The Scientific Committee received forty-one papers. These papers were first reviewed by a sub-committee to determine which were suitable for publication online. We have decided to publish just six of the papers that were submitted to the competition (see table below). The papers we decided not to publish included some excellent studies that developed our understanding of political decisions but did not speak to the challenges now facing managers of firms. Some of the Members of a separate sub-committee then ranked essays for the purposes of allocating the two prizes.
Business History Seminar: Daniel Raff (Wharton Busniess School). The transformation of book retailing in America, 1970–95
Daniel Raff (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) will talk about the transformation of book retailing in America ca. 1970–95. The major transition was less modal sales venues shifting from Central Business Districts to suburban locations than the rise of extremely broadly merchandised ‘superstores’ and their supporting infrastructure. Complementarities and the persistence of core capabilities are striking features of the organizational histories, but so is—over a fairly extended period—evolutionary change.