Canada 150 Research Chair in the History of Britain and the World, 1500-1850

13 07 2017

The Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications from individuals interested in nomination for a Canada 150 Research Chair in the History of Britain and the World, 1500-1850, with preferred specialization in Africa and the Atlantic World, to commence July 1, 2018.

The position is a tenure stream appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor conditional on the successful nomination of the applicant as a Canada 150 Research Chair. To be eligible for this award, nominees must be internationally based at the time of the application (both working and residing outside of Canada), including Canadian expatriates. 

The individual sought will be nominated for a Canada 150 Research Chairs at the $350,000 per year level.  Appointments to Canada 150 Chairs are for 7 years and are accompanied by a full-time tenure-stream faculty position. Further information about the Canada 150 Research Chair program is available at

The successful candidate will have a record of excellence in scholarly research including publications appropriate to their stage of career, and will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels. The successful candidate will be prepared to participate actively in the Graduate Program in History and be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

For this nomination, York is particularly interested in candidates with diverse backgrounds and especially encourages candidates in equity, diversity and inclusion categories. York acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining their professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a sample of their scholarly writing (maximum 50 pp.), and a teaching dossier, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Thabit Abdullah, Chair, Department of History, 2140 Vari Hall. York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.  Email: – (Subject line: “Britain and the World”).

The deadline for applications is July 24, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The Archive Advantage

12 07 2017

I am currently co-supervising an excellent PhD student who is doing a case studentship in the archive of a UK-based banking group. (A case studentship is PhD research that is jointly funded by a private-sector partner and a research council, in this case the AHRC). We had a meeting yesterday to talk about the student’s progress towards his PhD (see picture). The student’s research is helping to develop our understanding of how having an archive contributes to the overall performance of the company in a variety of ways. In essence, this case study will document the ways in which a corporate archive can create a competitive advantage for a firm. The result will be knowledge that will be useful to both academics and to managers.


Although the student’s research is just about one company, I believe that his research findings may be generalizable to other firms. As I observed to the archivists yesterday, corporate archives in the UK are generally well developed relative to other countries. I suspect that this is an important source of competitive advantage for these firms, and for UK plc as a whole.

Academic fields sorted according to their endorsement of genetic causes of human behaviour

12 07 2017

AS: This research is interesting conceptually but not necessarily methodologically. The curious thing is that the authors ignored the main business-school disciplines with the exception of economics. Given the importance of such academic disciplines as strategy and finance in our culture, this omission is most unfortunate. I also note that Law is absent from the list.

The paper is based on a self-selected group of survey respondents. Still, it’s an interesting early finding.

The authors are: Joseph Carroll, John A. Johnson, Catherine Salmon, Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen, Mathias Clasen, Emelie Jonsson. Paper title: “A Cross-Disciplinary Survey of Beliefs about Human Nature, Culture, and Science”






How far has the Darwinian revolution come? To what extent have evolutionary ideas penetrated into the social sciences and humanities? Are the “science wars” over? Or do whole blocs of disciplines face off over an unbridgeable epistemic gap? To answer questions like these, contributors to top journals in 22 disciplines were surveyed on their beliefs about human nature, culture, and science. More than 600 respondents completed the survey. Scoring patterns divided into two main sets of disciplines. Genetic influences were emphasized in the evolutionary social sciences, evolutionary humanities, psychology, empirical study of the arts, philosophy, economics, and political science. Environmental influences were emphasized in most of the humanities disciplines and in anthropology, sociology, education, and women’s or gender studies. Confidence in scientific explanation correlated positively with emphasizing genetic influences on behavior, and negatively with emphasizing environmental influences. Knowing the current actual landscape of belief should help scholars avoid sterile debates and ease the way toward fruitful collaborations with neighboring disciplines.



Between Past and Present: Sub-Plenary at EGOS 2017

12 07 2017

I’m sharing from images of the great EGOS sub-plenary Between Past and Present – History in Organization and Organizing

Organizational History Network

Today’s sub-plenary “Between Past and Present – History in Organization and Organizing” at EGOS 2017 in Copenhagen brought together leading scholars in History and Organization Studies to discuss recent research on time and history.

The three keynote speakers Stephanie Decker, Roy Suddaby and Anders Ravn Sorensen illustrated the plurality in both the conceptualization of organizational time and in how history is researched. The talks triggered a lively debate on how history matters, to whom it matters, and which (often implicit) theories of history shape organizational research.

Chair: Mads Mordhorst

Stephanie Decker – Making sense of the Past: History vs. memory

Roy Suddaby – Institutional Memory as a Dynamic Capability

Anders Ravn Sorensen – Uses of history in action: CBS’ anniversary


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EABH Conference: The data dilemma: a risk or an asset?

12 07 2017

The data dilemma: a risk or an asset?

Business, academic and regulator perspectives on the past, present and future of data in the finance sector.

Data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of ‘Big Data’; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systemic risk and stability. Will it all turn out well though? The current reality of massive data stores is often no more than massive cost and complexity. The workshop will explore how we got here with data and where we go next. Ultimately, can a meeting of business, academics and regulators resolve the data dilemma and find a way to turn a risk into an asset?”

The committee invites proposals focusing on the following questions:
–  Does more data make us better forecasters? Are we any better than Keynes at predicting systemic risk now that we have all this information?
–  Do economic policy makers make good use of historical data or is it too hard to do?
–  Forecasters of all descriptions (especially economic ones) are facing a popular backlash. They missed the financial crisis and got the short-term impact of Brexit wrong (possibly). Wasn’t more data meant to mean better predictions?
–  How can financial research catch up with the need to change its methods in order to be able to make the best possible use of ‚big data’ (data mining, etc.)?
–  Which financial and/or academic institutions are using innovative and creative approaches towards research?
–  Which are the tools needed to do successful historical research in the future?
–  Which are the risks related to financial data? Which are the associated legal requirements for privacy, confidentiality, security and consumer protection?

Please send your abstract (400 – 500 words) and a short CV no later than 31 August 2017to:

The workshop committee is formed by Jan Booth (DEFRA), Carmen Hofmann (eabh) and Hrvoje Stančić (University of Zagreb)

The workshop will take place on 10 November 2017 at The Westin Zagreb Hotel, Krsnjavoga 1, Zagreb, Croatia, parallel to the international conference INFuture2017: Integrating ICT in Society (

You can find the Call for papers here.

Please visit for more information on eabh.

Discussion of De-Globalization @AOM

12 07 2017

AS: Deglobalization will be the subject of two interesting events at the forthcoming Academy of Management conference in Atlanta.

The 2016 Brexit referendum on UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as US president have added momentum to the growing anti-globalization movement that started following the 2008 global financial crisis.  This is true not only in the UK and US; but also in many developed countries where the middle class have suffered from lost jobs and reduced wages which they believe were caused by globalization.  How should management scholars respond to this development?  Are any changes needed in existing practices of management education and research to reflect this emerging trend?  Why or why not?  Toward what goal?

You are cordially invited to attend two events at the AOM Meeting to discuss the implications of anti-globalization for the management field and participate in small roundtable groups to develop a research agenda for follow-up collaboration.


International Business Education in an Increasingly Anti-globalized World:  Opportunities and Challenges


Program Session: 27 | Sponsors: IM, SIM

Date: Friday, Aug 4 2017 | Time:  8:00AM – 9:30AM

Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marquis M304

Showcase Symposium:

Anti-globalization:  Implications for Management Theory and Research


Program Session: 1740 | Sponsors: IM, BPS, SIM

Date: Tuesday, Aug 8 2017 | Time:  9:45AM – 11:15AM

Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atrium A703

Chair: Joe Cheng, Research Professor of International Business and Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), George Washington University.

Panelist: Tamer Cavusgil, Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair, Georgia State University.

Panelist: Farok Contractor, Distinguished Professor of International Business, Rutgers University.

Panelist: Klaus Meyer, Philips Chair in Strategy and International Business, CEIBS.

Panelist: Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs, George Washington University.

Panelist: Richard Wokutch, Pamplin Professor of Social Issues in Management, Virginia Tech.

Panelist: Sri Zaheer, Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Dean of the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

From Head Shops to Whole Foods

10 07 2017


This new book from Columbia University Press looks interesting.

In the 1960s and ’70s, a diverse range of storefronts—including head shops, African American bookstores, feminist businesses, and organic grocers—brought the work of the New Left, Black Power, feminism, environmentalism, and other movements into the marketplace. Through shared ownership, limited growth, and democratic workplaces, these activist entrepreneurs offered alternatives to conventional profit-driven corporate business models. By the middle of the 1970s, thousands of these enterprises operated across the United States—but only a handful survive today. Some, such as Whole Foods Market, have abandoned their quest for collective political change in favor of maximizing profits.

Vividly portraying the struggles, successes, and sacrifices of these unlikely entrepreneurs,From Head Shops to Whole Foodswrites a new history of social movements and capitalism by showing how activists embraced small businesses in a way few historians have considered. The book challenges the widespread but mistaken idea that activism and political dissent are inherently antithetical to participation in the marketplace. Joshua Clark Davis uncovers the historical roots of contemporary interest in ethical consumption, social enterprise, buying local, and mission-driven business, while also showing how today’s companies have adopted the language—but not often the mission—of liberation and social change.