Program of the Management & Business History Track at BAM

Management and Business History 

Track Chairs: James Fowler and Roy Edwards 


SESSION 1 14.15 – 15.45 SYMPOSIUM (In Person) 

Session Chair: John Wilson ‘Whither business history?’ (177) John Wilson, Anna Tilba, Steven Toms, Nicholas Wong 


SESSION 2 17.00 – 18.30 FULL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: James Fowler The revolutionary aspects of the Managerial Revolution: its theory, historiography, and influence (865) Simon Mollan, Beverly Geesin, Bejamin Richards 

‘Organising Behaviour Towards Sound’: The mutual influences of management theory and music in the work of Stafford Beer and Brian Eno (964) Beverly Geesin 

Strategic Re-alignment – Rediscovering the interdisciplinary origins of Strategic Management (1107) Kevin Tennent 


SESSION 3 08:00 – 09.30 FULL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: James Fowler Tenants of time and context: localised Discourses as a constraint on culture change as a management lever (77) Marian Iszatt-White 

Rhetorical history, temporal narratives and links in time: the case of pension fund investment short-termism (662) John Wilson, Anna Tilba 

Exploring the Role of the Referee in the Emergence of Soccer as an Entertainment Product during its First Hundred Years (273) Kevin Tennent, Alex Gillett, Alan Tomlinson 



Session Chair: Kevin Tennent 

From Reds to Roads: The Clydeside Car Revolution 1950-70 (13) James Fowler 

Institutional Change in the Swiss Financial Industry 1992-2022: A Social Movement Perspective on ESG (894) Anastasia Naranova-Nassauer 

The Bennie Railplane: The Railway (Dis?)-Connection (135) James Wilson, Niall McKenzie 



Session Chair: Kevin Tennent 

Modes of colonial administration and subsidiary organisation in the postcolonial period: A longitudinal study of two multinational banking subsidiaries (235) Paul Caussat 

Re/assessing James MacGregor Burns’ interpretation of Kennedy leadership (861) Simon Mollan, Leo McCann 

Alexei Stakhanov, Stakhanovism, and Human Resource Management: An investigation into the cultural history of ideal workers (695) Bogdan Costea, Peter Watt 


SESSION 6 08:30 – 10.00 FULL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: James Fowler Knowledge flows and industrial clusters: assessing the sources of competitive advantage in two English regions (717) John Wilson, Chris Corker, Joe Lane 

Key Research Themes in African Business History: A structured literature review (811) Stephanie Decker, Nicolaas Strydom, Julia Fernando 

Mechanization and craft: Insights from a historical study on engineering (780) Mirva Peltoniemi, Antti Sihvonen 


SESSION 7 15:15 – 16.45 FULL PAPER SESSION (In Person) 

Session Chair: Alex Gillett 

British interwar management: a response to Maclean et al (176) John Wilson, John Quail 

Exploring the role of history in the institutional maintenance process: Case of the Godzilla movie in Japan (466) Shunsuke Furuta, Yun Jeong Kim, Otsuki Hiroshi 

Writing Collective History: Analyzing Traditional and Regional Cluster in Actor-network Theory (467) Yusuke Inoue, Takehisa Yamada, Hiroshi Togo 

BAM conference 2021 – Management & Business History Track

BAM2021 Conference in the Cloud, Lancaster University Management School.

31st August – 3rd September 2021

BAM2021 Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Paper submission site opens (15th January)
  • Deadline to submit paper (5th March)
  • Review process starts (12th March)
  • Paper acceptance notification (29th April)
  • Deadline for at least ONE author to register for the Conference (28th May)
  • Final paper upload (18th June)
  • Asynchronous paper presentation deadline (16th July)

Link to Conference and Paper Submission Guidelines:

Track:Management and Business History

Track Chairs: James Fowler, University of Essex

 Roy Edwards, University of Southampton

Track description: This track encourages the growing number of management and business historians who work in business schools and social science departments to engage in constructive debate with a wide range of management scholars. The 2021 conference theme, ‘‘Covid Economy Recovery and the Role of Responsible Management’’, is a superb opportunity to explore the value of historical study for current management. This year the conference will remain online, but we are keen to offer the opportunity for all accepted papers to be presented live online and to receive the kind of commentary and feedback that would normally be expected at a face to face conference.

In this track we specialize in chronologically or longitudinally motivated research. Histories of organizations, industries and institutions give us the opportunity to understand how managers have dealt with crises in the past. History is replete with disasters of varying magnitude. We would welcome papers that explore how economies and wider society have responded to extreme circumstances – from war to natural disasters and economic collapse, humanity has been remarkably resilient in dealing with adversity. But how has this happened? What has been the role of the private and public sector in dealing with emergency?

We welcome papers, symposia or workshop proposals either using new and innovative methodologies or applying archival methodology to a new disciplinary context. We are also interested in context specific papers using more traditional historical methodology but which take innovative approaches to relate their findings to wider social science concerns including the diversity of experience in present day businesses, regions and communities. While the main conference theme ought to feature prominently in all submissions, we encourage cross-disciplinary papers and workshop submissions that link different Tracks.

As a group we are inherently multi-disciplinary and believe in the application of theory to historical analysis, and there is no single epistemology for approaching this. We aim to encourage theoretically orientated social science history with a clear relationship to present day debates in the management discipline. Contributions might focus on but are not limited to: the economic or social history of business, historical case studies for theory building, theoretical contributions on the relevance of history to management studies, the uses of history, history as a method for management studies. Please note that while we are open-minded work not featuring a historical dimension, broadly defined, will not be accepted.

This article is a useful initial point of reference:

Tennent, K. (2020). Management and business history – a reflexive research agenda for the 2020s. Journal of Management History

These articles offer commentary on the ‘dual integrity’ of business history methods as a combination of social science and historical craft:

Decker, S., Usidken, B., Engwall, L. & Rowlinson, M. (2018). Special issue introduction: Historical research on institutional change. Business History, 60(5). pp613-627.

Maclean, M., Harvey, C. and Clegg, S.R., (2016). Conceptualizing historical organization studies. Academy of Management Review, 41(4), pp.609-632. DOI:

Rowlinson, M., Hassard, J. & Decker, S. (2014). Research Strategies for Organisational History: A Dialogue between Historical Theory and Organisation Theory. Academy of Management Review, 39(3), pp250–274. DOI:

BAM2020 and how history can help us to “Take Race Seriously”

It’s been a great start to the BAM2020 Conference in the Cloud today. A genuinely nice way to start the new academic years, which is nearly upon us (and promises to be a genuinely strange experience at universities everywhere). And as it is 2020, the conference is of course virtual, and consequently in a different format. Individual presentations only take place asynchronously, so I am not clear how much feedback and engagement anyone who has submitted papers will receive, but it is an interesting innovation.

The main conference is now a series of panel discussion around key topics, which so far have been informative and practical (such as “The Art of Reviewing”) as well as timely and topical. The BAM fellows session addressed issues of “Taking Race Seriously”, and highlighted not just what is happening in businesses and other organizations, but also in academia. Prof Nelarine Cornelius emphasised the role that a more critical approach to teaching business and imperial history could play in making our curricula more diverse. She particularly referred to the role of chartered companies, such as the East India company, and merchant venturers as creating the institutions that anchored global trade – an influence that continues to the present day. Including any history in business school curricula, either as standalone modules or within existing ones, is often advocated (particularly when there’s a crisis on) but it is not clear how to engage students in history when this is not what they came to management and business schools for. Mention anything before the year 2000, and enjoy the puzzled look in your students faces (back when you could actually still see them).

When it comes to thinking about how to draw on history to raise awareness for the racist and violent expansion of imperialist powers in the “First Global Economy”, it brings with it a critical and at times subversive view on the very models and approaches that we teach. Whether it is the origins of management ideas in the plantation economy of the antebellum South US (and therefore in the management of slave labour) or a more general reassessment of how we think management ideas were developed – this kind of knowledge challenges what we thing we know about the past as much as the present.

But it also raises the issue that perhaps not enough of this research has taken place and that there is a scarcity of material out there that we can teach our students about. It is not solely WHAT to teach them (although that is an issue as well), but also HOW to link this into the broader curriculum and learning objectives. It is of course one way in which business and management schools could decolonise the curriculum, but finding and integrating such resources is not always easily done. This was particularly highlighted by a very interested talk I chaired for the Business History Collective (on Twitter: @bizhiscol) last week. Profs Leon C Prieto and Simone Phipps talked about their research about the ‘hidden’ pioneers of African-American management thought, focusing on three individuals few management scholars may have heard of, because their contribution to business history and management ideas were ignored in many ways, both at the time and by posterity. You can access a recording of their talk here (you will need to enter this password: 0?bUF83n).

Going forward, we will hopefully see more of this kind of research that we can bring into our teaching. While business and management journals, of course, continue to publish a wide variety of research, there is a noticeable shift in many mainstream journals towards engaging with these issues. See, for example, a recent issue in AMLE featuring articles bringing historical and postcolonial perspectives to bear on management education. Nevertheless, such work still needs to contribute to theory and address the key concerns of journals by making a connection to existing conversations. Tomorrow, BAM2020 will start with our regular Meet the Editors session – again chaired by yours truly. Even if you cannot be there, do make sure you watch the really informative advance video of the editors of BJM, IJMR, EMJ and JMS, which is a great resource to better understand how to get published in these journals. As historical research is becoming more mainstream and the issues with what we think we know about the origins of management practices and thought ever more apparent and controversial, it is important to join these wider conversations.

New African Studies track at BAM2020

I am really pleased that BAM now has, in addition to the long-standing Business and Management History track, a new track for African Studies that is open to wide variety of approaches, including historical research.

We would like to bring to your attention a new track on African Studies for the BAM 2020 conference in Manchester. The African Studies track is committed to examining submissions that foster dialogue on contemporary African research which directly impacts BAM members and the wellbeing of the broader academic research community. We are especially keen to receive full and development papers (both conceptual and empirical based) as well as workshop styled interventions on the following topical areas:  

  • African entrepreneurial process & other spatial/temporal issues on African entrepreneurship.
  • African culture, alternative institutions and indigenous networks.
  • Policy & practice issues on African development and SMEs.
  • African development finance, including formal & informal sources of finance, financial bootstrapping, small business, venture capital, & bank credits. 
  • African leadership and leadership development.
  • African research on female & gender entrepreneurship.
  • African  research methodologies & methods

We have an open list for potential submissions but are interested in papers which explore an African theme. The BAM2020 submission site can be located via the following link: We look forward to your submissions.

Track Chairs

Dr. Kingsley Omeihe, Edinburgh Napier University    

Dr. Christian Harrison, University of the West of Scotland
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SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme

Online application form now available

The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM) are pleased to announce that the online application form for the SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme is now availble by registering at:

The scheme partnership strengthens the commitment of both organisations to support management research and promote capacity building.

The SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme

SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building grants are aimed at researchers who want to develop an empirical research project that:

  • Enables capacity building by bringing together a group of researchers from at least two HE institutions, including early career as well as experienced researchers
  • Produces novel conceptual outcomes based on rigorous, innovative use of methods and by developing original ways of thinking to address complex management problems
  • Demonstrates the social value of management research conducted in the public interest

It is envisaged that projects will normally involve researchers at two or more HE institutions in order to foster a culture of intellectual collaboration and enable capacity building. The intention of the scheme is to widen access of opportunity and increase the diversity and inclusivity of management research. Applications may address this in various ways, including by proposing an interdisciplinary research project if appropriate. Priority will be given to proposals with clear and effective publication, dissemination and impact plans.

The maximum value of each award is £150,000. The duration of projects will be between 24 months (minimum) and 36 months (maximum).

Principal Investigators must be based in a UK HE institution and will normally be located in a School of Management or Business. Co-Investigators may be based in HE institutions outside the UK. HE institutions will be limited to submitting one application (as host institution/Principal Investigator) in response to each annual Scheme call.

The Principal Investigator and all Co-Investigators who are based in Schools of Management or Business must be BAM Members and have active BAM membership for the duration of the project. It is a condition of award that that research findings are presented at a BAM annual conference during the funding period.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview by the SAMS/BAM Grant Award Committee in November 2019.

Applicants are advised to read the SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Application Guidance, available below, before making an application to the Scheme.

Current members of BAM and SAMS Councils are not eligible to apply as Prinicipal Investigators or be named as Co-Investigators


  • Grant scheme launch July 2019
  • Submission system opens 8th August 2019
  • Application deadline 30th September 2019 (17:00 BST)
  • Notification of results December 2019
  • Earliest award start date 31st January 2020


Applications must be submitted electronically via the application portal.

It is recommended that you draft your application in a separate Word document before inputting your answers in to the Award Force application form to prevent the possibility of losing your work.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions, Financial Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions available at before completing this application form.

The application deadline is 30th September 2019, 17:00 (BST)


If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact the British Academy of Management Grants Administrator, Stuart Hull, by email at

  • You may edit your application after submitting up to the application deadline.
  • Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details, as this will be used in he awards presentation if selected for funding
  • You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category if required.

BJM seeks new Co-Editors-in-Chief

British Journal of Management (BJM)

Appointment of Co-Editors-in-Chief (two posts available)

Person specification

It is essential for the candidate to:
• Have demonstrable experience, knowledge and understanding of journal publishing evidenced by factors such as being a journal editor, an associate/consultant editor or an editor of special issues of top-quality academic journals.
• Have a world-class research record as evidenced by publications in top-ranked relevant academic journals coupled with other relevant factors
• Have a demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the different sub-fields of management research evidenced by publication/grants/roles in university or other bodies
• Have a demonstrable capacity to handle a demanding workload
• Have a demonstrable ability to work constructively with others in the publishing community, in particular co-editors, associate editors, authors, reviewers and the British Academy of Management (the Academy)
Job Description
• At all times to work closely with the other Editor(s) in Chief, to achieve the job description and objectives set down by the British Academy of Management, and to maintain good communications about all aspects of the journal with the Academy’s Executive Committee and relevant sub-committee. The Editors report to the Vice Chair(s) for Research & Publications
• Develop and implement a strategy to further enhance the position of BJM in the academic community and in relation to other leading management journals, and to obtain support for significant changes in direction from the Academy’s Executive Committee and Research & Publications sub-committee
• Oversee the manuscript commissioning and review processes that include: working with the Co-Editor in Chief and a team of Associate Editors to decide whether to commission special articles and to decide when an article should be accepted for publication; to commission and oversee the production of special issues; to build the reviewer community of the journal
• Work closely with the Managing Editor and the office of the journal to achieve the highest level of performance in the eyes of its stakeholders
• To manage the day to day relationships with the publisher (currently Wiley), to monitor their performance with respect to the journal, and to advise the Academy’s Executive Committee on all strategic issues relating to this relationship
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• To lead the editorial team in its work in an energetic and appropriate manner as ambassadors for the journal in the BAM, and wider academic, community
• Attend Council Meetings, Meetings of the Research & Publications Sub-Committee and the Academy Annual Conference in September
• To continue to build and enhance the quality, rigour and significance of papers published in the Journal
• To work towards maintaining and improving the position of BJM in relation to other journals as regards impact factor and journal rankings
• To work closely with Associate Editors to ensure that authors are offered constructive and developmental feedback
• To be aware of the publishing ‘landscape’ within the business and management community, and to ensure that BJM keeps up to date with new practices and editorial procedures
The British Academy of Management supports the publication of its high-quality journals for the benefit of its membership and the wider community.

Key Data

The BJM was first published in 1990, under the editorship of Professor Sir Cary Cooper, and is in its 30th Volume. The journal is currently jointly edited by Professors Geoffrey Wood and Pawan Budhwar, who both reach the end of their terms of office in December 2019. Its international reputation has grown rapidly in recent years and its 2017 impact factor stands at 3.059, placing BJM 39th (out of 140) for business journals and 54th (out of 209) for management journals.
Overview BJM is the flagship journal of the British Academy of Management. It provides an excellent outlet for research and scholarship on management-related themes and topics. It publishes articles which are of a multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and internationally significant nature, and which are committed to making a positive social impact through thoughtful scholarship. With contributions from around the globe, the journal includes empirical and methodological articles across the full range of business and management disciplines, including: • General Management • Human Resource Management • Organizational Behaviour • Management Development • Accounting and Finance • Business Ethics • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion • Strategic Management
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• Marketing • Operations Management • R&D Management • Business Economics • Public Sector Management • Research Methods BJM does not accept review papers and papers based on surveys of students. BJM complements the other publications produced by the British Academy of Management and is deliberately targeted at a wide readership interested in business and management. The journal publishes authoritative literature surveys and reviews. These address the intellectual and academic needs of the broad academic management community both in the UK and on a wider global scale.
The journal receives in excess of 400 manuscripts a year (this has increased substantially under the current editors) and the average time for first decisions (which is accept, revise & resubmit, or reject after a first round of review) is 80 days. The average time for desk rejection is 7 days.
BJM is part of the Academy’s growing portfolio of journals which includes the International Journal of Management Reviews. It publishes four or five issues a year. The Co-Editors-in-Chief sit on BAM’s Council and so make a significant contribution to its broader communication / publishing strategy. In addition, they make an important contribution to the annual September conference.
The selection of the Co-Editors-in-Chief will be made by the Academy’s Research and Publications Committee and the persons appointed will be expected to work closely with that Committee in developing the future strategy of the journal.
All applications will be treated confidentially.
Applications should be made by sending a CV and covering letter to Madeleine Barrows, CEO, British Academy of Management at by noon on Friday 31st May 2019. Interviews with the Academy’s Research & Publications Sub-Committee Appointments Panel will take place in June 2019.
The successful candidate will be expected to work with and ‘shadow’ the existing editor during a transition period prior to taking up the role in January 2020 or soon thereafter. The appointment is for 3 years, renewable once by mutual agreement.
Applicants can contact Emma Bell ( or Nelarine Cornelius (, Co-Vice Chairs of the BAM Research and Publications Sub-Committee, for an informal discussion of the nature of the editorial task and support that BAM gives its Editors.
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The British Academy of Management
The British Academy of Management was founded in 1986 and is the leading community for management scholars. The organisation has a current membership of approximately 2000 individuals, about 20% of whom are internationally based. The Academy provides a variety of training and development workshops and programmes for academics at various stages of their career. A 3-day annual conference and 1-day Doctoral Symposium are also held in September at various locations within the UK. Revenue is generated primarily from the two journals, the annual conference, and other training and development activities.
The Academy also has a significant role in representing the community to government and research councils and has established links with a number of related organisations both in the UK and internationally.
Further information about the journal may be found on its dedicated webpages at .
Further information about the Academy is available on its website:, where links to its social media presences may also be found.

BAM grant portal

The British Academy of Management (The Academy) grant portal for 2019 grants is now open and the deadline to submit applications through the system is Monday 15th April at 17:00 (GMT).
You can register for an account and begin your application at

The Schemes

  • Transitions 1 – aimed at Academy members who are early in their career who hold a PhD awarded within 5 years before the closing date of the scheme, and who wish to develop an empirical research project that advances business and management scholarship and improves their research capacities. Proposals may be related to any subject area within the Academy’s intellectual remit.
  • Transitions 2 – aimed at Academy members who are experienced researchers and who wish to develop an empirical research project that advances business and management scholarship and develops their research capacities in an empirical or intellectual domain. Proposals may be related to any subject area within the Academy’s intellectual remit.
  • Management Knowledge and Education – aimed atAcademy members who want to propose a research project that informs the scholarly debate around management knowledge and education: on management learning and teaching, pedagogy, andragogy, leadership development or the generation and circulation of management knowledge and knowing.
  • ANZAM/BAM Collaborative Research Award – The purpose of this scheme is to support and advance international research collaborations between management researchers in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.  The scheme is based on a partnership between the Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) and the British Academy of Management (BAM). The scheme gives priority for the development of ANZAM/BAM members who are at an early stage in their careers, defined by being less than 5 years after completing their PhD at the date of closing of applications. A noticeboard will be available on the Academy website to facilitate communication between management researchers in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.


Important Information
All applications must be submitted via this grants portal.  Principal Investigators should register their application in their own name.

It is recommended that you write the application in a separate Word document in the first instance, and then copy this across to the online application portal in order to prevent the possibility of losing your work.  Late applications will not be accepted and you are advised to submit your application well in advance of the deadline.


All Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators must be a member of British Academy of Management (or Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management for Investigators from Australia or New Zealand to the ANZAM/BAM Collaborative Research Award).  Non-members wishing to apply to the scheme can join the Academy before submitting the application. Applications are invited from individuals or teams (which also includes industry partnerships).  Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators who have previously held grants must not be within two years of the completion of their previous project by the closing date for the Grant Schemes.

Academy Members can submit to only one of the Grant Schemes, whether as Principal Investigator(PI) or Co-Investigator(CI).
More information about each of the Academy Grants Schemes can be found via the following link:

If you have any questions about the Schemes, please contact the British Academy of Management Grants Administrator, Stuart Hull, at

Best wishes

The British Academy of Management Grants Team