Why Are There So Few 3-D Printers in Factory Asia?

12 03 2015

Last November, 3D Revolutions posted this map showing the locations of 3-D printers around the world.  The source of the underlying data wasn’t given, but if we assume that this map is an accurate representation of where most of the world’s 3-D printers are, it raises the question of why there are so few in East Asia relative to the importance of that region as a manufacturing powerhouse. Japan and South Korea obviously have high GDP per capita similar to Western Europe, but they’ve got relatively few 3-D printers. Is language or culture a factor?

What do my readers think?

P.S. I’m posting Salon‘s now iconic image of 3-d printing (actually, it’s not a real 3-printer, just a regular printer with a hand gun in the output tray). A picture of a real 3-D printer is below.

Daniel Littman on Cashbox

11 03 2015

Daniel Littman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has published a review of Tom Harper and Bernardo Batiz-Lazo’s 2013 book “Cashbox: The Invention and Globalization of the ATM.”

The banking and payments industries are rarely the focus of popular or accessible studies of innovation. But these industries have their share of everyday objects that have come to represent consumers’ relationship with the payments system and with their own bank accounts. Take, for instance, banknotes, coins, and checks, which emerged centuries ago, as well as credit cards, ATMs, and debit cards (invented in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, respectively). These objects have innovation histories just as messy, incremental, and surprising as the light bulb.

A new book, Cash Box: The Invention and Globalization of the ATM, takes banking innovation out of the darkness and gives it the credit it deserves as an everyday object with which consumers across the world regularly interact—and take for granted as part of the modern landscape.

CFP: Management History Research Group Annual Workshop

11 03 2015

The Management History Research Group Annual Workshop, Tuesday 21 July and Wednesday 22 July 2015 at the University of York, UK. 

This year the Management History Research Group meeting will remember two important figures in the foundation of the MHRG, Derek Pugh and Andrew Thomson. Derek Pugh was a path-breaking contributor to management thought, particularly through his 1971 edited volume Organization Theory which helped to establish organizational behavior as a field of enquiry. Pugh’s team, known as the ‘Aston School’, was important in furthering this field.  In his later career, at The Open University Business School, Pugh went on to help found the MHRG with Andrew Thomson. As well as the MHRG, Thomson was a founder of the British Academy of Management and served as Dean of the Open University Business School. In the management history field he co-authored The Making of Modern Management: British Management in a Historical Perspective with John F. Wilson, and with Edward Brech and John F. Wilson published a biography of Lyndall Urwick, the British pioneer of scientific management.

The Management History Research Group Meeting 2015 will be hosted by The York Management School at the University of York. The theme of the workshop will be “The scholarship of Derek Pugh and Andrew Thomson”, and we encourage papers that engage with the themes covered by Pugh and Thomson during their working lives, such as organizational behavior and the history of the management profession. As usual, papers can also be on any topic in the field of MOH, broadly conceived. Heterodox approaches are especially well received. Panel proposals are also welcome.

We welcome three types of submission:

Full Papers c. 2,000 words, excluding references.  These papers are expected to be works progress and will be peer reviewed. They will be circulated to the participants in the workshop.

Developmental Papers/Presentations c. 500 words, excluding references.  These papers/presentations are expected to be at a more formative stage of production should be presented with a view to gaining feedback for further development.

PhD/Post-doc Presentations. There will also be a session for PhD students and Postdocs who wish to gain feedback for their work from experienced scholars. Papers for this session should be c. 500 words excluding references.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 4 May at 5pm. Late submissions will not be considered. Please email submissions and any queries to:


It’s Out! The Lion Wakes: A Modern History of HSBC

10 03 2015

The Lion Wakes: A Modern History of HSBC by David Kynaston and Richard Roberts was published a few days ago. This book has been eagerly anticipated by a number of historians.

The Lion Wakes tells the modern story of HSBC, starting in the late 1970s, when the bank first broke out of the Asia-Pacific region with its purchase of Marine Midland Bank in the US. It follows HSBC’s battle to purchase Midland Bank in1992, the subsequent move of head office from Hong Kong to London, and the string of acquisitions that brought the bank to its pre-eminent place in global finance today. Acclaimed historians Richard Roberts and David Kynaston chronicle the bank’s struggles as well as its successes: the last part of the book deals with the ill-fated move into consumer finance in the US, as well as the financial crisis of 2008 and its effect on HSBC. Impeccably researched and generously illustrated from the HSBC archives, this is a valuable addition to global financial history.

At least one review has already been published. Given that HSBC has been in the news a fair bit recently, I’m certain that this book will be a publishing success!

David Kynaston is a critically acclaimed historian and author, and the recipient of a Spear’s Book Award for his lifetime achievement as a British historian. His books include a three volume history of postwar Britain; Austerity Britain (longlisted for The Orwell Prize), Family Britainand Modernity Britain (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize), which has sold 150,000 copies, as well as a four-volume history of the City of London, and the centenary history of the Financial Times. Richard Roberts, a professor at King’s College London, is the author of studies of Schroders, Equitable Life, Orion, and the financial crisis of 1914.

Request for Help With JEL Codes

9 03 2015

I’m trying to find out how many articles there are that correspond to the JEL code D8, “Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty.” I don’t have access to the JEL database, since it  is restricted to members of the American Economics Association. Do you know of a quick way of finding out this information? Can a kind reader help me?

I just want to get a sense of the relative size of this field. I need this information for the literature review section of a paper on environmental knowledge flows.

Managing the Past

8 03 2015


Stephanie Decker of Aston Business School is currently managing an ESRC-funded seminar series in Management & Organizational History.  Although managed out of Birmingham’s Aston Business School, the seminar series is really a joint venture of a number of management schools, including Manchester, Queen Mary, and Copenghagen Business School.

The ESRC-sponsored seminar series provides a platform for international research on historical analysis of organizations, heritage and reflective societies. All events revolve around three interlinked themes: archiving and archival research as resources for organizational analysis, organizational remembering, , and emerging methodologies that challenge organizational histories. Leading international scholars will discuss current research initiatives.

In conjunction with this series, Aston have created a website that is intended to become a hub scholars who work in this area. At the moment, the website is still a little sparse, but it waiting to be filled with announcements, links to interesting content and news stories from you.

There is also a facility to sign up with a small profile, with links to their institutional websites where appropriate.

To access this platform, please see visit here.

The first event in the seminar series, “Managing the Past: The Role of Organizational Archives” will take place at Aston Business School Wednesday 18 March 2015, 10 am to 5pm. Free registrations are now closed, further places are available for £35, including refreshments, three course lunch, and tickets for the cocktail reception at 5pm. You can register here. Registrations will close Friday 13 March 2015. Here is the programme for the day:

10:00-10:15 Refreshments and welcome by seminar series organizers Stephanie Decker, Michael
Rowlinson and John Hassard
10:15-11:30 Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria & NUBS), “The Professionalization of the
Corporate Archivist” Note that Suddaby is the Francis G. Winspear Chair of Business at University of Victoria
11:30-12:30 Maria Sienkiewicz (Barclays Group Archives), “The Role of Archivists in Creating
Organizational Memory Assets”
Andy Mabett (Wikimedian), “Working with Wikipedia and its sister projects”
Discussants: Alistair Mutch & Margaret Procter
12:30-14:00 Buffet lunch
14:00-15:00 Alistair Mutch (Nottingham Business School), “Potential and perils of electronic
access to the archive”
Susanna Fellman (University of Gothenburg) and Andrew Popp (University of
Liverpool), “Owners, archivists and historians: allies or enemies in creating
organizational memory?”
Discussants: Maria Sienkiewicz & Stephanie Decker
15:00-15:30 Refreshments
15:30-16:45 Roundtable “The Practice of Archiving and the Future of Corporate Heritage”
Speakers: Michael Anson, Margaret Procter & Michael Rowlinson
17:00-19:00 Cocktail reception (MBA lounge)

The next events in the series are:

Organizational remembering as an alternative framework Date: 15 July 2015 Location: Queen Mary University, London Organisers: Michael Rowlinson & Andrew Hoskins

The Narrative construction of memory Date: 11 November 2015 Location: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Organizers: Michael Rowlinson & Mads Mordhorst

Organizational ethnography and phenomenological approaches Date: 27 January 2016 (tentative) Location: Manchester Business School, Manchester Organiser: John Hassard

Challenging organizational histories Date: 13 April 2016 (tentative) Location: Aston Business School Organiser: Stephanie Decker

Organizations as heritage and history as a useful resource Date: July or September 2016 (tentative) Location: Queen Mary University, London Organiser: Michael Rowlinson

I would also encourage my readers to check out the CFP for the Special Issue of Management & Organizational History Special issue on “Revisiting the Historic Turn 10 years later”, closing 31 March 2015. You can download the Special Issue Call For Papers here.

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Barclays Group Archive Website

5 03 2015

The new website for the Barclays Group archive is now online. It will doubtless be a wonderful resource for scholars who want to access the archival materials held by this global banking giant. Over the last few centuries, 250 financial institutions have merged to form this huge group. As a result, the corporate archive in Manchester holds the papers of a large number of firms.

This story is best told through our rich archive of photographs, ledgers, letters, minute books, equipment and a range of, in some cases unexpected, curiosities housed in the Barclays Group Archives in Manchester, UK. The material in these archives is unique, irreplaceable and priceless. They don’t just tell the story of Barclays’ businesses around the world, they also communicate the strength and depth of the Values that have underpinned Barclays from the very beginning.

The archives in cover 1.5 miles of shelving and are held in secure, environmentally-controlled strong rooms. Our oldest artefact dates back to 1567 and new material is added every day. Every precious bit of history is listed on a searchable database which you can access when visiting the archives. A small specialist reference library of Barclays and external publications on the history of financial services is also open for daily use by appointment.

I get the impression that the creation of this website is largely due to the energies of Maria Sienkiewicz, although I might be wrong about that.


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