Bibliography: Business Historians at Business Schools

The following resources may prove useful for those teaching business history in business schools and for those wishing to increase the cross-fertilization of business history and management studies. Links are provided when available.


Marcelo Bucheli and R. Daniel Wadhwani, eds., Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods
(Oxford University Press, 2014); table of contents

Ludovic Cailluet, Yannick Lemarchand, and Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel, eds., Histoire et sciences de gestion (Vuibert, June 2013); table of contents and introduction

Walter Friedman and Geoffrey Jones, eds., Teaching Business History: Insights and Debates (Harvard Business School, 2012)

Articles and Essays

Journal of Management Studies 47, no. 5 (July 2010): special issue on business history, with guest editors Chris McKenna, Margaret Graham, and Mary O'Sullivan. The editors' introduction is available without subscription.

Single articles from the Journal of Management Studies:

Mark Casson and Andrew Godley, "Revisiting the Emergence of the Modern Business Enterprise: Entrepreneurship and the Singer Global Distribution System," 44 (November 2007): 1064-1077.

Michael Rowlinson, "Strategy, Structure and Culture: Cadbury, Divisionalization and Merger in the 1960s," 32 (March 1995): 121-140.

Management & Organizational History 8, no.2 (2013): Special Issue: "Doing Historical Research in Management and Organizational Studies"; Stephanie Decker's contribution, "The silence of the archives: Business history, post-colonialism, and archival ethnography," is open access.

Management & Organizational History 6, no. 1 (February 2011): Special Issue: "Historical Perspectives on Organizational Stability and Change"; see especially Behlül Üsdiken, Matthias Kipping, and Lars Engwall, "Historical perspectives on organizational stability and change: Introduction to the special issue," 3-12.

A search for "business history" in Management & Organizational History in August 2013 returned 44 articles; the list is here.

Business History 46, no. 3 (2004): Special Issue on "History in Organisation Studies"; see especially Behlü Üsdiken and Alfred Kieser, "Introduction," 321-30.

Matthias Kipping and Behlül Üsdiken, "Business History and Management Studies," chap. 5 in The Oxford Handbook of Business History, ed. Geoffrey Jones and Jonathan Zeitlin (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Various authors, "Books That Made a Difference: Teaching Business History," Business History Review 81 (Spring 2007): 122-125

Andrea Colli, "Business History and Family Business Studies: From Neglect to Cooperation," Journal of Family Business Management 1, no. 1 (2011): 14-25 [abstract only]

Andrea Colli, "Contextualizing Performances of Family Firms: The Perspective of Business History," Family Business Review 25, no. 3 (2012): 243-257 [abstract only]

Geoffrey Jones and Tarun Khanna, "Bringing History (Back) Into International Business," Journal of International Business Studies 37, no. 4 (2006): 453-68 [abstract only]

Geoffrey Jones and R. Daniel Wadhwani, "Schumpeter's Plea: Historical Methods in the Study of Entrepreneurship," Academy of Management Proceedings (August 2006)(Meeting Abstract Supplement), L1-L6 [abstract only]; an earlier, HBS Working Paper version is available here in full text.

Michael Rowlinson, John Hassard, and Stephanie Decker, "Strategies for Organizational History: A Dialogue between Historical Theory and Organization Theory," Academy of Management Review [online: Dec. 13, 2013]

Bruce R. Dalgaard, "The Contribution of Business History to the Business School Curriculum," Business and Economic History, 2d ser., 10 (1981): 31-35

Thomas K. McCraw, "Teaching History Courses to Harvard MBA Students: Building Enrollment from 21 to 1,300," Business and Economic History 28, no. 2 (Winter 1999): 153-62

Albro Martin, "The Teaching of Business History at Harvard," Business and Economic History, 2d ser., 10 (1981): 36-38

David D. Van Fleet and Daniel A. Wren, "History in Schools of Business," Business and Economic History, 2d ser., 12 (1983): 29-35

Jeffrey J. Matthews, "Teaching History and Leadership to Business Students," Essays in Economic and Business History 24 (2006): 102-117

Robert E. Wright, "Teaching History in Business Schools: An Insider's View," Academy of Management Learning & Education 9 (December 2010): 697-700 [abstract only]

David D. Van Fleet and Daniel Wren, "Teaching History in Business Schools: 1982-2003," Academy of Management Learning & Education 4, no. 1 (2005): 44-56 [abstract only]

Daniel Wren, "Management History: Issues and Ideas for Teaching and Research," Journal of Management 13 (1987): 339-350 [abstract only]

Herman E. Krooss, "Problems and Challenges in Teaching Business History in a School of Commerce," Business History Review 24 (Autumn 1950): 136-139 [abstract only]

John G. B. Hutchins, "Problems and Challenges in Teaching Business History in Professional Education for Business," Bulletin of the Business Historical Society 24, no. 3 (September 1950): 146-156

John O'Brien, Dan Remenyi, and Aideen Keaney, "Historiography—A Neglected Research Method in Business and Management Studies," Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods 2, no. 2 (2004): 135-144

Harry Knowles, "Why Management and Business Studies Need History," University of Sydney Worksite

Conference Papers

Kevin Tennent's review of the "Management and Business History Track" papers at the 2011 British Academy of Management Meeting; Tennent continues to serve as chair of the track. Track sessions presented in 2012 (p. 74) and to be presented in 2013 (pp. 40-41) can be found on the respective BAM programs.

Symposium: "Teaching History to Management and Business Students," European Academy of Management Meeting, 2011

Andrew Perchard, Niall MacKenzie, Stephanie Decker, and Giovanni Favero, "Clio in the business school: teaching history within business and management schools" (2013); paper presented at The Higher Education Academy's 15th annual Teaching and Learning Conference for Historians, London [no link available]

K. Kumar, et al., "Research on the Business and Entrepreneurship History of India: Reflections on the State of the Art and Future Directions," Working Paper no. 329 (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, 2011)

Sources for Syllabi

Guide to Business History Courses Worldwide (Harvard Business School, 2012)

BHC Syllabi Links

Syllabi Taught at Business Schools

David Moss, "Creating the Modern Financial System" (HBS)

Geoffrey Jones, "Entrepreneurship and Global Capitalism" (HBS)

Joe Martin and Chris Kobrak, "The Canadian and American Financial Systems: Comparisons and Contrasts" (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto)

Joe Martin, "Using History to Make Strategic Choices" (Canadian Business History) (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto)

Amity Shlaes, "The Great Depression" (Stern School of Business, New York University)

Richard Sylla, "The Development of Financial Institutions and Markets" (Stern School of Business, New York University)

George Smith, "Economic and Business History of the United States (Stern School of Business, New York University)