Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CFP: 2016 Annual Congress of the Business History Society of Japan

The 52nd Congress of the Business History Society of Japan will take place at Chuo University in Tokyo on October 8-9, 2016. The theme for the meeting will be "Innovation and Entrepreneurship: New Perspectives on Business History." From the call for papers:
     The BHSJ’s first-­ever English sessions were held during the 50th annual meeting in 2014, and generated fruitful, international discussions between Japanese scholars and those from other parts of the world. To further enhance international exchange, the BHSJ decided to organize English sessions every two years starting in 2016. The English sessions will take place concurrently with the regularly scheduled Japanese sessions at the annual meeting.
    The organizers’ aim is to foster cross-­disciplinary knowledge exchange by bringing together scholars who incorporate the themes of innovation and entrepreneurship into their research on business history, economic history, management and economics. The conference will also explore how business history in particular can offer new theoretical and empirical perspectives and approaches to research on innovation and entrepreneurship in other fields.
    The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be made no later than mid-­May.
     For paper proposals, please submit a title, an abstract of no more than 400 words along with a one-­page CV. Session proposals should include a  brief abstract  of the session along, a one-­page abstract for each paper as well as a one-­page CV for each participant. Submissions should be sent to Associate Professor Takashi Hirao (
    In addition to the sessions, the BHSJ will also organize a special English panel on October 8. This panel, organized by Professor Hiroshi Shimizu, will serve as the successor to the Fuji Conference, which has an over 40-­year history. A discussion of the main themes of the conference, innovation and entrepreneurship will be carried out by panel participants:
Hyungoh Lee, Sookmyung Women's University
Tom Nicolas, Harvard Business School
Alessandro Nuvolari, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa
Hiroshi Shimizu, Hitotsubashi University
Please consult the complete call for papers for a fuller description.