Abstract: History as Explanation, Explanation in Business History, and Paid Employment in Business Schools

Daniel Raff


Business school appointments are generally in part a matter of top-down Dean's Office-driven decisions about which subject areas get lines, but are crucially also a matter of decisions by departmental and even more finely disaggregated groups of faculty members concerning what constitutes valuable teaching and interesting research. The questions of how business history can be taught and how business history research can be understood and positioned in the context of other subjects' research styles are of great importance in these settings. They are a matter of connections for business history across disciplines and to some extent across intellectual traditions. The central claim of this