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.”

BRIDGE research grant for “Historical Perspectives on De-globalization and Geopolitics”

Profs Stephanie Decker (BBS) and Marcelo Bucheli (UIUC) were awarded a BRIDGE seedcorn funding for their research project on “De-globalization and geopolitics – the impact of economic nationalism and economic security on business diplomacy, and corporate political activity” (DeGEO). The geopolitical environment of international business has significantly changed n response to increased nationalism globally. Yet the current trend for de-globalization should be seen in the context of varying appetites for international integration across the 20th century. The joint University of Birmingham – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign BRIDGE project will study the political and diplomatic strategies developed by multinational corporations in times of deglobalization.  In the present times, hostility to globalization and renewed calls for protectionism have created a challenging political environment for multinational corporations.  How multinationals have adapted to deglobalization and nationalism in the past can provide insights into current deglobalization trends. The project builds on previous collaboration by the investigators and will focus on developing high-quality publications and a publicly accessible short-form book on the history of multinationals.

The “Birmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement and Education” (BRIDGE) was signed in March 2014 by the University of Birmingham’s Vice-Chancellor and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Chancellor at the University of Illinois. The BRIDGE agreement establishes a framework for creative knowledge exchange across disciplines through frequent, purposeful, face-to-face meetings between faculty, staff and students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. What makes the BRIDGE partnership so distinctive is that it is genuinely multi-disciplinary, with over 70 cross-faculty links spanning Biosciences, Economic and Physical Geography, Psychology, Neuroscience, Environmental Genomics, Railway Engineering, Maths, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, American & Canadian Studies, Classics, History of Art, African Studies, Cultural Heritage and Education.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Birmingham jointly established the BRIDGE Seed Fund of $200,000 to stimulate wider academic engagement between the two universities. The BRIDGE framework aims to deepen these existing collaborations and develop wider faculty networks to: build cognate research areas; expand educational exchange opportunities; and strengthen strategic aspirations for institutional engagement.

Event: Origins & evolution of professional football clubs

Register now for this in person event on The origins and evolution of professional football clubs from a business, management, and organizational history perspective taking place on the 22nd – 23rd June at Birkbeck, University of London. 

Professional football provides fertile ground for historians interested in exploring continuity and change. It has undergone considerable change and evolution in terms of its identification as an industry – historically football identified as a representative competition between locales, and in many countries profit or even turnover were not considered significant in the purpose of clubs. The entry of broadcasting and the opportunities for related entrepreneurship and licensing in the context of the game have created the opportunity for much of the change that the game has undergone, with a considerable increase the problem of “appropriability” (Buchanan, 1965; Demsetz, 1970; Coase, 1988), in which club owners have struggled to capture the benefits of these innovations, although they have often pushed to exploit them. Many of the benefits have flowed to players, who have seen increased status through the “economics of superstars” (Rosen, 1981) where highly talented played have seen their bargaining powers increase.

 We invite papers looking at club football from a management and business history perspective, especially those drawing on archival or oral history research.  Papers should seek to contribute to a developing stream of research including Dizin et al (2004), Walters and Hamil (2013), Gillett and Tennent (2017) and Fernández-de-Sevilla (2021). Secondly, following Gillett and Tennent (2020) we aim to broaden the realm of business and management history by providing opportunities to look at theoretical and empirical themes related to the professional football industry such as project-based enterprise, hybridity, or the role of not-for-profit organisations in business.

Benefits of attending 
  • Receive critical feedback on and review of in-progress academic work
  • Network with academics and practitioners in the field with the potential to encourage impact collaboration
  • Understand the current state of academic work on management and business in the football industry
  • Professor Geoff Walters, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Sean Hamil, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Dr Kevin Tennent, University of York
  • Dr Alex Gillett, University of York

Venue details:

  • School of Business, Economics and Infomatics
  • Birkbeck College
  • Malet St,
  • London
  • WC1E 7HX
Event Fee 
  • BAM Members: £10
  • BAM Student Members : Free (10 places available)
  • Non -BAM Members : £20
If you are booking multiple paid events as a Non-Member, it may be cheaper for you to purchase a BAM Membership as nearly all BAM Events are free or at a discounted rate for Members.

For more information, please visit BAM Membership

To register please login to your account and proceed with the registration for the event by pressing the “book now” button on the top right side of the workshop page. Please complete the registration by the 23.59 UK time on the 8th June.

Please contact us via e-mail at eventsofficer@bam.ac.uk should you have any queries. 

CfP Archives of Economic Life

Archives of Economic Life

A Researching Event for Historians of Capitalism and Corporate Archivists

The Centre for Economic Cultures at the University of Manchester invites submissions for a two-day networking workshop for historians of economic life in the UK, to be held on June 8 and 9, 2023. The workshop will bring together early- and mid-career researchers in the history of capitalism, business, and economic life to discuss research interests and reflect on the history of capitalism in the UK. Scholars will not only engage with each other but will also work with archivists from some of the leading corporate collections in the UK, exploring opportunities for collaboration and research development.

The organizers are keen to identify scholars in the UK pursuing the history of global capitalism and interested in the possibilities that corporate archives might provide in terms of knowledge mobilization and impact agendas. The history of capitalism is understood capaciously – including the history of economic life, business, political economy, consumption, labour, and economic thought – as well as transnationally, and a variety of methodological approaches are welcome. Proceedings will include small-group workshops to discuss shared challenges, presentations of research agendas/works in progress, and panel discussions. The emphasis will be on meeting and discussing rather than formal presentations, but participants should expect to speak about their research agendas and works-in-progress.

Please send an email to the organizer, Dr. Alexia Yates (alexia.yates@manchester.ac.uk) outlining your interest in the workshop, along with a short CV (2 pages) and a 300-word description of a relevant work-in-progress by May 12, 2023. Funding from the AHRC is available to support travel and accommodation expenses.

Lecturer in Business History & Heritage

Lectureship (T&R) in Business History and Heritage

– closing date 11 of May 2023 –

The new post is in the Department of Business and Society at the School of Business and Management (QMUL).


The post holder will contribute to our  BSc Management in which we already offer two modules in Business and Management in Historical Context year 1 (compulsory) and Business and History Year 2 (elective). In addition, we would like to add another module in year 3. The post holder will also contribute to the MSc Heritage Management (a program that is directed and mostly delivered by Dr Ed Legon a Social and Business Historian). 

We are interested in established lecturers but also (and perhaps especially) in scholars that have just submitted their PhD or achieved their doctorate recently. 

Dr Giuliano Maielli

Reader in Organisation Studies
Head of Department of Business and Society
School of Business and Management
Queen Mary, University of London


Method & Madness – New Special Issue Out!

On September 22, 2022, the BHC held its second annual mid-year meeting. The theme of the virtual event was “Method and Madness: Historical Interpretation in a New Age of Extremes.” One-hundred, twenty-six people participated, 41 percent of whom were emerging scholars and 55 percent of whom were based outside the United States. 

We are pleased to announce the publication of a collection of peer-reviewed essays based on the conference. The essays all touch of the value of play and playfulness in research methods – especially during historical moments of uncertainty and transformation. They are grouped into four themes: new sources of play, seeing anew, sensing new connections, and entertaining new representations. A list of the essays can be found below and they are all freely available until September and can be found here



Methods of Musement

Practice of playAuthorsEssay title 
IntroductionWadhwani, SorensenMethods of Musement
  New Sources for PlayKirsch, Decker, Nix, Girish Jain & Kuppili Venkata. Using Born-Digital Archives for Business History: EMCODIST and the Case of E-Mail
Zeng & TaoSocial Media as a source
BlackNoticing Material Culture
 Seeing AnewBallor, Recio & VanattaSurveillance Archive: Using Reports in Business History
VanAccount Books as Social Technologies
   Sensing New ConnectionsHisano & KubeEngaging with Experiences: The Senses as Lenses in Business History
Rinaldi, Salvaj, Pak & HalginDatabases, Network Analysis and Business History
 Villamor, Prieto-Nañez & Kirsch The Promise Of Machine-Learning- Driven Text Analysis Techniques For Historical Research: Topic Modeling And Word Embedding.
Entertaining New RepresentationsStaley & AssmusenModels, Objects and Ghosts: Visualizing History
Wilson & TilbaBusiness History and the ‘Practical Turn’

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.

Fully-funded doctoral positions in economic history

The Unit for Economic History at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has now an open call for applications to our Ph.D. program in economic history. I would be most grateful if you would be willing to help distribute this call to any student of yours who might be interested in applying.

Starting date is in September 2023. The positions are fully funded, salaried positions for four years. Two of the positions are open to applicants intending to do research on any topic in the field of economic history. The third position is open for applicants intending to do research in the field of business history.

Last day of application is: 2023-05-22

More information via the links below:

English: 3 PhD students in Economic History

Job advert – Social History (Glasgow)

Lecturer in Social History

University of Glasgow – School of Social & Political Sciences

Salary:£37,474 to £53,353
Hours:Full Time
Contract Type:Permanent
Placed On:6th March 2023
Closes:11th April 2023
Job Ref:111209

The School of Social and Political Sciences is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Social History. The post holder will conduct research in modern social history as well as deliver teaching in the Economic and Social History subject area at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This post fits within the School’s thematic priority of addressing historical legacies and inequalities, and we welcome applicants with expertise in any area of Black history from the eighteenth century onwards. This could include but need not be limited to a focus on Black British, (post-) colonial or Commonwealth history.

The post holder be based in the Economic and Social History subject area, where they will develop, lead and sustain research and scholarship of international standard and strengthen links and demonstrate impact with colleagues across and beyond the University and with non-academic bodies as appropriate to their specialism. They will contribute to the delivery of an excellent student experience by delivering, organising and reviewing teaching and assessment processes to enhance learning and teaching.

The post-holder will also undertake administration and service activities in line with the School/College’s strategic objectives.

This post is full time (35 hrs per week) and open ended.

Informal Enquiries should be directed to Dr Rosemary Elliot rosemary.elliot@glasgow.ac.uk

For further information on the School of Social and Political Sciences, please visit www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical

Apply online at my.corehr.com/pls/uogrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=111209      

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

For further information see: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CXZ032/lecturer-in-social-history

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: https://www.theabh.org/conferences. 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 m.aldous@qub.ac.uk. Please use the subject line “Tony Slaven Workshop” and submit by 24 March 2023