Monday, February 29, 2016

Conference: Canadian Business History Association First Annual Meeting

The Canadian Business History Association/Association canadienne pour l'histoire des affaires (CBHA/ACHA) has announced that registration is open for its first annual conference, which will be held at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto on May 5-6, 2016. The theme of the meeting is "From Public Interest to Private Profit: The Changing Political and Social Legitimacy of International Business." The program is available here. According to the meeting website,
This conference of historians, business historians, management scholars, and business practitioners will study the corporate entity as it has changed over the past four centuries. Corporations started their lives as social, political, as well as commercial entities. By the nineteenth century, corporations became less accountable to the societies and states and became more self-consciously economic, private, and financial organizations. Since then, many interests have attempted to reintroduce the social purpose of corporations. The conference will offer participants the opportunity to place present day corporate activity into an instructive historical context and to discuss how corporate actors in the past addressed challenges and problems parallel to those facing corporations today. 
Registration is required, but there is no fee. Please consult the conference website for the registration form. Questions may be addressed to Professor Chris Kobrak (; Professor Joe Martin (, or Professor Will Pettigrew (

The meeting is being sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, with co-sponsorship by the Centre for the Political Economies of International Commerce (PEIC), University of Kent, and the Business History Group, Rotman School of Management.