SI on Narratives & Business History now out!

I am very pleased to announce that the final issue of the year for Business History is the excellent special issue on narratives in Business History, edited by Mads Mordhorst & Stefan Schwarzkopf.

Business History, Volume 59, Issue 8, November 2017 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Narrative Turn and Business History

This new issue contains the following articles:

Original Articles

Theorising narrative in business history
Mads Mordhorst & Stefan Schwarzkopf
Pages: 1155-1175 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1357697

The strategic use of historical narratives: a theoretical framework
William M. Foster, Diego M. Coraiola, Roy Suddaby, Jochem Kroezen & David Chandler
Pages: 1176-1200 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1224234

How business historians can save the world – from the fallacy of self-made success
Pamela Walker Laird
Pages: 1201-1217 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1251904

Narrative, metaphor and the subjective understanding of historic identity transition
Mairi Maclean , Charles Harvey & Lindsay Stringfellow
Pages: 1218-1241 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1223048

Writing business history: Creating narratives
Andrew Popp & Susanna Fellman
Pages: 1242-1260 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1250742

Narrating histories of women at work: Archives, stories, and the promise of feminism
Gabrielle Durepos, Alan McKinlay & Scott Taylor
Pages: 1261-1279 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1276900

Histories of leadership in the Copenhagen Phil – A cultural view of narrativity in studies of leadership in symphony orchestras
Søren Friis Møller
Pages: 1280-1302 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1335306
Book Reviews

La place financière de Paris au xxe siècle. Des ambitions contrariées
Hubert Bonin
Pages: 1303-1305 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1156219

Les concessions hydroélectriques dans le grand sud-ouest, Histoire et débats 1902/2015
Alain Beltran
Pages: 1305-1306 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1321165

Wall streeters: The creators and corruptors of American finance
C. Edoardo Altamura
Pages: 1306-1308 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1326434

America’s bank: The epic struggle to create the Federal Reserve
Linda Arch
Pages: 1308-1309 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1326435

Start with the future and work back: a heritage management manifesto
Daniele Pozzi
Pages: 1310-1311 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1328995

The international aluminium cartel, 1886–1978: The business and politics of a cooperative industrial institution
Valerio Cerretano
Pages: 1311-1313 | DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1331544


ESRC seminar 3: Narrative Construction of Memory

On December 10, 2015 CBS hosted the ESRC workshop on the Narrative Construction of Memory. The program and pictures are below.


9.00 – 9.30 Welcome & Introduction

9.30 – 10.15 Tor Hernes, Copenhagen Business School: Temporal Trajectory and Organizational Narrative

10.15 – 11.00 Robin Holt, Copenhagen Business School: Memory and Mnemosyne

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 Dan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific: Creating Histories without a Past: Uses of History in the Entrepreneurial Processes

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.15 Ronald Kroeze, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: The Use of History and Narratives by Dutch Top Managers and Companies

14.15 – 14.30 Coffee

14.30 – 15.15 Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria: Rhetorical History and Narrative History

15.15 – 16.00 Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School: Narratives as the Basis of Memory and History

16.00 – 16:30 Discussion & Conclusion


Seminar Program ‘The Narrative Construction of Memory’

Program for the ESRC Seminar ‘The Narrative Construction of Memory’

December 10, 2015 – Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

 9.00 – 9.30           Welcome & Introduction

9.30 – 10.15         Tor Hernes, CBS: “Temporal Trajectory and Organizational Narrative”

10.15 – 11.00       Robin Holt, CBS: “Memory and Mnemosyne”

11.00 – 11.15       Coffee

11.15 – 12.00       Dan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific: “Projecting Plausible Futures: Uses of Historical Narratives in the Entrepreneurial Process”

12.00 – 13.00       Lunch

13.00 – 14.15       Ronald Kroeze, Free University of Amsterdam: “The Use of History and Narratives by Dutch Top Managers and Companies”

14.15 – 14.30       Coffee

14.30 – 15.15       Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria: “Rhetorical History and Narrative History”

15.15 – 16.00       Per Hansen, CBS: “Narratives as the Basis of Memory and History”

16.00 – 16.15       Coffee

16.15 – 17.00       Discussion & Conclusion

For further information, please see the poster.

Job advert: AHRC funded Studentship at Leicester University

Re-evaluating the 1980s and 1990s Through Life Histories: Politics, Privatisation and the Culture of Government Research

This project, based on oral history fieldwork, will consider how changes in the workplace that were driven by the politics of the period were linked to more general social and cultural change during the 1980s and 1990s. The specific focus will be on the working lives and careers of government scientists, whose workplace environments were transformed by commercialisation and privatisation.

This project is an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the British Library, where the student will be based.

Closing Date for Applications: 1 Dec 2015

Start Date: January 2016

Informal Enquiries

Dr Sally Horrocks, T: 0116 252 5070 E:

Further details available

Joint ESRC-CBS event in December

“The narrative construction of memory”

Our next event in the ESRC seminar series will be hosted jointly with Copenhagen Business School on 10 December, 2015, from 9:00-17:00.

The seminar bring together scholars from history, organization studies and management, with interest in narrative construction of history and memory and organizations.


Tor Hernes (Copenhagen Business School): ‘Temporal trajectory and organizational narrative’
Sjoerd Keulen (Independent Scholar) & Ronald Kroeze (Free University of Amsterdam): ‘The use of history and the creation of narratives by Dutch companies’
Per Hansen (Copenhagen Business School): ‘Narratives as the basis of memory and history”
Dan Wadhwani (University of the Pacific): ‘Projecting Plausible Futures: Uses of historical narratives in the Entrepreneurial Process’
Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria & Newcastle University Business School): ‘Rhetorical history and narrative history’
Robin Holt (Copenhagen Business School): ‘Memory and Mnemosyne’

To sign up, please go to:

For more information see the flyer: Biz_His Narrative Memory

Please note that CBS will host a PDW on 9 December in conjunction with the ESRC event as part of their Business History Initiative.