The Department of Business Humanities and Law - previously known as Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP) - was established in 1995 in a merger of the Management Research Institute, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and a group of philosophically and sociological trained academic staff from the Department of Applied Computer Science and Systems Theory and with professor P.O. Berg as its first Head of Department. The goal motivating this merger was the creation of a new department dedicated to studying and teaching management and leadership as human practices. MPP was thus first characterized by its focus on problems located in the intersections of management with economics, politics and philosophy. In 2001, the Centre for Business History (established 1999) joined, and in 2002 MPP undertook a major organisational redesign from which the contours of its current governance structure emerged. The aim was to continue to cultivate a reflexive research management practice within the department, whilst reflecting an increase in size and complexity.
During its development, the department's mission and vision has moved beyond its initial focus on leadership and management, as reflected in its current strategy.
In 2018 Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy was as part of a restructuring at CBS joined by CBS Law, the Civil Society group, and the Centre for Leisure and Cultural Services. From 1 January 2023, it was reorganized and renamed Department of Business Humanities and Law.