Call for papers: 20th Conference on the History of Management and Organisations

11 08 2014
AS: I’m sharing a CFP for a conference that will take place in Lille next year. Lille is very close to London via Eurostar, so I suspect this conference will attract lots of UK participants. Given that the theme is related to the history of health care organizations, it would great is lots of US historians could get over so that they could compare notes with their European scholars.
Lille – 18th to 20th March 2015
Organised by the “Association pour l’histoire du management et des organisations” (Association for the History of Management and Organisations), the Research Centre IRHIS-CNRS 8529 (University of Lille 3) and the Research Centre Lille 2 LSMRC – EA 4112 (University of Lille 2 – Skema Business School)
The theme for the twentieth-anniversary conference is: Hospital organisations: mission, structure and rationalisation throughout history
Hospital organisations have evolved considerably since the first general hospitals in France were founded by Louis XIV in 1656. Shaped by history but also by geography (military hospitals, thermal baths and cures, balneotherapy, urban orphanages…), these organisations have experienced a variety of financing mechanisms, depending on the vagaries of political regimes and administrative reforms. The health-care mission developed progressively through time, depending on the evolution of medicine on the one hand, and on the societal values promoted by political powers on the other. Its standing within such organisations produced differentiated styles of management that need to be identified and designated as such. The primary focus of analysis will be the emergence of professional spheres of management in the health and medico-social sector.
– Health-care management practices: heritage and evolution
Private health-care management practices are linked to the evolution of the health-care market (the pharmaceutical industry, health products, the development of private-sector medical services, and the rapid growth of personalised health services…), and seek profitability and profit.
Public health-care management practices are mainly related to the funding of public expenditures. Parish councils, religious foundations, the selling of annuities, the first welfare budget, the creation of social security, State-region agreements, and large public loans (amongst others) are all financing tools. However, the implementation of accounting controls, the legislation governing public finance, the set of collective tools (quality indicators, national cost base, etc.), all constitute as much the managerial turning points that reveal the importance now given to health care within public funding. The management
practices have been, up to this point, embedded within a national effort of solidarity built over several decades and which currently is being redefined. The impact of European integration, the reorganisation of roles at the level of state-region-commune (Haute Autorité de Santé, regional hospitalisation agencies, etc.), the development of the voluntary sector, and new patient-practitioner relationships reveal new methods of management (risk management, hospital marketing…) that may or may not be at odds with our historical legacy. Moreover, the regulation of the relation between health care and money requires specific management control tools.
– Health at work
Since the first elements of social protection established by paternalistic employers during the mid- nineteenth century, the management of occupational health has also greatly evolved in light of increased risks and the impacts of the introduction of new organisational forms. The neglect of certain management aspects in this area could jeopardise the image of the company, which now must find management tools which incorporate employee welfare. Is this humane approach defining a new era of entrepreneurial management?
A Point of Clarification
As during previous conferences, submitted papers that do not fit in this thematic area but that examine management and organisation issues in historical perspective are also welcome. The novelty and originality of the contributions will be given preference in this instance.
Doctoral / Methodology workshop
The conference will begin with a doctoral workshop on March 18
is the 
management of health-care organisations. The meeting in Lille will provide for an exchange of expertise between the universities involved in these meetings.
This workshop will involve Ph.D. students in history and management but it may also be of interest to students in sociology, law and economics. Doctoral students wishing to present their research during this workshop should present a document of a maximum of ten pages specifying the research field (theme, research questions), the theoretical framework or the theoretical articulation of the thesis, methodological approach, initial results (if applicable), their main bibliographic references.
Doctoral students at early stages of their thesis are also encouraged to take part.
Deadline for submission of papers: 
with an abstract in English and French at the following address:
Decision of the Scientific Committee: 
Final text: 
Paper may be presented in French or English, 
Organising Committee:
Marie-Laure Legay (Irhis, Université de Lille III) Yves Levant (Université de Lille II)
Scientific Committee:
Christophe Baret (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3)
Eugénie Briot (Université Paris Est – Marne-la-Vallée)
Ludovic Cailluet (Université du Littoral et Université Toulouse 1 Capitole) Nicolas Guilhot (Ifross, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3)

Marie-Laure Legay (Irhis, Université de Lille III)

Yannick Lemarchand (Université de Nantes)

Yves Levant (Université de Lille II)

Etienne Minvielle (Ehesp et Institut de cancérologie Gustave Roussy) Thierry Nobre (Université de Strasbourg)

Eric Pezet (Université Paris X Nanterre)

Raluca Sandu (Skema Business school)

Béatrice Touchelay (Irhis, Université de Lille III)

Catherine Vuillermot (Université de Besançon)

Henri Zimnovitch (Université Paris-Sud) 



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