Table of Contents of Important New Book

8 04 2015

The Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History
Edited by Patricia Genoe McLaren, Albert J. Mills, Terrance G. Weatherbee

Routledge – 2015 – 412 pages

Patricia Genoe McLaren is Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of the Business Technology Management program in the School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada.

Albert J. Mills is Professor of Management at Saint Mary’s University, Canada and co-chair of the International Board for Critical Management Studies.

Terrance G. Weatherbee is Professor of Management at Acadia University, Canada

Part I – The Historic Turn in Management and Organization Studies: Critical Responses1. Introduction: The Historic Turn in Management and Organization Studies: A companion reading (Terrance Weatherbee, Patricia Genoe McLaren, Albert J. Mills) 2. Decentering Wren’sHistory of Management Thought (Milorad M. Novecivic, J. Logan Jones, Shawn Carraher) 3. Why Organization Theory Needs Historical Analyses – And how this should be performed(Alfred Kieser) 4. Twenty Years After: Why organization theory needs historical analyses(Alfred Kieser) 5. Management & Organizational History: Prospects (Charles Booth and Michael Rowlinson) 6. Revisiting the Historic Turn: A personal reflection (Michael Rowlinson) Part II – Debates in Management and Organizational History 7. He Who May Not Be Mentioned: Marx, history, and American business schools (Richard Marens) 8. A History of Management Histories: Does the story of our past and the way we tell it matter? (Roy Jacques, Gabrielle Durepos) 9. History in Management Textbooks: Adding, transforming, or more? (Terrance Weatherbee) Part III – Methods: Doing management and organizational history 10. ‘Managing the Past’ (Alun Munslow) 11. Critical Hermeneutics for Critical Organizational History(Scott Taylor) 12. ANTi-History: Toward Amodern history (Gabrielle Durepos) 13. Avec Frontieres: Postcolonialism and the discourse of humanitarianism (Adam Rostis) 14. The Future of History: Posthumanist entrepreneurial storytelling, global warming, and global capitalism(David Boje, Rhony Saylors) 15. Varieties of History in Organization Studies (Diego Coraiola, William M. Foster, Roy Suddaby) 16. Mothership Reconnection: Microhistory and institutional work compared (Stephanie Decker) Part IV – Rewriting Management and Organizational History 17. History of Management Thought in Context: The case of Elton Mayo in Australia(Tuomo Peltonen) 18. Re-examining ‘Flexibility’ (Ali Mir, Raza Mir) 19. The New Deal for Management & Organizational Studies: Lessons, insights, and reflections (Albert J. Mills, Terrance Weatherbee, Jason Foster, Jean Helms Mills) 20. Capitalist Ideologues and the Cold War “Struggle for Men’s Minds” (Bert Spector) 21. A Critical Historiography of Public Relations in Canada: Rethinking an Ahistorical symmetry (Amy Thurlow) Part V – Management and Organizational History at the Margins 22. History and the Absence of Canadian Management Theory (Patricia Genoe McLaren, Albert J. Mills) 23. Is There Any Future for Critical Management Studies in Latin America? Moving from epistemic colonialist to ‘trans-discipline’(Eduardo Ibarra-Colado) 24. The Work of Eduardo Ibarra-Colado (Nidhi Srinivas, Ana Guedes, Alex Faria) 25. The Inner Circle: Towards a ‘Canadian’ Management History – Key Canadian contributors to new institution theory (Kristene Coller, Corinne McNally, Albert J. Mills) Part VI – Commentaries on The Future of Management and Organizational History: Does it have a past? 26. Processing History: Bringing process-oriented research to management and organizational history (William M. Foster, Roy Suddaby) 27. Turning How and Where? The potential for history in management and organizational studies (Matthias Kipping, Behlul Usdiken) 28. Actors, Networks, Theory, and History – What are we producing? (Albert J. Mills, Terrance Weatherbee, Patricia Genoe McLaren) Part VII – Endnote 29. Essaying History and Management (Stewart Clegg)

Hayek and Gibraltar

5 04 2015

The blog of the Economic History Society has published a summary of some interesting research on an obscure chapter in the career of F.A. Hayek.

In 1944, the celebrated economist Friedrich Hayek was commissioned by the British Colonial Office to undertake a report on the economy of Gibraltar. His conclusion was that the government of Gibraltar should use market forces to relocate working class Gibraltarians into neighbouring Spain. Yet despite the libertarian credentials Hayek had established via his work of the same year, The Road to Serfdom, such a policy would have moved Gibraltarians into the dictatorship of General Franco.

The blog post is based on research by Chris Grocott of the University of Leicester Management School. Dr Grocott recently published: ‘Compromising Liberty: Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom in Practice’, Economy and Society.

I’m a big fan of many of Hayek’s ideas, but I will admit that he had a disturbing soft spot for dictators in the Spanish-speaking world. For Hayek’s relationship with the Pinochet regime, see here.  As a naturalized British citizen who was sheltered from the Nazis, Hayek should have had more sympathy for the British subjects in Gibraltar who did not wish to live under Spanish rule, particularly the rule of Franco. Hayek’s 1944 paper on Gibraltar seems like the height of hypocrisy.

Bill Lazonick Wins 2015 McKinsey Award

4 04 2015

Congratulations to William Lazonick, long-time BHC presenter, on winning the 2015 McKinsey award for the most influential article in the Harvard Business Review. He got the award for his paper  “Profits Without Prosperity.”

This year’s winner addresses some fundamental questions about capitalism, finance, and wealth creation—specifically, how and why companies use stock buyback programs to deploy surplus capital, as opposed to investing in their businesses. 

Since 1959, the McKinsey Awards have recognized the HBR articles most likely to have a major influence on managers around the world. This award is a tremendous honour for Lazonick. It also reflects well on the scholarly communities of which he is a part, including the Business History Conference.

Read more here.

Varieties of Capitalism in the Americas

3 04 2015

Varieties of Capitalism in the Americas

A one-day workshop hosted by the Centre for Economic and Business History,University of Nottingham

4th June 2015

Dr Elvira Vilches (North Carolina State University)

Reckoning for Silver: The Global, the Local, and the Making of Money in Colonial Latin America

Dr Emma Hart (St. Andrews)

Trading Cattle and the Histories of Early American Capitalism

Dr Rory Miller (Liverpool)

Business Groups, Multinationals and the State: Latin American Varieties of Capitalism

Dr Marc-William Palen (Exeter)

Copying American Capitalism:

The Global Response to American Economic Nationalism

B38a, Trent Building, University Park

10am to 6pm

Thursday 4 June 2015, 10am-6pm, Room B38a, Trent Building, University Park

The event is free but you must register:

More information:

Image: from ‘Atlantic Ocean with Bordering Continental Areas’, reference A012, as shown on, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.

Inequality Research at the 2015 Business History Conference

2 04 2015

Inequality is the central theme of the 2015 Business History Conference. Thomas Piketty will be there and a number of papers use business history to address some of themes raised in Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. I’ve posted a list of the most relevant panels below.

For a variety of methodological and philosophical reasons, I’m particularly interested in  Robert E. Wright’s paper Business History > Piketty. Like Bob Wright, I’m a primarily qualitative scholar who is interested in generalizing upwards from case studies, so I’ll be interested in what Bob has to say. I also expect to learn a great deal from Piketty’s keynote address.

7.A  Does Methodology Matter?
Chair and Discussant: TBA

Giovanni Favero, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Stephanie Decker, Aston Business School, and Niall MacKenzie and Andrew Perchard, University of Strathclyde
Quantitative Information in Organizations and Society: For a Micro-Historical Ethnostatistics

Takafumi Kurosawa, Kyoto University
Who Are We? History and Identity of Business History Societies

Daniel Raff, Wharton School, University of Pennsyvania/NBER
Competition and the Origins of Inequality

5.B  Defining Professional Boundaries and Creating Inequality: Why Organizations Matter
Chair: Jennifer Klein, Yale University
Discussant: Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago

Andrew Meade McGee, University of Virginia
Debating the “Business” of Government: New Management Practices and Professional Identity in Postwar Federal Agencies

Paige Glotzer, The Johns Hopkins University
National Standards, Local Sales: The Professional Culture of Real Estate and the Creation of an Exclusionary Housing Market

10.E  Non-Profits, Business, and Economic Inequality in the 1960s and Beyond
Chair: Julia Ott, The New School
Discussant: TBA

Joshua Clark Davis, University of Baltimore
Financial Feminism: Credit Unions in the Women’s Movement of the 1970s

Benjamin I. Holtzman, Brown University
Grassroots Revitalization, Private-Public Partnerships, and the Transformation of New York City’s Parks in the 1970s and 1980s

Claire Dunning, Harvard University
Capital Investment and Community Development in Boston, 1968-1991

Rahima Schwenkbeck, George Washington University
Holding the Invisible Hand: Economies of U.S. Countercultural Utopias

9.C  Corporations and Economic Inequality
Chair: Lucy A. Newton, Henley Business School, University of Reading
Discussant: TBA

Robert E. Wright, Augustana College
Business History > Piketty

Leslie Hannah, London School of Economics
Inequalities of Corporate Sizes before 1950

Richard Sylla, Stern School, New York University
Has Financial Development Increased Inequality Across and Within Nations?

Roni Hirsch, University of California Los Angeles
The Price of Risk and Its Social Costs

Grad School Funding at the University of Liverpool for Chinese Students

2 04 2015
AS: This year, the University of Liverpool has a number of new scholarships available to students from Mainland China and Hong Kong. I would be interested in supervising business-historical research on China and Hong Kong.
My forthcoming publications in this area include:The Winds of Change and the End of the Comprador System in the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in the 1960s. (Business History, accepted and in press)
The Changing Industrial Organization of Epistemic Communities During Hong Kong’s Progression Towards a Cashless Society (1960s-2000s) (IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, accepted and in press) co-authored with Bernardo Batiz-Lazo
If you are interested in working with me, please contact me.
Hong Kong Graduate Association Postgraduate Scholarship
The Hong Kong Graduate Association post-graduate scholarship is worth £5000 (with a maximum of 4 awards annually) and is awarded to students from Hong Kong and Mainland China who can prove academic excellence and have been admitted to pursue full time studies at the University of Liverpool
Yu Postgraduate Scholarship
The Yu post-graduate scholarship is worth £10,000 and is awarded annually to students from Hong Kong and Mainland China who can prove academic excellence and have been admitted to pursue full time studies at the University of Liverpool
Tung Doctoral Scholarship
The Tung PhD scholarship is worth £10,000 and is awarded annually to students from Hong Kong and Mainland China who can prove academic excellence and have been admitted to pursue full time studies at the University of Liverpool.
If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please follow the link below for further details:

Winners and Losers in Banking: Image, Identity, and Ideas in Finance in the North Atlantic World

1 04 2015

That’s the title of my panel at the 2015 Business History Conference. 

Andrew Smith, University of Liverpool
A Microhistorical Approach to Cosmopolitanism and Transnational Class Solidarity: The Thought of a London Merchant Banker during the First World War

Lucy A. Newton, Henley Business School, Reading, and Victoria S. Barnes, University of Reading
Remembering the Winners in British Banking: Images of Business History and Corporate Identity

Laurence B. Mussio, McMaster University
Winners, Losers, and Bankers in the Making of Canada’s Central Bank, 1932-1938

Jane Knodell, University of Vermont
Winners and Losers in Finance: The Second Bank and the “Shadow Banking System”


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