Saturday, May 29, 2010

Journal of Management Studies Special Issue on Business History

The July 2010 issue of the Journal of Management Studies is a theme issue on business history--more specifically, on the advantages of a "closer engagement" between business history and management studies. The guest editors are Mary O'Sullivan of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Margaret B. W. Graham of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, and Christopher McKenna of Oxford's Saïd Business School.
     O'Sullivan and Graham write in their introduction:
In this introduction we . . .  highlight how the articles published in this Special Issue show the wide variety of intellectual purposes, approaches, and benefits that closer engagement between business history and management theories might entail. . . .  we propose a more deliberate conversation about what it is we do as historians and theorists of business and what we seek to accomplish. Such a discussion would help us not only to better understand the limits to fruitful integration but also how to work together more productively in the collaborations that seem most worthwhile.
Articles include:
Mary O'Sullivan and Margaret Graham
    "Editor's Introduction: Moving Forward by Looking Backward: Business History and Management Studies"

Stephanie Decker
     "Postcolonial Transitions in Africa: Decolonization in West Africa and Present Day South Africa"

Juha-Antii Lamberg and Kalle Pajunen
     "Agency, Institutional Change, and Continuity: The Case of the Finnish Civil War"

James Reveley and Simon Ville
     "Enhancing Industry Association Theory: A Comparative Business History Contribution"

Marcelo Bucheli, Joseph T. Mahoney, and Paul M. Vaaler
     "Chandler's Living History: The Visible Hand of Vertical Integration in Nineteenth Century America Viewed under a Twenty-First Century Transaction Costs Economics Lens"

Mark Jenkins
     "Technological Discontinuities and Competitive Advantage: A Historical Perspective on Formula 1 Motor Racing, 1950-2006"
Full access requires a personal or institutional subscription, but abstracts are freely available.