Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Business History group

The group is organised within Centre for Business History, which was established in 1999 with the aim of strengthening the historical dimension of research and teaching at Copenhagen Business School.
At the Centre for Business History we study business along with other economic, social and cultural areas from a historical perspective. The research is conducted in close collaboration with private and public companies who want to have the history of their company written, or who have another interest in the area.

The history group fosters understanding of current business phenomena by studying their evolution in time and over time. As any business professional knows, the temptation of the quick fix only distorts complex decision-making. It is our mission to explore how history and temporality contribute to a better understanding of society and business – for research, education and business practice.

We understand ourselves as historians at a business university and focus on the role and responsibility of business in and for society. Since its founding in 1999, the Centre for Business History provides a space for open interdisciplinary exchange and explorations of what we broadly describe as "business humanities." Rather than going for the easy formula, we are curious about ambiguity. We believe that tackling major business problems always requires "contextual intelligence," that is, a clear sense of the business environment to navigate. The value of deep business knowledge becomes meaningful when it is placed in context.

 

What we do

As a cross-disciplinary group of scholars focused on the role of history in a business school, we advance a variety of conceptual and methodological approaches to the relationship between past, present and future. We study the intersecting histories of capitalism, business enterprise, entrepreneurship, politics, and culture as they shape and transform the development of human societies over time. As a Centre, our aim is to deepen historical awareness and reflexivity to grapple with the pressing challenges of human society today.

Forward-looking leadership requires contextual intelligence. Ken Chenault, former CEO of American Express, Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs all started their careers by studying context, time and change – just like us. It is our mission to reimagine the power of historical thinking in and for business.

 

Main Research Areas/Centres
As a cross-disciplinary group of scholars focused on the role of history in a business school, we advance a variety of conceptual and methodological approaches to the relationship between past, present and future. We study the intersecting histories of capitalism, business enterprise, entrepreneurship, politics, and culture as they shape and transform the development of human societies over time. As a Centre, our aim is to deepen historical awareness and reflexivity to grapple with the pressing challenges of human society today.

MAIN FIELDS

  • Business History 
  • Economic History 
  • Entrepreneurial History 
  • European Histories of Capitalism 
  • Maritime History 
  • Nordic Models and Governance 
  • Museums and the Cultural Sector

CONCEPTUAL/METHODOLOGICAL

  • Temporality 
  • Uses of the Past 
  • Narrative 
  • Cultural/Anthropological  
  • Microhistory 
  • Materiality


 

Research Director:
Professor Christina Lubinski

 

See also Centre for Business History

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