2005 Program

2005 Annual Meeting Program
Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 19-21, 2005

"Reinvention and Renewal"

  7:00 p.m. BHC Newcomen Doctoral Colloquium dinner

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. BHC Newcomen Doctoral Colloquium

1:00-5:00 p.m. Registration

Plenary Session 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Business History Archival Sources and Issues
Moderator: Arthur Norberg, University of Minnesota

Thomas White, J. J. Hill Library, St. Paul, MN
Sources at the J. J. Hill Library for a Century of Business History in the Upper Midwest

Katie Dishman, General Mills
The General Mills Corporation Archives: Collecting and Preserving Business History On Site

David Kirsch, University of Maryland
Challenges of Collecting Non-Traditional Business Records

James E. Fogerty, Minnesota Historical Society
Realities and Issues in Archiving Modern Business Records

Comments and Questions: The Audience

7:00-10:00 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting
Avalon Room (3rd floor)

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration and Book Exhibit


8:00-10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by the James J. Hill Library

8:45-10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 1

A. Comparative History and Early American Railroads
Chair: John Brown, University of Virginia

John Majewski, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Railroads and State Building in the Old South”

Aaron W. Marrs, University of South Carolina
“Operating Early American Railroads: A Comparative Approach”

Comment: Colleen Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

B. Political Economy of American Telephony
Chair: Sheldon Hochheiser, Independent Scholar

Richard R. John, University of Illinois at Chicago
Telephomania: The Contested Origins of the Urban Telephone Operating Company in the United States, 1879-1894

Robert MacDougall, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Long Lines: AT&T, Long Distance Telephony, and Corporate Control
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Milton L. Mueller, Syracuse University

C. Americanizing European Enterprise
Chair: Patrick Fridenson, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Joshua Humphreys, New York University
The Fordist Factory as a Fourierian Phalanstery? French Reinventions of the American Industrial Model between the Two World Wars

Adam Mack, University of South Carolina
Reinventing a "Uniquely American" Institution: Supermarkets in Europe, 1945-1970

Comment: Jonathan Zeitlin, University of Wisconsin, Madison

D. Restructuring Postwar American Business
Chair: Mark H. Rose, Florida Atlantic University

William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts Lowell and INSEAD
The New Economy Business Model and the End of the "Organization Man"
    [Abstract]    [Paper]

Daniel Raff, The Wharton School and NBER
Reinvention and Renewal in American Bookselling: Some Dynamics of Distribution Institutions

Comment: Philip Scranton, Rutgers University, Camden

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-Noon Concurrent Sessions 2

A. British Merchants and Trade
Chair: Ann Carlos, University of Colorado at Boulder

Christopher G. Kingston, Amherst College
Marine Insurance in Britain and America, 1720-1844: A Comparative Institutional Analysis

John Smail, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Making Change: Money and Credit in Eighteenth-Century Commerce

Anthony Webster, Edge Hill College of Higher Education
he London East India Agency Houses, Industrialisation and the Rise of Free Trade: Adaptation, Survival and Demise, 1800-1850

Comment: Ann Carlos, University of Colorado at Boulder

B. The Business of American Slavery
Chair: Perry L. Kyles, Florida International University

Nikki Berg, University of Minnesota
Elite Slaveholding Women and the Building of the Cotton Kingdom

Eric Burin, University of North Dakota
Slave Manumissions: A Mechanism of Plantation Management in the Old South

Mark W. Geiger, University of Missouri, Columbia
Sectional Loyalties and Institutional Transformation in Missouri’s Banks, 1861-1870
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Perry L. Kyles, Florida International University

C. Corporate Re-Invention and the Regulatory Environment
Chair: Kathryn Steen, Drexel University

Linda L. Johnson, Concordia College, Moorhead
The House of Homma: Organizational Reinvention in Early Modern Japan

Marcelo Bucheli, Harvard Business School
Multinationals and Politics in Latin America: The Case of Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey) in Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Argentina

K. Austin Kerr, The Ohio State University
The Rebirth of Brewing and Distilling in the United States in 1933: Government Policy and Industry Structure
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Helen Shapiro, University of California, Santa Cruz

D. Forecasts, Probability, and the Process of Renewal
Chair: Christopher McKenna, University of Oxford

Walter Friedman, Harvard Business School
Business Barometers: Roger Babson and the Rise of Economic Forecasting

Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Hagley Museum and Library
Tales of Styling and Forecasting: The Du Pont Company and the Color Revolution

Paul J. Miranti, Rutgers Business School
From Product Inspection to Statistical Quality Control: The Reinvention of Quality Assurance at the Bell System, 1877-1929

Comment: JoAnne Yates, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

E. Strategic Adjustments in 20th-Century American Business
Chair: Richard Rosenbloom, Harvard Business School

Albert J. Churella, Southern Polytechnic State University
"The Company could not take complete advantage of its bigness": Managerial Culture and the Pennsylvania Railroad’s 1955 Corporate Reorganization
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Sally Romano, Yale University
Covering Up the Coppertone Girl: The Medical Transformation of the Sun Care Product Industry in Twentieth-Century America

Comment: Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch (with ticket)
Noon-1:30 p.m. Trustees' Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 3

A. Banking and Credit
Chair: Richard Sylla, New York University

Lucy Ann Newton, University of Reading
Women Investors in Early Nineteenth-Century English Joint-Stock Banks

Rowena Olegario, Vanderbilt University
Birth of the Credit Man, 1890-1920: A Stage in the Struggle over Transparency in American Business

Mark Carlson, Federal Reserve Board
Kris James Mitchener, Santa Clara University
The Bank of America and the Transformation of Banking in California

Comment: Larry Neal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B. Corporate (Ir)responsibility
Chair: Steven W. Usselman, Georgia Institute of Technology

Janet Greenlees, University of Manchester
Reinventing Health Care: Corporate Health Care before the Welfare Movement, Lowell, 1839-1890

Michael Esbester, University of York
Reinvention, Renewal or Repetition? The Great Western Railway & Occupational Safety on British Railways c. 1900-1920
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Arthur J. Levine, Independent Scholar
"Mercenary, Mendacious Mythology": Assessing the Insurance Industry’s Explanation for the Product Liability "Crisis" of the 1970s

Comment: Barbara Welke, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

C. Dissertations-in-Progress: Corporations and the State
Chair: David Sicilia, University of Maryland, College Park

Joshua Barkan, University of Minnesota
A Genealogy of the Corporate Person: Articulating Sovereign Power and Capital

J. Andrew Ross, University of Western Ontario
Hockey Capital: The National Hockey League and Transnational Cultural Production, 1924-1967
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

C. H. Tzeng, McGill University
Understanding Economic Development in Modern China: The Interplay of the State, the Market and the Social Sector
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: The Audience

D. Restructuring Transport and Cities in the 20th-Century United States
Chair: David F. Weiman, Barnard College

Jim Cohen, City University of New York
How Financial Institutions Affect Economic Growth: Evidence from the Transportation Sector, 1900-1939
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Marc Levinson, City University of New York
Container Shipping and the Decline of New York

Gregory Thompson, Florida State University
Restructuring Transit for the Post Industrial City: The Case of Portland, Oregon, 1958-1986
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Zachary M. Schrag, George Mason University

E. Remaking Postwar Britain
Chair: Steven Tolliday, University of Leeds

Ronnie Johnston, Glasgow Caledonian University
Arthur McIvor, University of Strathclyde
Reinvention or Renewal? The Coal Dust Problem in British Coal Mining before and after Nationalisation

Mitchell Larson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Management Education Oversight Bodies in 1960s Britain

Lesley Whitworth, University of Brighton
Inscribing Design on the Nation: The British Council of Industrial Design and Its Early Public
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Steven Tolliday, University of Leeds

3:00 PM-3:30 PM Break
Refreshments in Foyer

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Press and
Hagley Museum and Library

3:30 PM-5:00 PM Dissertation Plenary (Krooss Prize Session)
Chair: John Kenly Smith, Jr., Lehigh University

Dalit Baranoff (Johns Hopkins University, 2003), University of Maryland, College Park
Shaped by Risk: The American Fire Insurance Industry, 1790-1920

Robert MacDougall (Harvard University, 2004), American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The People's Telephone: The Politics of Telephony in the United States and Canada, 1876-1926

Anna Spadavecchia (University of London, 2005), University of Reading
State Subsidies and the Sources of Company Finance in Italian Industrial Districts, 1951-1991

Christopher Tassava (Northwestern University, 2003), Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis
Launching a Thousand Ships: Entrepreneurs, War Workers, and the State in American Ship Building, 1940-1945

Comment: The Audience

5:00 PM-5:30 PM BHC Membership Meeting

6:00 PM-7:30 PM Reception at Mill Museum
Sponsored by:
    MIT Sloan School of Management
    Minnesota Historical Society
    The General Mills Foundation

8:00 AM-5:00 PM Registration and Book Exhibit

8:00 AM-10:30 AM Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by
    Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and
    The History Department, University of Minnesota

8:00-10:00 AM Program Committee Meeting

8:00 AM Enterprise & Society Editorial Board Meeting

8:45 AM-10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions 4

A. Infrastructure and Regulation in the United States, 1880-1920
Chair: William R. Childs, Ohio State University

Eric J. Morser, University of New Mexico
Grassroots Rebels: Municipal Power and Railroad Regulation in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1883-1900
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Donald C. Jackson, Lafayette College
The Business of an Engineering Consultant: John R. Freeman and the Hetch Hetchy Project

Comment: David Hochfelder, Rutgers University

B. Retail Communities
Chair: Tracey Deutsch, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Howard Stanger, Canisius College
Larkin Clubs of Ten: Cooperative Buying Clubs, Small-Town Consumption, and the Larkin Company

Sarah Elvins, University of Manitoba
Panacea or Dud: Retailers React to Scrip in the Great Depression
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Victoria Saker Woeste, American Bar Foundation

C. Worker Perspectives on Restructuring
Chair: Glenn Bugos, Moment LLC

Evan Roberts, University of Minnesota
"Give the single girls a chance!"  Employees' Views on Preference for Service and Layoffs at Western Electric in the Depression

Dalit Baranoff, University of Maryland, College Park
  David Kirsch, University of Maryland, College Park
"My Boss Rocks": Exceptionalism in the Dot-Com Workplace

Comment: Glenn Bugos, Moment LLC

10:30 AM-Noon Plenary Session
Reinventing 21st-Century Global Business: Globalization, Labor, and Civil Society

Co-Chairs: Geoff Jones, Harvard Business School
Mira Wilkins, Florida International University

Stefanie Lenway, General Mills Professor of Strategic Management and Organization, and Associate Dean, MBA Program, Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota

Craig Murphy, Historian of the UN Development Programme and M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations, Wellesley College

Rorden Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and International Political Economy, University of Manchester

Noon-1:30 PM Lunch (with ticket)

Noon-1:30 PM Enterprise & Society Editors' Lunch

Noon-1:30 PM Women in Business History Lunch

1:30 PM-3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions 5

A. Financial Institutions and Risk in Early 19th-Century America: A Class Perspective
Chair: Edward J. Balleisen, Duke University

Tamara Plakins Thornton, State University of New York, Buffalo
Nathaniel Bowditch (F.R.S.) and the Science of Business in Antebellum Boston

Sharon Ann Murphy, University of Virginia
Protecting Middle-Class Families: Life Insurance in Antebellum America

R. Daniel Wadhwani, Harvard Business School
Financial Institutions and the Management of Household Economic Risks in Nineteenth-Century America: Evidence from the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society

Comment: Edward J. Balleisen, Duke University

B. Environmental Factors as Drivers of Business Innovation
Chair: John Kenly Smith, Jr., Lehigh University

Christine Rosen, University of California, Berkeley
Industrial Pollution and the Role of Public Health Regulators and the Courts in the Development of the Meat Packing Industry, 1860-1880

Kent Curtis, Independent Scholar
The Natural Case for Integration: The Limits on Business Formation in Western Montana, 1880-1910

Hugh S. Gorman, Michigan Technological University
The Transformation of Emissions and Effluents into Factors of Production

Comment: Deborah Fitzgerald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

C. Regional Technology Clusters
Chair: David Rhees, Bakken Institute

Thomas C. Lassman, American Institute of Physics
Research Networks in the Steel City: The Growth and Diversification of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh, 1930-1941

Stephen Adams, Salisbury University
Becoming Silicon Valley: Exogenous Factors in the Development of a High-Tech Region

Michael Best, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Regional Specialization and Industrial Renewal: Medical Devices in Massachusetts
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Margaret Graham, McGill University

D. Postwar European Political Economy
Chair: Mira Wilkins, Florida International University

Simone Selva, State University of Milan
Rearmament and Recovery: The United States and the Economic Implications of Military Assistance to Western Europe under the Truman Administration, 1949-1952
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Eric Godelier, Ecole Polytechnique
Muriel Le Roux, ENS-CNRS
Did the 1970s Crisis Lead to Convergence or Divergences: USINOR vs. PECHINEY? A Cross-Examination of Renewal in Steel and Alcoa Industries
    [Abstract]    [Paper]

Per H. Hansen, Copenhagen Business School
Organizational Culture, Narratives, and Organizational Change: The Transformation of Savings Banks in Denmark, 1965-1990

Comment: Jacqueline McGlade, University of Northern Iowa

3:00-3:30 p.m. Break
Refreshments in Foyer
Sponsored by Oxford University Press
Hagley Museum and Library

3:30 PM-5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions 6

A. New England Enterprise in Transition
Chair: Steven W. Usselman, Georgia Institute of Technology

Robert Dalton Harris, Independent Scholar
Diane DeBlois, Independent Scholar
Geographic Integration of Industry on the Wynants Kill, 1816-1911
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Duol Kim, University of California, Davis
The Next Best Thing to Getting Married: Partnerships among the Jewelry Manufacturers in the Providence/Attleboro Area during the 19th Century
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

David Koistinen, American University of Beirut
Public Relations as Redevelopment Tool: Accentuating the Positive in Deindustrializing New England
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Steven W. Usselman, Georgia Institute of Technology

B. State-Led Redevelopment Strategies in the 20th-Century World
Chair: Naomi Lamoreaux, UCLA

Jens-W. Wessels, University of Warwick
Economic Policy and Performance in Inter-War Austria: The History of Austrian Industrial Joint-Stock Companies in the Global Economy between 1913 and 1938

Astrid Baker, Massey University
The First Labour Government’s New Start for Manufacturing, Employment, and Social Security in New Zealand, 1935-1949
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Mansel Blackford, The Ohio State University
Business Change on Guam: Tourism, the Military, and the Environment, 1962-2002
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Ioanna Minoglou, Athens University of Economics and Business

C. Feminism, Civil Rights, and the Reconceptualization of American Business
Chair: Pamela Walker Laird, University of Colorado at Denver

Robert E. Weems, University of Missouri, Columbia
The 1961 National Conference on Black Business: The "Negro Market," the Cold War, and the Future of Black Business in America
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Christiane Diehl Taylor, Eastern Kentucky University
The World Turned Upside Down: The Public Face of Post-1960s Corporate Wives

Beth A. Kreydatus, College of William and Mary
Enriching Women’s Lives: The Mary Kay Approach to Beauty, Business, and Feminism
    [Abstract]     [Paper]

Comment: Mary Yeager, University of California at Los Angeles

D. Adoption as Innovation: User Roles in the Creation of Technological Industries
Chair: Eric Schatzberg, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Thomas Haigh, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
An Industry of Enthusiasts: Users Make the Computer Personal, 1975-1981

Glen R. Asner, Carnegie Mellon University
Broadening the Definition of Users: The Air Force’s Role in the Creation of the Knowledge Industry

Jeffrey Tang, University of Pennsylvania
From Whence Hi-Fi?: User-Led Industrial Formation in High-Fidelity Audio Equipment

Comment: Daniel Holbrook, Marshall University

5:00 PM-5:40 PM Book Auction

5:45-6:45 p.m. Presidential Address Chair: Patrick Fridenson, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

JoAnne Yates, MIT Sloan School of Management
How Firms Use Technology

6:45 PM-8:00 PM Reception
Sponsored by The Winthrop Group

8:00 PM-10:00 PM Banquet and Awards Ceremony