
The conference venue is SHU’s City Campus which is a 5-10 minute walk from Sheffield railway station.
If you are arriving early on Thursday 4 July, you are welcome to attend the Slaven PhD Workshop (starting at 2 pm in the conference venue) and join us for an informal evening meal (pay a deposit with registration)
On Friday 5th candidates for the Coleman Prize for best PhD in business history will make their presentations, and the prize will be awarded at the reception preceding the conference dinner later in the evening.
On the afternoon of Saturday 6th there will be an invited workshop (the Corley Workshop) for early career researchers. There will also be an optional trip to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, an 18th century iron and steel works with a crucible furnace.
Call for Papers
Corley Paper Development Workshop for Early Career Researchers Sheffield, 6th July 2019
In memory of the business historian Tony Corley who died last year, the Association of Business Historians have decided to inaugurate a new venture in the form of a Paper Development Workshop for Early Career Researchers (ECRs). This will take place on Saturday 6th July and be linked to the Association’s annual conference at Sheffield. Spaces have been reserved in the conference programme should any of those selected wish to present there as well.
Applications are welcome from any ECR working on a paper in the broad field of business history which they would like to develop with a view to publication. Up to five papers will be selected and will be developed at the workshop with leading business history scholars, including journal editors. The Association will cover the expenses of the presenters up to a maximum of £150 each. Those selected would be expected to join the Association if not already members.
Those interested should submit a 2-page application setting out an abstract of the proposed paper, a brief CV and an explanation of why they would benefit from the workshop. Applications should be sent to Professor Neil Rollings (Neil.Rollings@glasgow.ac.uk) by Monday 8th April.
Call for Papers
Association of Business Historians Annual Conference
‘Business Transformation in an Uncertain World‘
Sheffield Hallam University, 4-6 July 2019
Businesses have always operated in a shifting and uncertain environment. Such
uncertainty has stemmed from a variety of factors including the surprising behaviour of rivals, the advent of new and sometimes disruptive technologies (such as steam power or electricity), changes in consumer tastes, the tightening or relaxation of regulation, macroeconomic disturbances (such as depressions), natural and industrial disasters, nationalization, political crises and war. The conference seeks to explore how businesses (and business organizations) in the past charted their way through an uncertain world, whether reactively or creatively through reorganization and the development of new strategies to secure an advantage. Failure may be as interesting as success.
Proposals for individual papers, or for full sessions, panel discussions or other session formats, are invited on this topic, broadly conceived, dealing with any historical period or region of the world, and using any relevant academic methodology. Some examples of themes that could be addressed are given below, but this list is not meant to be exhaustive.
- The impact of disruptive technologies from the perspective of the innovator and/or the businesses threatened
- Disruptive business models such as mail order, supermarkets, online retailing, flatpack furniture
- The ways in which firms and industries have tried to predict and anticipate the actions of rivals: for example by developing forecasting tools
- Moulding, identifying and responding to changes in consumer tastes and values: for example the targeting of women consumers by tobacco firms in the 1920s
- Influencing and reacting to changes in the national and international regulatory environment: for example the tightened regulation of banking and financial services around the world after the 1930s depression
- Reconfiguring the organizational structure of the firm or industry in order to create a new advantage, or respond to a new threat
- The behaviour of management under stress, for example at times of financial crisis, or during a natural disaster or industrial accident (such as a mining explosion)
- The development of management thought on how to cope with uncertainty from the early twentieth century onwards
- Businesses and political uncertainty, including war, nationalization, and the threat of nationalization, and the collapse of existing political structures (e.g. decolonization of the British and French empires, or the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.)
As always, we also welcome proposals that are not directly related to the conference
How to submit a paper or session proposal
The programme committee will consider both individual papers and entire panels.
Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (up to 300-word) abstract and
5 line curriculum vitae (CV). Panel proposals should include a cover letter stating
the rationale for the panel and the name of its contact person; one-page (300-word)
abstract and author’s CV for each paper; and a list of preferred panel chairs and
commentators with contact information. Note that each academic session lasts 90
minutes, allowing time for 3 or at a pinch 4 papers. The deadline for submissions is
31 January 2019.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must be made online at: https://unternehmensgeschichte.de/db/public/C7
Begin by selecting between uploading a single paper or a full panel. Have your abstract and CV ready. The software will guide you through the uploading and submission process.
Any other suggestions for the conference – workshops, poster sessions, panel
discussions – should be made to the programme committee through