Past events

  • 5 March, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:30
    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.
  • 12 June, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:45
    In my talk I discuss Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and History of the Emotions approaches and ask how these approaches can be used to analyze advertising culture in Germany throughout the twentieth century. Based on several examples I will show how I use analytical tools to examine the following research questions: How were consumers and advertisers enacted in advertising culture? How did the processes of making up consumers and advertisers influence product qualities and characteristics as well as the techniques of offering products? And vice versa: How did these techniques rework the makeup of advertisers and consumers?
  • 21 May, 2014 - 10:45 to 22 May, 2014 - 17:30
  • 8 May, 2014 - 09:15 to 9 May, 2014 - 09:15
    In recent years, scholars have grown increasingly interested in the promise of using historical sources and reasoning in entrepreneurship research. History, it has been argued, can be valuable in addressing a number of limitations in traditional approaches to studying entrepreneurship, including in providing multi-level perspectives on the entrepreneurial process, in accounting for contexts and institutions, in understanding the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic change, and in situating entrepreneurial behavior and cognition within the flow of time. Historical methods, in this regard, point the direction to both valuable sources and data for addressing such questions and to a body of historical theory from which to conceptualize context, time, and change analytically. Indeed, it is for many of these same reasons that Schumpeter called for theorists and historians to collaborate in the study of entrepreneurship.
  • 24 April, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:45
    Abstract: How did the 1931 financial crisis propagate internationally? This paper compares the effect of the Central European panic of the summer 1931 on the US and British banking systems. I rely on new archival data and document a key difference between the United States and Britain in how Central European credits were distributed across banks. In Britain, most of the lending to Central Europe was done by small banks with high levels of exposure relative to their capital. In the United States, most of the lending to Central Europe was done by big banks with low levels of exposure relative to their capital. The freeze of Central European assets therefore left many more British banks insolvent than US banks. The structure of informational asymmetries within the banking system accounts for the distribution of German credits in both countries. This explains why the Central European crisis propagated to London and not New York in the summer of 1931.
  • 3 April, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:30
    Many corporate organizations make references to their history. Especially banks make use of history and have large ‘historical’ or ‘archival’ departments, which are often well funded. Banks archive records, produce jubilee book and actively use their heritage in communication and public relations activities (‘trusted since….’). In this presentation several questions will be discussed. How do banks understand history (writing) and heritage? How do they represent the past? What kind of similarities and differences can be established? These questioned will be answered by looking at Dutch and (West-)European banks.
  • 20 February, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:30
    Business History Seminar. Dan is the Fletcher Jones Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of the Pacific, and a VELUX Visiting Professor in the MPP Department at CBS. A business historian by training, he uses historical approaches to study entrepreneurship, organizations, and industries. His publications have used historical sources and methods to examine the emergence of new industries, the evolution of organizational forms, and the creation of novel market categories and valuation systems. Most recently, he has co-edited Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford University Press), which examines the epistemic, theoretical, and methodological opportunities and challenges of using historical approaches in management and organizational research.
  • 6 February, 2014 - 15:00
    Business History Seminar and 1. WIP seminar
  • 30 January, 2014 - 13:00 to 15:00
    Business History Seminar: Case writing and case teaching
  • 23 January, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:30
    Business History Seminar