Past events

  • 10 September, 2015 - 14:00 to 16:00
  • 7 May, 2015 - 13:00
    I will assess the prospects for deepening the dialogue between organization studies and history. Leading organization theorists from the dominant perspectives of new institutionalism and evolutionary theory, along with critical and interpretive studies, have identified exemplars of historical research. These exemplars illustrate the distinction between research that uses history to illustrate or advance theory, and research that draws on theory to contribute to historiography. There is a convergence of organization studies with history in relation to the topics of memory and historical responsibility. There are also methodological convergences, in relation to narrative interpretation and analysis, as well as the common interest in techniques such as topic modeling. History, no less than organization studies, is a diverse field, and the fields of business history and management history differ in their receptiveness to organization theory, and both remain relatively insulated from wider theoretical debates in history. Finally, the history of management theory itself needs be considered in the historical context of the rise of business schools.
  • 30 April, 2015 - 13:30 to 15:00
    Entrepreneurship as organization-creation: who cares for your skin? The emergence of skin and haircare in France in the 20th century The paper aims to understand the way diverse constituents participate in the emergence of a new industry or market category. It is based on a historical empirical analysis of a central industry in the globalisation wave of the 20th and 21st centuries (Jones, 2010). It looks at the selective distribution of skin and hair care products in France in the 20th century. This novelty involved a discussion between customers, products, competing distributors, regulators and prescribers. The paper uses a multi-­‐level analysis (macro-­meso-micro) to understand the emergence of a new category skin and hair-care products.
  • 16 April, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:30
    The project discusses the importance of economic espionage for corporations and their countermeasures to protect themselves against illegal knowledge transfer. Since the late 19th century, a technological "lead" has increasingly been regarded as one of the factors responsible for an uneven distribution of market and political opportunities of states in a global competition. Governments and corporations therefore cooperated closely in the area of a "knowledge policy," which included espionage by national intelligence agencies in favor of the national economy as well as concerted safety precautions by state and corporations against industrial espionage.
  • 12 March, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:30
  • 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.