Monday, March 21, 2016

CFP: 4th Workshop on “Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship”

Following on workshops in Copenhagen (2014), Miami (2015), and Portland (2016),  the fourth workshop in the series “Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory & Research” will be held at Copenhagen Business School on May 24, 2016. The conveners are Bill Gartner (Copenhagen Business School), David Kirsch (Univ. of Maryland), Christina Lubinski (Copenhagen Business School), R. Daniel Wadhwani (Univ. of the Pacific), and Friederike Welter (Univ. of Siegen and Institut für Mittelstandsforschung Bonn); as they explain,
In recent years, both business historians and entrepreneurship scholars have grown increasingly interested in the promise of using historical sources, methods 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 accounting for contexts and institutions, in understanding the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic change, in providing multi-level perspectives on the entrepreneurial process and in situating entrepreneurial behavior and cognition within the flow of time. . . . The purpose of this workshop is to provide scholars with developmental feedback on work-in-progress related to historical approaches to entrepreneurship and strategy, broadly construed. Our aim is to support the development of historical research on entrepreneurship for publication in leading journals, including for the special issue of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
Work-in-progress at all stages of development is welcome. Interested scholars may submit two types of submissions for discussion: full research papers (8,000 words) or paper ideas (1,000 to 3,000 words). Those interested in participating should submit an initial abstract of max. 300 words and a one-page CV to David Kirsch (, Christina Lubinski ( or Dan Wadhwani ( Those interested should feel free to contact the organizers with paper ideas and inquiries about the fit of specific ideas with this workshop.The submission deadline is April 18, 2016.
     A fuller version of the call for papers can be found on the Organizational History Network website.
     The workshop stems from a broader project. an initiative of the Copenhagen Business School’s Centre for Business History and Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy in collaboration with scholars and institutions throughout Europe and North America. The organizers are also grateful for support from the Entrepreneurship Platform and the Rethinking History in Business Schools Initiative at CBS.