2022 BHC Meeting Program

This will be a hybrid meeting with online parallel sessions on Thursday and Friday. The final day of the 2022 Business History Conference will focus on in-person activities at the Hotel Maria Isabel in the heart of Mexico City. These include conventional events, such as the Krooss Prize Session and the Prize Ceremony. But most of the day will focus on plenary sessions that address significant issues affecting the organization and the field and will provide a forum for discussion and involvement from the audience. These include the future format of academic conferences, including the BHC; strategies for fostering diversity and inclusion, and issues related to new methodologies and sources for business history. The day will also feature plenty of opportunities to socialize, both during lunch and the presidential reception, which will feature a live-music event.

Tuesday, March 22nd

#BHC2022 pre-conference event open to all participants and attendees (22 March), Tuesday, 7:30am - Tuesday, 11:30pm

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*This event starts at 7:30 am Mexico City (9:30 am ET)*

The #BHC2022 Program Committee and the Business History Conference are pleased to invite you to a virtual event that will take place on March 22nd, 2022. This event is open to anyone registered to attend #BHC2022 in Mexico City or #BHC2022online. The March 22nd program will feature a Roundtable Reinserting the Industrial Corporation into the Narrative of Business History, a #BHC2022online Information session, and an Emerging Scholars Committee-sponsored seminar.


9:30 am to 11:30 am ET - Reinserting the Industrial Corporation into the Narrative of Business History.

Chair: Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University 
Discussant: Julia Ott, New School 

William Lazonick, The Academic-Industry Research Network
"Innovation and Financialization in the Theory of the Firm" 
Oner Tulum, The Academic-Industry Research Network (theAIRnet)
"Transformation from Innovation to Financialization at Merck, Sharp & Dohme" 
Matt Hopkins, SOAS, University of London
"How Financialization Destroyed Hercules Powder Co" 
Marie Carpenter, Institut Mines-Telecom Business School
"Cisco: From Innovation to Financialization"

11:30 am to noon ET - Information session with Program Committee members and #BHC2022 support members. 

There will be three concurrent Zoom rooms open for people to get familiar with the #BHC2022online conference platform as well as ask questions about the annual meeting.

Noon to 1:30 pm ET - Emerging Scholars Committee Workshop, Joining the Scholarly Discourse: How to Publish in the Business History Field. Featuring workshop speakers Stephanie Decker, Walter Friedman, and Andrew Popp. 

Registration for the annual meeting (#BHC2022) is required to attend this event. Please register (thebhc.org/annual-meeting-registration) to attend the #BHC2022 and to receive a link to this pre-conference event. We would like to remind you that registration to the annual meeting #BHC2022 for BHC MEMBERS that are emerging scholars and graduate students is free.

Wednesday, April 6th

Taller Empresariado en América Latina en Perspectiva Histórica y Global (en español), 8:00am - 7:00pm

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Full access to the Workshop program


Chinese Business History Workshop, 8:00am - 10:00pm

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Chinese Business History – the study of the historical development of business and entrepreneurship in China – saw its beginnings as a field during the 1980s when scholars in China and abroad started to probe the historical origins of the rapid rise of Chinese entrepreneurs and businesses after China’s Reform and Opening Up. Between the 1980s and early 2000s, the field grew steadily and produced several important research monographs and collaborative research projects. While individual scholars of Chinese history have continued to work on matters relating to business, entrepreneurship and commerce, collaborative research in the field has become largely dormant during the past two decades. This not only reduced interactions among scholars working on Chinese business history but also resulted in a dearth in efforts to answer collaboratively larger questions about the historical development of Chinese entrepreneurship and synthesize individual studies to move the larger field forward. Moreover, too little interaction exists between scholars of Chinese business history and business historians working on other regions of the world.

Participants: Dr. Bert Becker, University of Hong Kong, bert.becker@hotmail.com.hk, Mr. Jeremy Chua, University of Southern California (jiakaijc@usc.edu), Mr. Rob Konkel, Princeton University (rkonkel@princeton.edu), Mr. Zijun Li, Osaka University (zijun.li.ou@gmail.com), Mr. Bill Kelson, University of Georgia (wrk98241@uga.edu), Dr. Ghassan Moazzin, University of Hong Kong (gmoazzin@hku.hk), Mr. Jian Ren, Rutgers University (jr1369@history.rutgers.edu), Ms. Jackie Wang, University of Hong Kong (jackiejw@connect.hku.hk), Dr. John D. Wong, University of Hong Kong (jdwong@hku.hk) Dr. Meng Wu, Manchester University (meng.wu@manchester.ac.uk)

[Roundtable Recap] Reinserting the Industrial Corporation into the Narrative of Business History, 9:00am - 10:00am

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Reinserting the Industrial Corporation into the Narrative of Business History.

This session run during the Pre-conference event on March 22nd. Speakers and the audience were left with a short discussion time due to some technical difficulties. The Program Committee re-scheduled this session to continue with the discussion.

William Lazonick, The Academic-Industry Research Network
"Innovation and Financialization in the Theory of the Firm" 
Oner Tulum, The Academic-Industry Research Network (theAIRnet)
"Transformation from Innovation to Financialization at Merck, Sharp & Dohme" 
Matt Hopkins, SOAS, University of London
"How Financialization Destroyed Hercules Powder Co" 
Marie Carpenter, Institut Mines-Telecom Business School
"Cisco: from Innovation to Financialization"

Thursday, April 7th

Registration in Mexico City and Welcoming, 7:00am - 8:30am

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BHC Hub in the Sheraton Maria Isabel (Mexico City), 7:00am - 4:30pm

Bugambilias Room

Doctoral Colloquium 2022 (Mexico City), 7:00am - 6:00pm

Caza A and BC

More information thebhc.org/doctoral-colloquium-2022-mexico-city

Concurrent Sessions 1, 7:30am - 9:00am

Session a: Industrial Policy and the Sino-Soviet Alliance from Transnational Perspectives
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Chair: Ghassan Moazzin, University of Hong Kong
Discussant: Austin Jersild, Old Dominion University
Koji Hirata, Monash University
"Engineering the Socialist World: Sino-Soviet Relations and the PRC's First Five-Year Plan, 1953-1957"
Tao Chen, Tongji University
"Kicking away the Ladder? Trade and Chinese-East German Disputes on the Development of Optical Industry"
Jan Zofka, Leibniz-Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe
"Little and Large: Economic Exchanges between the People’s Republics of Bulgaria and China during the Sino-Soviet Alliance"
Session b: Responding to Shocks in the Pre-industrial World
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Chair: Carlos Becerril, Universidad Anáhuac México
Discussant: Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University
Alberto Grandi, University of Parma
"After the Plague: Businesses in Mantua from 1630s to 1650s"
Sean Kelley, University of Essex
"The Bunce Island Attack of 1728: The Disruption and Transformation of the Slave Trade in the Sierra Leone Estuary"
Lindsay Schakenbach Regele, Miami University
"The Disruption of the Nullification Crisis: A Reassessment"
Session c: Big Business and Elite Firms
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Chair: Maria Ines Barbero, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Discussant: Jari Ojala, University of Jyväskylä
Hartmut Berghoff, University of Göttingen
"Varieties of Family Capitalism: Results of a Comparative Project on Germany and the United States"
Norma Lanciotti, CONICET/ Universidad Nacional de Rosario, and Andrea Lluch, CONICET and Universidad de los Andes
"Big Business in Argentina: An Analysis of the Corporate Elite in the Long Term, 1913-1971"
Andrew Paxman, CIDE
"Who’s Who in “The Mafia of Power”: Mexican Business Elites from the Salinas Era to AMLO, 1988-2018"
Session d: Women and Retail Banking in the Twentieth Century
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Chair: Bernardita Escobar Andrae, Universidad de Valparaíso and Universidad de Talca
Discussant: Bernardita Escobar Andrae, Universidad de Valparaíso and Universidad de Talca
Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Northumbria University and Universidad Anáhuac México, and Miguel A. López-Morell, Universidad de Murcia
"Expanding and integrating Spanish banks networks and systems in Latin America "
Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Northumbria University and Universidad Anáhuac México, and Susana Martinez-Rodriguez, Universidad de Murcia
"Gender and Financialisation of Retail Banking in Spain, 1950-1975"
Victor Angel Flores, Citibanamex/ Banco Nacional de Mexico
"Mujeres Clientas de Banamex, 1940-1990"
Session e: Fashion Systems around the World in the Twentieth Century
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Chair: Veronique Pouillard, University of Oslo
Discussant: Veronique Pouillard, University of Oslo
Pierre-Yves Donzé, Osaka University
"Fashion as a Business System"
Emanuela Scarpellini, University of Milan
"The Italian Fashion System: Between Historical Heritage and Industrial Districts"
Ben Wubs, Erasmus University
"Germany’s Fashion System in the Long Twentieth Century"
Wessie Ling, London Metropolitan University
"Fashion System with Chinese Characteristics"
Session f: Bridging Entrepreneurship and Business History in the Service Industry
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Chair: Ángeles Montoro Sánchez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Discussant: Maria Eugénia Mata, Nova School of Business and Economics
Paloma Fernandez-Perez, Universitat de Barcelona
"Entrepreneurship and networks in the origins of the X Rays sector in Spain, 1890s-1930s"
Jorge Hernández, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Elena San Román, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Águeda Gil-López, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Teresa Mateo, KPMG
"The Opportunity of Scarcity. Entrepreneurial Bricolage in the Origins and Take-Off of the Spanish Tourism Sector (1920s-1990s)"
Adoracion Alvaro-Moya, CUNEF, and Elena San Román, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Águeda Gil-López, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
"Contextualizing Corporate Entrepreneurship Theory: the Historical Case of the Spanish Engineering Consulting Firm TYPSA (1966-2000)"
Elena San Román, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Águeda Gil-López, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Teresa Mateo, KPMG, and Alicia Sierra, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
"Networks and Entrepreneurship in the Pioneers of Spanish tourism. The Meliá Tourist Group (1932-1973)"
Session g: Merchants and the Global
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Chair: Jari Eloranta, University of Helsinki
Discussant: Ann Carlos, University of Colorado at Boulder
Robert Fredona, Harvard Business School, and Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York
"Merchant Marks in Renaissance Italy and the Mediterranean: The Case of the Medici Wool Trade"
Michael Aldous, Queen's University of Belfast
"Remaking the Bengal market in the 1830s - Mercantile Responses to Financial Crisis"
Steven Ivings, Kyoto University
"Western Merchants and the Meiji Restoration: The Case of John H. Duus and Anglo-Danish Merchant at Treaty Port Hakodate, 1868-1889"
Karolina Hutkova, London School of Economics
"Trade Policies in the British Empire, Sugar Business and Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth Century Mauritius"
Session h: Business, Firms and Cities in Twentieth-Century India (Part I)
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Chair: Douglas Haynes, Dartmouth University
Discussant: Tirthankar Roy, London School of Economics
Catharina Haensel, University of Göttingen
"'The Ahmedabad experiment' – Technological change and the emergence of scientific wage categories"
Kothandaraman Kumar, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and Manjunath AN, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
"Bangalore (1900 – 1970): Entrepreneurial shaping of the city’s business landscape "
Chikayoshi Nomura, Aoyama Gakuin University
"The Industrial History of Colonial India"
Chinmay Tumbe, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
"The Changing Corporate Landscape of 20th century India"
Session i: Industry Structure and Technology
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Chair: Yoko Katagiri, Fashion Institute of Technology
Discussant: Alberto Rinaldi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Andreas Sanders, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
"Pluto Unbound: Economic Liberalization and the Creation of a Global Mining Industry in the 19th Century"
Alvaro Silva, Nova School of Business and Economics
"Facing Complexity in a New Technological System: Experiments in International Business (Sofina, 1898-1938)"
David L. Stebenne, Ohio State University
"Business in Times of Disruption: IBM as a Case Study, 1929-1954"

Concurrent Sessions 2, 9:15am - 10:45am

Session a: Restructuring and Restrategising: Business Organization Forms in the Late Twentieth-Century
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Chair: Takashi Shimizu, University of Tokyo
Discussant: Leslie Hannah, London School of Economics
Sungshin Cho, Koyto University
"Japanese maritime cluster in the globalization and restructuring of the business groups"
Valeria Giacomin, Bocconi University, and Sandeep Pillai, Bocconi University
"The rise of Milan as a global fashion hub: a demand-driven theory of agglomeration (1960-1980)"
Andrew McGee, Carnegie Mellon University
"Conglomerates and the High Technology Pathway to Prosperity: Leveraged Buyouts, Electronics Subsidiaries, and the Business of U.S. Firm Growth, 1960-1985"
Session b: Banking Matters
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Chair: Thomas Buckley, University of Sheffield
Discussant: David Sicilia, University of Maryland
Sebastian Alvarez, Univeristy of Zurich and University of Oxford, and Gail Triner, Rutgers University
"Banking, Money, and Development: The Banco do Brasil, 1964-1986"
Louise Karlskov Skyggebjerg, Copenhagen Business School
"Creating the Local"
Louise Walker, Northeastern University
"Credit-Rating, Risk and Financial Exclusion: R.G.Dun in Mexico, 1890s-1920s"
Session c: Cultivating Business Culture and Affect
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Chair: Ai Hisano, University of Tokyo
Discussant: Andrew Popp, Copenhagen Business School
Megan Elias, Boston University
"Inventing the Hotelmen and their Industry"
Arwen Mohun, University of Delaware
"“That Heavenly New Car Smell: The Business of Artificial Odorants in Post-War America”"
Moeko Yamazaki, University of Oregon
"“Making the World on Time”: Business, Labor, and the State in the Development of the U.S. Logistics Industry"
Session d: Drudgery and Dynamism: Work and Politics in the White-Collar Century
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Chair: Johannes Dankers, Universiteit Utrecht
Discussant: Bryant Simon, Temple University
Brent Cebul, University of Pennsylvania
"The Origins of White-Collar Interning: Entrepreneurial Public Administrators, Cash-Strapped Universities, and the New Deal Roots of Substituting Experience for Pay "
Dylan Gottlieb, Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
"Sweatshop: The Origins of Overwork at Wall Street Law Firms"
Jeannette Estruth, Bard College and Harvard Berkman Klein Center
"Title: White Collar Tech, Blue Silicon Valley "
Session e: Theory and Method in Business History
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Chair: Santiago M. López-García, Universidad de Salamanca
Discussant: Takafumi Kurosawa, Kyoto University
Jairo Campuzano-Hoyos, Universidad EAFIT, and José Manuel Carrasco Weston, Universidad del Pacífico
"The Business History of Latin America Expanded: A Survey of Publications from 2010 to 2020 Compiled and Made Visible by The Business History Collective"
Mairi Maclean, University of Bath, and Charles Harvey, Newcastle University, and Alvaro Silva, Nova School of Business and Economics, and Stewart Clegg, University of Sydney, and Miguel Cunha, Nova School of Business and Economics
"Embracing Complexity through Contradiction: Paradox Theory and Business History"
John Wilson, Northumbria University, and Anna Tilba, Durham University
"Rhetorical history, temporal narratives and links in time: the case of pension fund investment short-termism"
Session f: Business, Firms and Cities in Twentieth-Century India (Part II)
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Chair: Chinmay Tumbe, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Discussant: Medha Kudaisya, National University of Singapore
Douglas Haynes, Dartmouth College
"Management Education, the IIMs and the Uneven Formation of Managerial Capitalism in India, 1955-1980"
Atiya Hussain, The Graduate Institute Geneva
"Bombay's Forgotten Economic Landscape"
Itamar Toussia Cohen, University of Oxford
"Capital and Community in Aden: Three Parsi Origin Stories"
Session g: Meet the Capitalists: Entrepreneurial Histories of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieh centuries
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Chair: Manuel Lloeca-Jana, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Discussant: Louis Galambos, Johns Hopkins University
Amor Mildred Escalante, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
"Profile of Modern Businessmen in Guanajuato during the Late 19th Century"
Bernardita Escobar Andrae, Universidad de Valparaíso and Universidad de Talca
"Building utilities in the South during 1890-1920: the path of Juan Tonkin Thomas"
Joseph Malherek, Independent scholar
"Freud’s American Nephew: Edward Bernays and the Selling of Psychoanalysis"
Andrew Primmer, University of Reading
"A Profile of a 'Gentlemanl Capitalist': Shirle Jenks's Business Interests in Colombia"
Session h: State Capacity and Business Practices in Early Modern Maritime Commerce
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Chair: Hannah Knox Tucker, Copenhagen Business School
Discussant: Steven Ivings, Kyoto University
Jeremy Land, University of Helsinki
"Currency, Credit, and Imperial Deficiencies: Colonial American Business Practices and Maritime Trade before Independence"
Jari Eloranta, University of Helsinki
"Empire Effect versus Crowding Out Effect: Shipping Productivity in the North Atlantic from 1764 to 1860"
Rodrigo Dominguez, Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais
"A Risky Business? Trade Monopoly Companies, Taxation and State Capacity in Early Modern Portugal, c. 1640-1750 "
Gustav Ängeby, Stockholm University
"Danish-Armenian Trade in the Indian Ocean around the Turn of the Nineteenth Century"

Concurrent Sessions 3, 11:00am - 12:15pm

Session a: Roundtable: The Historian’s Archivist: Honoring Sheldon Hochheiser
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Chair: Richard John, Columbia University
Discussant: The Audience
Stephen Adams, Salisbury University
William Caughlin, AT&T Archives and History Center
Gerardo Con Diaz, University of California, Davis
Jonathan Coopersmith, Texas A&M University
Sheldon Hochheiser, AT&T Archives and History Center
Richard John, Columbia University
Pamela Laird, University of Colorado, Denver
Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University
Session b: Brands as Rules, Brands or Rules
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Chair: Mary Yeager, University of California, Los Angeles
Discussant: Patrick Fridenson, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Benedita Câmara, University of Madeira, and Robert Fredona, Harvard Business School, and Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York
"The British East India Company as a “Hydra Brand”: The Case of Madeira Wine"
Roger Horowitz, Hagley Library and University of Delaware
"The Mob and the (Trade)mark: Schocktim, Gangsters, and Rule-Making in the Kosher Poultry Trade, 1890-1945"
Julio Moreno, University of San Francisco
"Coca-Cola, Branding, and the Quest for Trademark Regulation, 1886-the 1950s"
Session c: Religion, Business and Prejudice in American Banking
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Chairs: Lucy Newton, University of Reading, and Lucy Newton, University of Reading
Discussant: Mary O'Sullivan, University of Geneva
Susie Pak, St. John's University, and Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University
"What Makes A ‘Jewish Bank’ Jewish?"
Atiba Pertilla, German Historical Institute
"Revisiting the German-Jewish 'Business Elite'"
Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University
"From Silent Partner to 'Ideal Jewish Mother': Gender, Jewishness and the Changing Face of Wall Street"
Session d: Cosy Clubs: Cartel Regulation in the Twentieth Century
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Chair: Laura Phillips-Sawyer, University of Georgia School of Law
Discussant: Knut Sogner, BI Norwegian Business School
Declan O'Reilly, King's College London
"Making Germany Safe for American Business: IG Farben, Decartelization and The Politics of De-industrializing Post War Germany 1945-1949"
Espen Storli, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Pål Thonstad Sandvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
"Taming the Leviathans: How Norway Managed to Regulate the Strongest International Cartels and Trusts 1900-1940"
Session e: Motoring Strategies: Automobile Firms in the Twentieth Century
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Chair: Sabine Pitteloud, Harvard Business School
Discussant: Mark H. Rose, Florida Atlantic University
Jonas Geweke, University of Zurich
"Creating Loyalty through Betrayal – The Case of Volkswagen in the Middle East, 1960-80"
Yuan Jia , Universitat de Barcelona
"People’s Republic without People’s Car: China’s Automobile Industry Path (1953-2000)"
Alain Michel, University of Paris, Saclay and Evry University
"Biography as a measure of business complexity. Pierre Bézier’s career at Renault’s (1933-1975) and the contrast between an engineer’s creative projects and the management of a firm"
Session f: Agribusiness in Transition
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Chair: Shane Hamilton, University of York
Discussant: Araceli Almaraz, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Cristian Walk, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"George H. Todd and the Ventura County Citrus Strike of 1941: Agribusiness, Marketing Cooperatives, and Class Divisions Among the Lemon Growers "
Victoria Woeste, University of Illinois Law School
"Capitalism and Agriculture: The Fate of American Democracy"
Devin Jerome, University of Georgia
"'Somos Amantes Del Trabajo': Mexican Braceros, Jim Crow, and Cotton Labor in the Post-WWII Delta"
Session g: The 1982 Debt Crisis 40 Years Later: Business in Turbulent Times (Part I)
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Chair: Edoardo Altamura, The Graduate Institute Geneva
Discussant: Rory Miller, University of Liverpool
Christian Marx, University of Trier
"The West European Chemical Industry in Latin America after the First Oil Price Shock"
Alejandro Gaggero, CONICET, and Bruno Perez Almansi, CONICET
"The Expansion of the Macri Business Group During the 1980s Decade in Argentina"
Martin Monsalve, Universidad del Pacífico
"Political risk and financial strain: Peruvian Entrepreneurs and challenge of the external debt Crisis, 1977-1990"

Concurrent Sessions 4, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session a: Depressions and Crises
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Chair: Norma Lanciotti, CONICET and Universidad de Rosario
Discussant: Alvaro Silva, Nova School of Business
Nick Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Commercial Banking Meets the Cold War: The Politics of Regulatory Forbearance in the Latin American Debt Crisis, 1982-1989"
Jiajia Liu, The Graduate Institute Geneva
"The Adaptation and Resilience of Financial Capitalism on the Periphery: the Shanghai Rubber Stock Market Crisis and the Fall of Imperial China "
Knut Sogner, BI Norwegian Business School
"Too big to survive? The Norwegian reaction to the 1920s banking crisis"
Session b: Lights, Sound and Music: Mass Media in 20th Century America
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Chair: Walter Friedman, Harvard Business School
Discussant: Ai Hisano, University of Tokyo
Shawna Kidman, University of California, San Diego
"The Failure of Entrepreneurial Exhibition: Independent Movie Theatres in the Age of Digital Media Conglomerates"
Shadrick Small, University of California, Berkeley
"Audible Struggle: Phonographs, Records, and Musical Manufactures in the United States, 1899-1939"
Susan V. Spellman, Miami University, and John Forren, Miami University
"Canned Speech: Selling Democracy in the Phonographic Age"
Session c: Money and Sovereignty in the Colonial Americas
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Chair: Manuel Alejandro Bautista González, Columbia University
Discussant: Carlos Marichal, El Colegio de México
Jane Knodell, University of Vermont
"War Finance in 17th-Century Massachusetts Bay: An Alternative History of the Bills of Credit"
Jesse Kraft, The American Numismatic Society
"Fips, Levies, Shillings, and Dollars: Language, Value, and the Circulation of Spanish-American Small Change in the Early United States"
Andrew Konove, University of Texas, San Antonio
"Revolutionary Coins: Money and Sovereignty During Mexico’s Independence Era"
Session d: Empresas y desarrollo económico en América Latina (sesión en español)
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Chair: Jairo Campuzano-Hoyos, Universidad EAFIT
Discussant: José Galindo, Universidad Veracruzana
Mario Raccanello Rossi, CONICET/ Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Marcelo Rougier, CONICET/ Universidad de Buenos Aires
"ALUAR (Aluminio Argentina) and the Argentine deindustrialization process in recent years"
RAMIRO VILLASANA, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas
"La inversión directa estadounidense en el norte de México: Nuevo León, Coahuila y Chihuahua (1970-1999)"
Carlos Gutierrez, Universidad Nacional de Misiones
"'Rentismo políticamente arriesgado': empresas constructoras y obra pública en Misiones (Argentina) en la década del 2000"
Marco Antonio Samaniego Lòpez, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
"Consorcios empresariales: construir espacios en frontera, 1900-1950"
Session e: Entrepreneurial Networks
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Chair: Erica Salvaj, Universidad del Desarrollo
Discussant: Michael Aldous, Queen's University Belfast
Manjunath AN, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
"Regional Transformation as Cumulative Effect of Entrepreneurial Agency: The case of Princely Mysore (1881 – 1950)"
Steven Ivings, Kyoto University
"From Black Market to Industry Cluster: Colonial Repatriate Entrepreneurship in Postwar Gifu, Japan"
Smith Adolf , Osaka University
"Buddha and innovation: Japanese businessmen’s Zen nexus, 1868-1945"
Session f: Early Modern English Traders in International Contexts
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Chair: Damian Clavel, University of Oxford
Discussant: Edward Behrend-Martínez, Appalachian State University
Jason White, Appalachian State University
"'We shall hope to have gold teeth in return of our capital': the Williams Family of Merchants From the Levant to Barbados"
Ellen Nye, Yale University
"A Commerce in Coins: The Early Modern Ottoman Empire as an Arena for Competing Theories of Money’s Value"
Matthew Mitchell, The University of the South, Sewanee
"‘Mr Morice is said to appear at the head’ The Bubble Act and an aborted joint-stock slave trading company"
Session g: The 1982 Debt Crisis 40 Years Later: Finance in Turbulent Times (Part II)
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Chair: Sebastian Alvarez, University of Zuric and University of Oxford
Discussant: Gail Triner, Rutgers University
Gustavo Del Angel, CIDE, and Marisol Lopez Romero, Universitat de Barcelona
"Private and state-owned banks in times of high instability. Mexico 1970-1988"
Wilfried Kisling, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Catherine Schenk, University of Oxford
"The Package Makes the Deal: Sovereign debt crisis and lending strategies of Lloyds Bank International in Latin America, 1975 – 1983"
Carlos Brando, CESA, and German Forero, Universidad Externado
"Shifting to Trade for Profit: The Andean Development Corporation's Strategy during the Crisis of the 1980s"
Seung Woo Kim, The Graduate Institute Geneva
"A Virtuous Debtor? South Korea's External Debt Management, 1962-1983"

Concurrent Sessions 5, 3:15pm - 4:30pm

Session a: Natural Resources and Imperial Anxieties
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Chair: Espen Storli, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Discussant: Espen Storli, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Rob Konkel, Princeton University
"Combine and Conquer: Managing Colonial Resource Security in the Age of Disequilibrium"
Yen Nie Yong, Kyoto University
"From Craft to Industry and Back: Malaya’s Role in Maintaining Tin’s Relevance to Early Industrialization (1930s–1960s)"
Jordan Howell, Harvard University
"Beyond Security and Scarcity: The Rise of Jamaica’s Bauxite Industry in the Cold War"
Session b: The American Startup Dream: Venture Capital in the Twentieth Century
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Chair: Xavier Duran, Universidad de los Andes
Discussant: Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University
Stephen Adams, Salisbury University
"Stanford University and Foundation Funding: Developing an Organizational Capability, 1920-1960"
Daniel Raff, The Wharton School and NBER
"Limited Partnerships and the Genesis of the American Venture Capital Industry and All It Wrought"
Mols Sauter, University of Maryland
"Charting Venture Capital in American Enterprise: The Development, Diffusion, and Impact of the Casey Life Cycle Model"
Session c: Selling States: International Investment as Business and Practice
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Chair: Sean Vanatta, University of Glasgow
Discussant: Grace Ballor, Bocconi University
David Thomson, Sacred Heart University
"'Repudiation is Now Weighing Like a Mountain': U.S. State Debt and Foreign Bondholders in the 1830s-40s"
Alexia Yates, University of Manchester
"Making the Investor State: French Finance and Haiti’s Unpayable Debts"
Bianca Murillo, California State University, Dominguez Hills
"Contracts, Credit, and Crime: International Investors in Ghana 1960s-70s"
Session d: Reimagining Business in the Age of Personal Computers and Early Internet Commercialization
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Chair: Andrew McGee, Carnegie Mellon University
Discussant: JoAnne Yates, MIT Sloan School of Management
Benjamin Waterhouse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"The Future Is Virtual"
Erica Robles-Anderson, New York University
"TurboTax: Business Accounting as Counter-Bureaucratic Medium"
Lee Vinsel, Virginia Tech
"What was the 'New Economy'?"
Session e: The Business of Slavery
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Chair: Kathryn Silva, Claflin University
Discussant: Justene Hill Edwards, University of Virginia
Alexandra Garrett, Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, Iona College
"Hammering Nails for Buildings and the Nation: Enslaved Workers in Ironworks during the Southern Market Revolution"
Lina Mann, White House Historical Association
"Slavery and White Construction: Exploring the Role of Enslaved Workers in White House Construction Projects"
Tracy Barnett, University of Georgia
"Selling White Supremacy: The Domestic Arms Trade in Antebellum America"
Session f: Business and Social Demands in the 1970s
Virtual room
Chair: Gerardo Con Diaz, University of California, Davis
Discussant: Sandrine Kott, University of Geneva
Marvin Schnippering, University of Glasgow
"The struggle of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) against Multinational Enterprises (MNE)"
Sabine Pitteloud, Harvard Business School
"Have Faith in Business: Nestlé, Religious Shareholders, and the Quest for Ethical Corporate Strategies [1970s-1990s]"
Melanie Sheehan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"‘We Cannot Wait another Decade or More for the United Nations’: The AFL-CIO and the Problem of Scale in Regulating Multinational Firms"
Session g: Food for Thought: Agribusiness in the Past Century
Virtual room
Chair: Xaq Frohlich, Auburn University
Discussant: Ann-Kristin Bergquist, Umeå University
Shane Hamilton, University of York, and Andrew C. Godley, Henley Business School
"The Historical Paradoxes of Agrifood Standards"
Carlos Marcuello Recaj, Universitat de Barcelona
"China's agri-food investments in South America: motivations and mechanisms (2001-2020)"
Cody Patton, Ohio State University
"A Different Kind of Dry: Drought, Barley, and the Consolidation of the American Brewing Industry, 1910-1941"
Session h: Culture in Crisis: Entertainment Industries and Economic Change in the United States
Virtual room
Chair: Vicki Howard, University of Essex and Business History Conference
Discussant: Peter Labuza, San Jose State University
Samuel Backer, Johns Hopkins University
"'The Combination Panic:' Economic Disruption, Social Hierarchy, and Touring Theater in the Gilded Age"
Jessica Dauterive, George Mason University
"Flat Town Music Company, 1964: The British Invasion, the Folk Revival, and Recording Traditional Cajun Music"
Joseph Thompson, Mississippi State University
"'Most Liked World Wide': The Armed Forces and the Global Market for Country Music"
Marc Levinson, Independent Scholar
"Deregulation and Market Structure: The Case of Television "

Friday, April 8th

Registration (Mexico City), 7:00am - 8:00am

Bugambilias Room

BHC Hub in the Sheraton Maria Isabel (Mexico City), 7:30am - 4:30pm

Bugambilias Room

Concurrent Sessions 6, 8:00am - 9:30am

Session a: Roundtable: The Business History of India and China
Virtual room
While business history as a field of study originated and has for long focused on the history of business in Western developed countries and regions and Japan, more recently historians have called attention to the growing body of business history scholarship that deals with emerging markets. They… Read more
Chairs: Chinmay Tumbe, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and Ghassan Moazzin, University of Hong Kong
Discussants: Chinmay Tumbe, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and Ghassan Moazzin, University of Hong Kong, and Medha Kudaisya, National University of Singapore, and Zhaojin Zeng, Duke Kunshan University, and Chikayoshi Nomura, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
Session b: Experiments in Finance
Virtual room
Chair: Sharon Murphy, Providence College
Discussant: Juan Flores Zendejas, University of Geneva
neveen abdelrehim, Newcastle University , and Shakila Yacob, University of Malaya
"The Emergence and Institutionalisation of Islamic Banking and Finance (IBF)"
Thomas Buckley, University of Sheffield , and Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Northumbria University and Universidad Anáhuac México
"Early Forms of FinTech: Experiments in Delivering Banking Services"
Israel Cedillo Lazcano, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla
"Don José Yves Limantour and Mexican Stablecoins"
Simone Selva, University of Naples
"Eurodollar markets and Corporations: the early mechanics of capital supply and borrowing in the making of financial globalization under Bretton Woods and beyond"
Session c: The Foreign Hand: Globalization and Multinationals in the early 20th century
Virtual room
Chair: Takafumi Kurosawa, Kyoto University
Discussant: Simon Ville, University of Wollongong
Thomas DeBerge, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Business Responsibility, Human Rights, and the Vertical Integration of Multinational Corporations: US Rubber Company and ‘Red Rubber’ in the Congo Free State, 1900-1910"
Rebekah McCallum, Penn State University
"Global events, regional business decisions and local labor policy on company tea plantations in South Asia, 1901-1951"
Chao Ren, University of Michigan
"Corporate Frontiers: Business, Empire, and Colonial Legal Pluralism in a Burmese Oil Field, c.1900-1913"
Takafumi Uchikawa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
"The transfer of the technological style from USA to Japan, 1920s-1930. Focusing on the analyst Ide Daijiro"
Session d: Re-thinking the History of Business Education
Virtual room
Chair: Daniel Wadhwani, University of Southern California
Discussant: Carlos Davila, Universidad de los Andes
Christoph Viebig, Copenhagen Business School
"Fiction and Forecast: Understanding Germany’s higher trade schools’ curricular development 1898 – 1945"
Rolv Petter Amdam, BI Norwegian Business School, and Andrea Lluch, CONICET and Universidad de los Andes
"ILO and the making of managers in Argentina"
Adrien Jean-Guy Passant, Léonard de Vinci Pôle Universitaire
"Entrepreneurship education for colonized indigenous students: A forgotten educational experiment in colonial Vietnam under French rule in the interwar period"
Session e: Trade, Taxes and Technology in the Twentieth Century
Virtual room
Chair: Niels Haueter, Swiss Re Group
Discussant: John Wilson, Northumbria University
Blessy Abraham, University of Delhi
"Protection versus Preference: Behind the Scenes of Indian Tariff Board, 1923-1927"
Makiko Hino, Kindai University
"Export Policy and the Italian Textile Industry in the Postwar Era (1945-1957): Synthetic Fiber, Cotton, Silk, Wool Productions and the Sector-specific Conditions"
Jesús D. López-Manjón, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, and Javier Fernandez-Roca, Universidad Pablo de Olavide
"La exportación de aceite andaluz (circa 1890-1935): Una contribución a la historia de las empresas"
Session f: Politics of Business, Business of Politics
Virtual room
Chair: Juliette Levy, University of California, Riverside
Discussant: The Audience
Jiakai Jeremy Chua, University of Southern California
"Flight, Flag, and Culture: The Making of the Chinese Aviation Complex and the Infrastructural State"
Tomas Fernandez de Sevilla, Universitat de Barcelona
"The origins of Professional Association Football in Spain"
Rivers Gambrell, University of Oxford
"The American Presidency and the Business of Pro Football (1960-1976)"
Jesse Tarbert, Independent scholar
"Running Government Like a Business: The History of an Analogy"
Session g: Medical Imaginations: Business and Healthcare since the Late Nineteenth Century
Virtual room
Chair: Paloma Fernandez-Perez, Universitat de Barcelona
Discussant: Pierre-Yves Donzé, Osaka University
Anne-Marie Dubreuil, Université du Québec à Montréal
"The Social Trusteeship of Capital in Times of Change : Corporate Philanthropy and General Hospitals in Montreal, 1880-1915 "
Jaime E. Londoño-Motta, Universidad Icesi
"Complejos médicos empresariales una alternativa a la medicina liberal: Fundación Valle del Lili (Cali, Colombia) 1982-2020"
Lauren Ruhrold, University of Minnesota
"Out of Absolute Necessity: Collective Entrepreneurship and the Transformation of the American Surgical Instrument Trade"
Maki Umemura, Cardiff University
"Local Hypes and Hopes: Dissonant expectations and the shaping of the cell and gene therapies sector in the United States, Britain and Japan"

Concurrent Sessions 7, 9:45am - 11:15am

Session a: Information and Technology Led Disruptions
Virtual room
Chair: Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Northumbria University and Universidad Anáhuac México
Discussant: Heidi Tworek, University of British Columbia
Johanna Gautier Morin, European University Institute
"The Revenge of the Nerds: How the Automation of Stock Markets Impacted the Sociology of the Financial World"
Anne Heslinga, Erasmus University Rotterdam
"Between a Platform and a Hard Place: Dutch Game Developers, Technological Change and Adapting to Precarity (1990-2010)"
Eric Hintz, Smithsonian Institution
"Moneyball: The Computational Turn in Professional Sports Management"
Steve Schifferes, City University of London
"The Future of Internet News: What Can History Teach Us?"
Session b: The Big Project: Infrastructure Concerns across Time
Virtual room
Chair: William Childs, The Ohio State University
Discussant: Bram Bouwens, Utrecht University
Grace Ballor, Bocconi University, and Tom Cinq-Mars, Duke University
"Infrastructure and Integration: How Europe’s Two Largest Oil Pipelines Shaped the Cold War Economy"
Shoya Fugetsu, Kyoto University
"Builders of the Royal Navy: Contracts of warship constructions at the turn of the eighteenth century"
Chelsea Spencer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Great Estimations: Craft, Quantification, and General Contracting"
Session c: Up in the Air: Space and Time in Business History
Virtual room
Chair: Marie Carpenter, Institut Mines-Telecom Business School
Discussant: Ludovic Cailluet, EDHEC Business School
Adrian Cozmuta, University of Glasgow and Kyoto University
"Selling ‘The World’s Favourite Airline’: British Airways’ privatisation and the motives behind it"
Marta Villamor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Fabian Prieto-Ñañez, Virginia Tech, and David Kirsch, Robert H. Smith School of Business
"The Pirates of the Caribbean: Mapping Responses to Institutional Voids by Satellite Entrepreneurs, 1974-1986"
John Wong, The University of Hong Kong
"Rewiring the Skyways in Southeast Asia: How Geopolitics Fuelled the Growth of Commercial Aviation from the Perspective of Cold War Hong Kong"
Session d: Roundtable: Teaching Business History Across Disciplines and Borders
Virtual room
In this roundtable, we will engage in a practical discussion on the potential role that business history can play in and beyond business education. In particular, we want to discuss how our discipline might appeal to and have practical application for aspiring practitioners across several sectors,… Read more
Chairs: Takafumi Kurosawa, Kyoto University, and Duncan Ross, Glasgow University
Discussants: Jan Logemann, University of Göttingen, and Paloma Fernandez-Perez, University of Barcelona, and Andrea Lluch, CONICET and Universidad de los Andes, and Daniel Wadhwani, University of Southern California, and Peter Miskell, Henley Business School, and Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York, and Ben Wubs, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Session e: Race and Finance
Virtual room
Chair: Ann Daly, Misissippi State University
Discussant: Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi
Christy Chapin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
"American Bankers and Black Citizens, 1950-1980s: Transforming PR 'Vulnerabilities' into 'Corporate Social Responsibility'"
Aniket De, Harvard University
"Racial Capitalism and Federal Finance in British India, 1920-1935"
Session f: The Ad World: Practices in Advertising History
Virtual room
Chair: Vicki Howard, University of Essex and Business History Conference
Discussant: Julio Moreno, University of San Francisco
Jennifer Black, Misericordia University
"Whiteness as a Business Strategy: A Comparative Look at Newspaper Advertising in the Age of Jackson"
Pablo Federico Pryluka, Princeton University
"Television, Advertising, and Consumption: Argentine Capitalism in the 1960s and 1970s"
Caroline Jack, University of California, San Diego
"Selling America to Americans: Catchphrase Nationalism and Promotional Culture, 1919-1939"
Susmita Das, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Indigenization of American Multinational Corporations: Insights and Lessons from the Indian Advertising Industry"
Session g: Official Markets: Bureaucrats as Market Makers in the Twentieth Century
Virtual room
Chair: Stefan Link, Dartmouth College
Discussant: Stefan Link, Dartmouth College
Jamieson Gordon Myles, University of Geneva
"Transforming the Culture of Commercial Credit: Trade Acceptances, Financial Reform, and the U.S. Money Market, 1915-1923"
Mary Bridges, Yale University
"Reputation Rating and the State: How the US Government Got in the Business of Foreign Credit Information in the Interwar Period "
Ian Kumekawa, Harvard University
"Industrial Export Assistance and State Growth in Interwar Britain"
Sean Vanatta, University of Glasgow
"The Ascent of the Prudent Man: State Trust Rules and the Origins of Financialization"
Session h: Competition Policy and the Business of Regulating Markets: Public and Private Responses to Antimonopoly Sentiment in the 20th c
Virtual room
Chair: Richard John, Columbia University
Discussant: Neil Rollings, University of Glasgow
Susanna Fellman, University of Gothenburg, and Martin Shanahan, University of South Australia and University of Gothenburg
"Who Joins an International Cartel? Why Are Some Firms Keen to Enter, while Others Are Reluctant?"
Laura Phillips-Sawyer, University of Georgia School of Law
"Regulating Competition Abroad: United States v. Alcoa and the Extraterritorial Reach of American Antitrust, 1909–1945"
Peter Labuza, San Jose State University
"Movie Mad Litigants: The Rise of Private Antitrust Litigation, 1946–1960"
Sean Seyer, University of Kansas
"Fighting Against the 'Air Trust' Stigma: The Manufacturers Aircraft Association and the Politics of Military Aircraft Procurement, 1917–1926"

Concurrent Sessions 8, 11:30am - 12:45pm

Session a: MariTIME: Disruptions and Temporality in Maritime Business and Labour
Virtual room
Chair: Valeria Giacomin, Bocconi University
Discussant: Gelina Harlaftis, University of Crete
Hannah Knox Tucker, Library Company of Philadelphia
"Reconsidering Time in Port: Comparing Management Practices in Early Atlantic Shipping"
Morten Tinning, Copenhagen Business School
"Time at Sea: Business, Labour and Time Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century Shipping"
Johanna Markkula, University of Oslo
"'A Sea Change': Transforming Temporalities of Shipping Labor since the 1970s"
Session b: Intermediation and Gatekeeping in International Finance, 1830-1914
Virtual room
Chair: Christy Chapin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Discussant: Alexia Yates, University of Manchester
Meghna Chaudhuri, Boston College
"Racial Futures: Early Nineteenth-Century Indian Investors and the Business of Life"
Christoph Nitschke, Harvard University
"The Diplomacy of Investment Banking Wives: Social Intermediation and Transatlantic Creditworthiness in Victorian London"
Paula Vedoveli, Fundação Getulio Vargas
"Leaving it to the Future: National Wealth, Repayment Capacity, and Regimes of Credibility, 1890-1914"
Session c: Gendering Business
Virtual room
Chair: Kari Zimmerman, University of St. Thomas  
Discussant: Paula de la Cruz-Fernández, University of Florida and Business History Conference
Sonia Jaimes-Penaloza, Universidad Icesi/ Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar
"Empresas colombianas con manos y ojos de mujer (1956-2010). Estudio de tres casos. Women hands and eyes on three Colombian companies (1956-2021)"
Charles Petersen, Cornell Univeristy
"Flexible Meritocracy and Flexible Masculinity: Remaking Gender and Organizational Form in Silicon Valley, 1957-1998"
Jackie Wang, University of Hong Kong
"Entertaining Inheritance: Women and Property Expansion in Republican China, 1926-1936"
Session d: Black Brilliance: The Challenges of African-American Business
Virtual room
Chair: Elizabeth Shermer, Loyola University
Discussant: Kendra Boyd, Rutgers University
Keon Burns, Pennsylvania State University
"Black Grocers, Black Activism, and the Spaces in Between"
Clive Muir, Washington University, St. Louis
"Promises and Disruptions in Black Entrepreneurship: A Narrative Reframing of The Water-melon Market at Charleston, S.C., 1866"
Robert Murray, Mercy College
"'Doth Bargain, Sell, Assign, and Convey…': Free Black Farmers in the Antebellum Ohio Valley"
Session e: Emprendimiento en America Latina: Redes y capital social (sesión en español)
Virtual room
Chair: Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal, Universidad del Pacífico and Universidad de los Andes
Discussant: Javier Vidal, Universidad de Alicante
Magdalena Garmendia, CONICET/ IHUCSO Litoral
"¿Por qué no empresario? La construcción del emprendedor como categoría social (Argentina, 1980-2000)"
Joan Largo-Vargas, Universidad EAFIT, and Jairo Campuzano-Hoyos, Universidad EAFIT
"La carta de negocios y su papel en la generación de confianza en contextos de alta incertidumbre: aproximación al archivo epistolar de un empresario colombiano, 1929-1933"
Edgar López , Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
"Emprendimiento, emprendedores y política en México"
Session f: Arbitrary Policies and Business in Latin America
Virtual room
Chair: Roberto Velez Grajales, Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias
Discussant: Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Martin Monsalve, Universidad del Pacífico
"Developmentalism, Nationalism and Political Risk: Big Business and Government Rations During “Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces (1968-1980)” in Perú"
Noel Maurer, George Washington University
"Defaulting for Investment: Bondholders and Direct Investors in the Depression"
Juan Flores Zendejas, University of Geneva, and Aurora Gómez Galvarriato Freer , El Colegio de México
"When It Rains, It Pours: Mexico's Bank Nationalization and the Debt Crisis of 1982"
Session g: Solving Problems: Innovations for Growth
Virtual room
Chair: Zhaojin Zeng, Duke Kunshan University
Discussant: Adoracion Alvaro-Moya, CUNEF Universidad
Emilie Bonhoure, Kedge Business School
"How pre-WWI Paris-listed firms solve agency issues: the statutory rule of profit allocation"
Jean-Philip Mathieu, McGill University
"Nailed It: How a Montreal Hardware Manufacturer Thrived in the Great Depression of the 1870s"
Qing Xia, Osaka University
"Innovation in the Japanese green tea industry, 1970-2020"
Julia Yongue, Hosei University
"Business and regulation: How health policies shaped the development of the Japanese Kampo medicines industry "

Concurrent Sessions 9, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Session a: Empire and Industry in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
Virtual room
Chair: Israel García Solares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Discussant: Thomas Andrews, University of Colorado, Boulder
Emma Teitelman, Pennsylvania State University
"The Political Economy of the White Mountain-San Carlos Indian Reservation in Arizona’s Copper Fields"
Liat Spiro, College of the Holy Cross
"Infrastructure Imperialism and Extraction: Capital Goods, Currency Reform, and Development Politics before the First World War"
Katherine Benton-Cohen, Georgetown University
"Expansion, Revolution, and War: Phelps-Dodge, the Railroad Industry, and Mexico"
Session b: Markets and Morality
Virtual room
Chair: Louis Hyman, Cornell University
Discussant: Edward Balleisen, Duke University
Jan Logemann, University of Göttingen
"Death as a Business? Commercial Funeral Businesses and Debates over the Morality of Markets in early 20th Germany"
Stephanie Seketa, Ringling College of Art & Design
"Corset Wars: The Complex Layers of Antisemitic Attacks, Espionage, Foreign Invaders, and Power-Driven Guillotines"
John Wendt, Texas A&M University
"Debt and Dispossession: American Military Spending and Southern Banking in the Second Seminole War"
Session c: Inherited Traditions of Responsibility in Business
Virtual room
Chair: Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School
Discussant: Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School
Kunyuan Qiao, Cornell University
"On Varying Institutions among U.S. States: Historical Origins and Contemporary Organizational Implications"
Valeria Giacomin, University of Bocconi
"Spiritual Philanthropy in Emerging Markets"
Sudev Sheth, The Lauder Institute
"Gandhi and the Confluence of Global Ideas of Business Responsibility"
Session d: Ingenieros, Innovación y Empresa En América Latina y España (sesión en español)
Virtual room
Chair: Jorge Lafuente del Cano, Universidad de Valladolid
Discussant: Pablo Alonso-Villa, Universidad de Valladolid
Guillermo Guajardo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
"Ingeniería, negocios privados e infraestructura pública en Chile, ca. 1870-1930"
Aurora Gómez Galvarriato Freer , El Colegio de México
"Innovation and Entrepreneurship In The Periphery: Luis Romero Soto (1873-1964) And The Industrialization Of Corn Tortilla Production in Mexico"
Nashely Lizarme Villcas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
"Tizón y Fuchs: Ingenieros En La Industria Peruana (1900 – 1930)"
Pablo Alonso-Villa, Universidad de Valladolid, and Pedro Pablo Ortúñez, Universidad de Valladolid, and Jorge Lafuente del Cano, Universidad de Valladolid
"Isidro Rodríguez Zarracina, Ingeniero y Emprendedor En La España Del Primer Tercio Del Siglo XX"
Session e: Economic Democracy: Participation, Sovereignty, and Control in North American History
Virtual room
Chair: Christy Chapin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Discussant: Jessica Levy, Purchase College
Amanda Gibson, Kenyon College
"The Emancipation of Elizabeth Keckly: Creditworthiness and Antebellum Democracy"
Misty Peñuelas, University of Oklahoma
"Economic Democracy in Unexpected Places: Property, Discipline and Money in the Nineteenth-Century Cherokee Nation"
Brian Sarginger, University of Maryland
"The Case for Corporate Democracy: Shareholders, Institutions, Activists, and the Question of Corporate Control"
Session f: Business in Political Transitions: Strategies and Stakeholder Management
Virtual room
Chair: Neil Rollings, University of Glasgow
Discussant: Rory Miller, University of Liverpool
Stephanie Decker, University of Bristol, and Linda Hsieh, University of Birmingham
"From Business-Government Relations to Corporate Political Activities and Non-Market Strategies: How to Frame Business Responses to Political Transitions?"
Christina Lubinski, Copenhagen Business School
"Mental Maps of Nationalism: Indo-German Business Relations and the Challenge of Political Transition"
Xavier Duran, Universidad de los Andes, and Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Minyoung Kim, University of Kansas
"My Best Frenemy - International Non-Market Strategies and Corporate Diplomacy: Standard Oil of New Jersey and the Panama Reparations"
Session g: Aims of Industry? The Culture Industries in an Era of British Imperial Decline
Virtual room
Chair: Pamela Laird, University of Colorado, Denver
Discussant: Mark Crowley, David Eccles Business School
Holly Swenson, Northwestern University
"British Tabloid Journalism in Australia, 1925-1945"
Erika Rappaport, University of California, Santa Barbara
"'Aims of Industry': Big Business, Public Relations and the Fight against Nationalization in Britain and the Commonwealth, 1940s-1960s"
Caroline Ritter, Texas State University
"A Global British Language: The Supply and Demand for English-Language Learning Materials"
Session h: The Education of Business and the Business of Education
Virtual room
Chair: Maria Fernandez-Moya, CUNEF Universidad
Discussant: Rolv Petter Amdam, Norwegian Business School
Andrew Busch, Coastal Carolina University
"Unstructured Problems and Non-Routine Production: Business Schools and the Transformation of High Technology, 1967-1983"
Eric Godelier, Ecole Polytechnique
"A Contribution to the History of Management Education in France : From the Science of Practices to Management Science "
Amal Kumar, Harvard University, and Daniel Wadhwani, University of Southern California
"The Moral Valence of Educational Technology in Historical Perspective"

Concurrent Sessions 10, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Session a: Knowledge Production Forms across Time
Virtual room
Chair: Ted Beatty, University of Notre Dame
Discussant: William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Giovanni Favero, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
"A Secret Lost – and Recovered: Making China Wares in 18th-Century Venice"
Anne Hanley, Northern Illinois Unviersity
"The Production of Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Brazil: Printing Houses and Government Statistics"
Kristian Taketomo, University of Pennsylvania
"Statisticians, Industrialists, and the Mapping of Metropolitan Space"
Natalya Vinokurova, The Wharton School
"The Impact of Industrial Research Labs on Firms’ R&D Productivity"
Session b: Roundtable: New Approaches to the Practices and Material Infrastructure of Finance
Virtual room
Sometimes the most fruitful advances in scholarship occur when different intellectual trajectories and influences are brought into dialogue with one another, when concepts and methodologies developed and perhaps commonplace in one can reinvigorate debates around old questions in another area or,… Read more
Chair: Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University
Discussant: Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University
Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University
Bruce Baker, Newcastle Univeristy, and Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University
Alexia Yates, University of Manchester
"Finance as Practice: Matter, Mentalité, and the Ordinary Investor"
David Pinzur, London School of Economics and Political Science
"Infrastructure and the Sociology of Financial Markets"
Andrew Popp, Copenhagen Business School
"Materiality, subjectivities, and business history"
Session c: Commodity Money in the 19th Century: Flows, Crises, Rivalry
Virtual room
Chair: Carlos Marichal, El Colegio de México
Discussant: Jane Knodell, University of Vermont
Sandra Kuntz Ficker, El Colegio de México
"Mexican Silver in the World Economy, 1821-1870 "
Nicholas Guoth, Independent scholar
"A Trading House of Treasure: The Movement of Gold and Silver through England in the Early 1850s"
Manuel Alejandro Bautista González, Columbia University
"King Cotton and his Mexican Pesos: The Production and Exports of Mexican Silver Pesos to New Orleans (1821-1861)."
Jonah Estess, American University
"Trading Dollars: Competing Interests, Monetary Sovereignty, and the Trade Dollar in the Late-Nineteenth Century United States"
Session d: Roundtable: Institutions and the Branding of Business History
Virtual room
This session will address the challenges and opportunities that Business Historians face in different institutional environments around the world - from history departments to business schools and economics departments, among others. It will pay particular attention to the institutional conditions… Read more
Chair: Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York
Discussant: The Audience
Susie Pak, St. John's University, and Takafumi Kurosawa, Kyoto University, and Ben Wubs, Erasmus University, and Neil Rollings, University of Glasgow
Session e: Regulating Safety in the American Marketplace
Virtual room
Chair: Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia
Discussant: Ashton Merck, North Carolina State University
Alexander Parry, Johns Hopkins University
"Governing Safety: Consumers, Industry Self-Regulation, and the U.S. National Commission on Product Safety, 1968–1970"
Brice Bowrey, University of Maryland, College Park
"The Rise and Fall of Federal Regulation of the U.S. Medical Device Industry, 1960-2012"
Jiemin Tina Wei, Harvard University
"The U.S. Contraceptive Market Niche: the OCP, the IUD, and their Physician-Inventors, 1970-1985"
Joanna Grisinger, Northwestern University
"Access to the Air: Airline Safety and Disability Rights in the 1970s"
Session f: Tracking Management: Railroads in North America
Virtual room
Chair: William J. Hausman, College of William & Mary
Discussant: Albert Churella, Kennesaw State University
Nicolette Bruner, Northwestern University
"Sympathy for the Railroad: Francis Wharton and the Anxiety of the Postbellum Corporation"
AYA TANAKA, Shiga University
"Formation of U.S. Railroad Companies’ Management Systems: Analyzing the American Railroad Journal in 1849–1862"
Betul Acikgoz Makey, Bozok University, and Dan Palmon, Rutgers University, and Paul J. Miranti, Rutgers University
"From Rate Regulation to Financial Control: Accounting and Public Policy at the Interstate Commerce Commission, 1887-1933"
Session g: Labour in the Time of Capital
Virtual room
Chair: Jennifer Black, Misericordia University
Discussant: Jennifer Delton, Skidmore College
Vilja Hulden, University of Colorado, Boulder
"Don't (Just) Hobnob, Organize: How Pre-Existing Social Connections Facilitated Employer Collective Action"
Michelle Martindale, University of Texas Rio Grande Vallley
"Opportunity in Crisis: The IBP Revolution during the 1980s Farm Crisis"
Chad Pearson, Collin College
"Vigilantism, Management, and Drive Out Campaigns in the United States, 1860s to 1910s"
Andrew David Allan Smith, University of Liverpool Management School, and Nicholas Wong, Northumbria University, and Nicholas Burton, Northumbria University, and Allan Discua Cruz, Lancaster University
"The Organizational Paradox of Overseas Worker Exploitation in Quaker-Managed Confectionary Firms: 1890 to 1917 "
Session h: State Business Models and Arbitration
Virtual room
Chair: Julia Yongue, Hosei University
Discussant: Aldo Musacchio, International Business School, Brandeis University
Guillaume Beausire, University of Lausanne
"Profiting From Political Instability: Switzerland as a “Neutral” Hub for International Commercial Arbitration in the Age of Decolonization (1967-1987)"
Ola Innset, BI Norwegian Business School
"State Ownership in the HQ Economy"
Juan Odisio, CONICET/ Universidad de Buenos Aires and UNAM
"Always Inefficient? The Building of Technological Capabilities in an Argentine State-Owned Company: Petroquímica General Mosconi (1970-1994)"

Plenary and Reception at Foro Valparaiso (Mexico City), 5:30pm - 7:30pm

See location below

Venue: Foro Valparaíso,  C. de Venustiano Carranza 60, Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000, CDMX, Mexico

About the Venue: 

The Valparaíso Forum (El Foro Valparaíso), owned by Citibanamex, is a meeting space dedicated to entrepreneurship, innovation, and culture.  Located at the Palace of the Counts of San Mateo de Valparaiso, this 18th-century baroque gem sits in the heart of Mexico City’s historic center. The Valparaiso Forum offers visitors traditional and interactive experiences through 22 exhibit halls. Besides exhibiting the bank’s art collection, the Valparaíso Forum has interactive rooms that aim to encourage among Mexicans—especially young ones—the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. The forum also provides workshops, courses, seminars, and conferences on topics such as financial literacy, social entrepreneurship, and digital innovation. The history of the bank, which was founded in 1884, along with the history of its employees and its financial and social contributions to Mexico, are also displayed in the halls.

Session: Globalization at a crossroads? How these disruptive times challenge business, financial and economic history.

Coordinators: Gustavo del Angel (CIDE, México) and Christy Chapin (University of Maryland Baltimore County, United States).

Welcoming: Alberto Gómez Alcalá, Citibanamex; Alberto Sarmiento, Citibanamex, and Andrea Lluch,  BHC President

Key-Note Speakers:

Carlos Marichal Carlos Marichal is professor of Latin American history at El Colegio de Mexico, a leading research institute in the humanities and social sciences. He is founder and past president of the Mexican Economic History Association, 2001-2004, and served as a member of the executive committee of the International Economic History Association during the years 2000-2008. Among other awards, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994/95 and a Tinker Fellowship in 1997/98. He sits on the academic boards of ten international journals on economic history and Latin American history, and he is member—at the highest level—of the Mexican Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. From 2003 through 2008, he was a member of the Board of Governors of  El Colegio de México. In 2012, he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes of Mexico in the field of humanities. He was named Professor Emeritus of El Colegio de México in 2019. 

Graciela Márquez Colín is a professor of History at El Colegio de México. She has degrees in economics from UNAM and Colegio de México, as well as a Ph.D. in economic history from Harvard University. She belongs to the Mexican National System of Researchers and is the author of several articles on trade policy, industrialization, inequality, and economic development. She has also published and co-published books on the economic history of Mexico and Latin America.  From 2018 through 2020, she held the position of Mexican Minister of Economy. As of January 2021, she holds the position of President of the Governing Board of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography.

Reception & Visit to the Art Collection of Foro Valparaiso, Citibanamex 

The art collection includes works by Mexican painters such as Juan Correa, Joaquín Clausell, Frida Kahlo, Eulalia Lucio, José María Velasco, Diego Rivera, María Izquierdo, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

To access to their facilities, Citi asks us to fill out a registration form. This is a standard procedure that the bank requires of all visitors. 

The link for registration is as follows:


One-way transportation will be provided from the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel to the Valparaiso Forum. Buses will depart from the hotel at 17:00 hours. You can also use Uber or official cabs to reach the venue.

More information (in Spanish): https://www.banamex.com/valparaiso/index.html

The reception and cultural event are possible thanks to the generous support of Banamex and the staff of Foro Valparaiso.

Saturday, April 9th

Registration in Mexico City, 7:00am - 8:00am

Room (hotel)

Concurrent Sessions: Roundtable , 8:00am - 9:30am

Session a: Roundtable "O Pioneers!"
Fiesta (3rd floor)
This panel will highlight the achievements of four pioneers of business history: Florence Edler de Roover, Henrietta Larson, Edith Penrose, and Mira Wilkins. The panelists will salute these pioneers and explore their important, sometimes overlooked, contributions to business history.
Chair: Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York
Discussant: The Audience
Mary Yeager, University of California, Los Angeles
Robert Fredona, Harvard Business School
Mary O'Sullivan, University of Geneva
Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School

Krooss Dissertation Prize Plenary Session (México City), 9:45am - 11:00am

Fiesta (3rd floor)

Chair: Gerardo Con Díaz (University of California, Davis)


Andrey Shlyakhter, "Smuggler States: Poland, Latvia, Estonia, and Contraband Trade Across the Soviet Frontier, 1919-1924"
Bench Ansfield, “Born in Flames: Arson, Racial Capitalism, and the Reinsuring of the Bronx in the Late Twentieth Century" 
Hannah Knox Tucker, "Masters of the Market: Ship Captaincy in the British Atlantic, 1680-1774"
Ian Kumekawa, "Imperial Schemes: Empire and the Rise of the British Business-State, 1914-1939"

Prize Ceremony (Mexico City), 11:15am - 12:00pm

Fiesta (3rd floor)

Order of ceremony:

Business History Conference Lifetime Achievement Award

Hagley Prize in Business History

Ralph Gomory Prize

Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History

Philip  Scranton Best Article Prize

Mira Wilkins Prize

K. Austin Kerr Prize

Martha Moore Trescott Prize


Lunch Time - Eat and Meet, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meet and Lunch (on your own)

Plenary 1: Future(s) of Business History (Mexico City), 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Fiesta (3rd floor)


  • Shennette Garrett-Scott,Texas A&M University (Member of the BHC Ad Hoc Committee on Equity and Inclusion)
  • Grace Ballor, Bocconi University (Co-chair, BHC Emerging Scholars Committee)
  • Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia (Co-chair 2022 BHC Conference)
  • Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Co-chair 2919 BHC Conference)

Discussant: The Audience

Each speaker will comment on one topic for a couple of minutes before opening the discussion with the audience.

Diversity and Inclusion
Emerging Scholars: the Future Leadership of the BHC
Future of the Conference (s)


Plenary 2: Using Diverse Methodologies and Sources: Beyond Conventional, Linguistic, and Geographical Challenges (Mexico City), 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Fiesta (3rd floor)

This session aims to explore a range of methodologies and sources that could broaden and deepen business history research, including digital sources, non-English materials, and non-textual sources like material objects. Questions for discussion could include, but not limited to: how could business historians take advantage of digital materials (where to find them and how to use them)?; what would be potential sources that business historians could use?; what kind of challenges do scholars face in finding and using non-English and unconventional materials?; how (or if) would it be possible to conduct research in a language that you cannot read (a translation software would be useful?)?; and how (or if) would using sources deepen, reframe, or shift our understanding of business history?

• Susie Pak (St. John’s University)
• Ai Hisano (University of Tokyo)

• Stephanie Decker (University of Bristol
• Adam Frost (Copenhagen Business School)
• Gabriela Recio (Business History Group)
• Niels-Viggo Haueter (Swiss Re)
• Juliette Levy (University of California, Riverside)

Presidential Address and Closing Remarks (Mexico City), 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Fiesta (3rd floor)

Reception and Live Music Event (Mexico City), 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Angel (19th Floor)

A son jarocho show (a traditional music and dance style from the Gulf state of Veracruz) will be performed during the reception, with music by the Cultural Group “Los Hermanos Carrillo” and under the direction of maestro Fabián Morales Tejeda.

The Carrillo Brothers preserve the legacy of their grandfather, the internationally-acclaimed artist Lino Carrillo Ramírez and composer of the famous song “El Tilingo Lingo.” As ambassadors of Veracruz culture, these talented performers spread the son jarocho their grandfather entrusted to them. The Carrillo Brothers have performed in countless artistic festivals for more than 25 years. They have obtained honors and received many awards and distinctions, marking them as one of Mexico's most respected and essential groups.

- Harp and voice: Lino Carrillo García.
- Jarana primera and voice: Miguel Ángel Carrillo López.
- Bass and voice: Lino Carrillo López.
- Requinto jarocho and voice: Carlos Roberto Carrillo López.

Nancy Martinez, Emmanuel Pantoja and Fabian Morales are dancers from Cordoba, Veracruz. They began dancing during high school in 2014, performing in Veracruz towns including Xalapa, Orizaba, Veracruz port, Coatzacoalcos, Alvarado, and Tlacotalpan. They performed for national and international audiences at the restaurant “Los Portales de Córdoba," and soon after, they became an independent folkloric trio. 

Nancy, Emmanuel, and Fabian have performed son jarocho in 25 states in Mexico, the Americas (Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, El Salvador, Canada), and various European countries. Nancy is director of the Folkloric Company Toxpan of Cordoba, where Emmanuel is the first dancer. Fabian is the director and producer of the Zapateado Dance Mx company in Mexico City.


Wednesday, April 13th

Women in Business History, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Virtual room

Women in Business History zoom meeting via zoom  

April 13th, from 11am to 12:30pm Eastern Time US

Link to be sent to registered participants.

Friday, April 22nd

BHC Annual Membership Meeting , 11:00am - 12:00pm

Virtual room

BHC Annual Membership Meeting via zoom.  

April 22nd 11am to 12pm Eastern Time US

Link to be sent to the membership