My Panel Selections at ABH 2014

27 06 2014

I’m currently attending the Association of Business Historians conference here at Newcastle University Business School. There are many parallel sessions at this conference, so I’ve had to make some tough choices about which papers to hear. I’ve pasted my choice of panels below. 



9.30 – 10.45        Registration and Tea/Coffee (Newcastle University Business School)


11.00 – 12.30      Keynote Address:  Roy Suddaby, University of Alberta


“Institutions and History: The Historic Turn in Management Theory”


12.30 – 13.30      Lunch


Session  1-B:      Industrial Policy and Government Intervention

Chair: Rory Miller

John Wilson (Newcastle University Business School) & Mark Billings, University of Exeter:

                “Ferranti and the NEB: the implications of government intervention”.

Niall Mackenzie & Andrew Perchard, University of Strathclyde: “Blinded by the light? The rhetoric of

                State-led innovation in the UK after 1945”.

Neil Rollings, University of Glasgow: “The Industrial Policy Group in the 1960s and early 1970s:

                mixing business with politics”.


15.00 – 15.15      Tea/Coffee


15.15 – 16.45      Parallel Session 2


Session  2-B:      Crisis Management in Banking

Chair: Ranald Michie

Victoria Barnes & Lucy Newton, University of Reading, “Crisis and accountability: bank management,

                directors and the governance of joint-stock banks, 1826-1844”.

Laurence Mussio, McMaster University, “Crisis leadership in North America’s dangerous decade:

                risk, return and reward at Bank of Montreal, 1860-1870”.

Matthias Kipping (Schulich Business School) & Gerarda  Westerhuis, Utrecht University: 

                “Antecedent of Crises: Turning Bankers into Managers”.

16.45 – 17.00      Tea/Coffee

17.00 – 18.00      Coleman Prize

18.00 – 19.00      Break

19.00 – 20.00      Drinks Reception at the Discovery Museum (supported by Taylor and Francis Publishing)

20.00 – 22.00      Conference Dinner (Discovery Museum)



8.30 – 8.50 Registration and Tea/Coffee

9.00 – 10.30        Parallel Session 3


Session  3-E:       Bank-Industry Relationships in the 20th Century

Chair: Lucy Newton

Andrew Smith, University of Liverpool: “Trading With the Enemy: HSBC’s Relationships with German

                Companies during the First World War”.

John Wilson (Newcastle University Business School), Gerhard Schnyder (Kings College, University of

                London) & Anna Tilba (Newcastle University Business School): “The Great Divide? Bank–

                industry relationships and corporate networks in Britain, 1904-2003”.

Julie Bower, University of Birmingham: “The formation of industrial conglomerates in the post-World

                War II era: the role of banking and finance”.


10.30 – 10.45      Tea/Coffee break


10.45 – 12.15      Parallel Session 4

Session   4-E       Innovation and Technological Change

Chair: Mitch Larson

Andrew Smith (University of Liverpool) and Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, University of Bangor: “Managing

                technological change in Hong Kong’s retail banking (1945-2005)”.

David Bowie, Oxford Brookes University: “Diffusion of services innovation in mid-to-late nineteenth

                century English hotels: the Continental and American plan”



12.15 – 13.00      Lunch


13.30 – 15.00      Parallel Session 5

Session  5-A       Accounting,  History  and Organisational Theory

Chair: Sam McKinstry

Christopher Napier (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University ), Gary Carnegie (Royal

                Holloway, University of London) & Lee Parker (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

                University ): “Accounting History and Theorizing about Organizations”.

Alistair Mutch (Nottingham Trent University) & Alan McKinlay (Newcastle University Business

                School): “Accountable Creatures’: Scottish Presbyterianism, accountability and managerial


Rob Bryer, Warwick University: “Socialism, accounting, and the creation of ‘consensus capitalism’ in

                America, circa.1935-1955”.


15.00 – 15.15      Tea/Coffee break



15.15 – 16.45 Session 6 Round Table and Panel Discussion:


Rethinking Business History? Between Economic History and Organisational History

Convenors: Stephanie Decker & Michael Rowlinson

Panel: Alan McKinlay, Roy Suddaby, Alistair Mutch, Dan Wadhwani,  John Wilson.





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