Annual Meeting Program

This online meeting will be held in the Hopin virtual conferencing system. Click here to access the platform: Presenters in the Online Showcase sessions will be able to upload presentations which can be viewed at any time during the conference. Online networking tools will also be available, including text and video chat sessions.

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 5).

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Multiday Events

Thursday, March 11th, 11:00am - Saturday, March 13th, 7:00pm

Online Showcases

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Marc Adam, Forum for a New Economy
"Liquidating Bankers' Acceptances: International Crisis, Doctrinal Conflict and American Exceptionalism in the Federal Reserve 1913-1932" [View Abstract]
Araceli Almaraz, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
"Empresas y empresarios en el sector agroindustrial de Baja California: circuitos comerciales y sucesiones" [View Abstract]
Adoración Álvaro-Moya, Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF)
"Contextualizing Organizational Imprinting. The Case of Spanish Engineering Consulting firms" [View Abstract]
Rolv Petter Amdam, BI Norwegian Business School
"The Growth of US Multinational Enterprises and the Birth of International Business as an Academic Discipline" [View Abstract]
Débora Ascencio, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)
"Desde los orígenes hacia el auge. Reconstrucción historiográfica de las empresas públicas argentinas antes del ciclo privatizador (1800-1975)" [View Abstract]
Kyle Barnett, Bellarmine University
"Convergence Cultures in the U.S. Recording Industry, 1925-1935" [View Abstract]
Gavin Benke, Boston University
"Multinational Corporations and Post-national Thinking in the 1970s" [View Abstract]
Timothy Blanton, University of Florida
"Bucket Shops and Business Progressivism" [View Abstract]
Bram Bouwens, Utrecht University and Eric Godelier, École Polytechnique
"Cross Border Alliances: An Opportunity or a Guarantee of Failure in Normal Business Life and Crisis? The Cases of Air France-KLM and Renault-Nissan Technology" [View Abstract]
Mary Bridges, Yale University
"Bankers’ Acceptances and Foreign Credit Information" [View Abstract]
Glenn Bugos, Moment LLC
"Bigness in Silicon Valley" [View Abstract]
Bárbara Burton, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Centro de Estudios CITECDE and Magdalena Garmendia, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), IHUCSO-Litoral
"“Sean eternos los emprendedores”: disputas en las narrativas históricas sobre el proceso de legitimación del paradigma emprendedor en Argentina (1980-2020) " [View Abstract]
Andrew Busch, Coastal Carolina University
"Turning to Texas: An Alternative Perspective on Business and Government in the 1970s" [View Abstract]
Gloria Calhoun, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Entrepreneurs and Technological Change: Inventing Underground Infrastructure (1871-1910)" [View Abstract]
Aida Calvo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
"Entre cuentas y rankings: intersecciones entre la historia empresarial y la historia contable durante el proceso de apertura económica en Colombia. " [View Abstract]
Yeniffer Camargo , Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas
"El tejido productivo empresarial del Bajío: consolidación de industrias agroalimentarias y de inputs agropecuarios" [View Abstract]
Mark Carlson, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
"Domestic and International Crises in the Early 1930s and Their Effects on Conditions in New York City Money Markets and in the Market for Us Treasury Bonds" [View Abstract]
Leonardo Caruana, Universidad de Granada
"Publicaciones Recientes en Historia de la Empresa" [View Abstract]
Jiakai Jeremy Chua, University of Southern California
"Defying the Gravity of ‘Dominant Parent’ Sino-Foreign JVs: Nationalist Leadership and Control of Eurasia Aviation Corporation, 1931-1943" [View Abstract]
Joao Rafael Cunha, University of St Andrews
"The Financial Regulatory Cycle" [View Abstract]
Eric Daniels, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
"Design Thinking and the Business of Disruption" [View Abstract]
Simone Fari, Universidad de Granada
"Conceptualising Entrepreneur in the Fourth Industrial Revolution" [View Abstract]
Dylan Gottlieb, Princeton University
"Takeover: Finance and Proletarianization at Wall Street Law Firms" [View Abstract]
Rachel Gross, University of Colorado, Denver
"Bringing the Outdoor Experience Indoors" [View Abstract]
Carlos Abel Gutierrez, Universidad Nacional de Misiones
"El Boom de la Obra Pública en Misiones en los 2000’s: estrategia política y cambio estructural " [View Abstract]
Keith Harris, Purdue University
"“We must make known our case at Washington”: Trade, Tariffs, and Protective Liberalism, 1816-1820" [View Abstract]
Martin Johnson, University of North Carolina
"Letting Dynamite Do It: Du Pont’s Motion Pictures, 1910-1930" [View Abstract]
Harilaos Kitsikopoulos, New York University (retired) and Unbound Prometheus Program
"Comparative Costs of Leading British Steam Models in Relation to Water Power, 1800-70" [View Abstract]
Rob Konkel, Princeton University
"Caught in Webs of Credit: Corporations and Resource Interdependence after the First World War" [View Abstract]
Peter Labuza, University of Southern California
"Hard, Fast, and Capital: Ida Lupino and The Art-Business Divide of 1950s Hollywood" [View Abstract]
Dan Levinson Wilk, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
"Performing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire" [View Abstract]
Alan Loeb, Alan P. Loeb & Associates
"The Use of Business History in Solving Climate Change" [View Abstract]
Chris Madsen, Canadian Forces College
"Shifting Integration from British to American Predominance in Canadian Munitions Production”" [View Abstract]
Bashar Malkawi, University of Arizona
"Sustainability and Trade: The EU Green Deal and Future Business" [View Abstract]
Juan Manuel Matés-Barco, Universidad de Jaén
"Publicaciones Recientes en Historia de la Empresa" [View Abstract]
Rachel Miller, College of Idaho
"Mass Culture Before Adorno: The US Theater Industry in the 1870s" [View Abstract]
Susan Ohmer, University of Notre Dame
"Constructing Production: The Walt Disney Studio’s Move to Burbank in 1940" [View Abstract]
Juanjuan Peng, Georgia Southern University
"Tecno Mobile in Africa: The Adventure of a Private Chinese Phone Manufacturer" [View Abstract]
Charles Petersen, Cornell University
"Employee Stock Options and the Origins of Neoliberalism" [View Abstract]
Daniela Pirani, University of Liverpool
"How Biscuits Became Italian: The Fleeting Nature of Country of Origin Effect" [View Abstract]
Richard Popp, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
"A Businessman’s Holiday: The Time Newstour and the Forging of a Multinational Mindset" [View Abstract]
Kyunghee Pyun, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
"Teaching Business History in Art Collecting: Industrialists of Fossil Fuels and Big Pharma" [View Abstract]
Kenneth Reilly, University of Western Ontario
"From Green Menace To Green Moneymaker: The Sakae Bio Inc. Kudzu Factory, 1990-1999" [View Abstract]
Mark Straver, Erasmus University Rotterdam
"Navigating between changing market conditions and rigid resources: Dutch shipbuilding companies’ strategies during the rise of Japanese competition, 1950-1983" [View Abstract]
Jesse Tarbert, Independent Scholar
"American Capitalism, American Government: The Business Roots of the Modern Administrative State" [View Abstract]
Karen Trivette, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
"Voices of Fashion Industry Decision-makers: The Oral History Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology-State University of New York" [View Abstract]
Maki Umemura, Cardiff University
"Paradox Adoption of Medical Technology? Reshaping Fertility in Japan, 1983-2018" [View Abstract]
María José Vargas-Machuca, Universidad de Jaén
"Publicaciones Recientes en Historia de la Empresa" [View Abstract]
Grietjie Verhoef, University of Johannesburg
"Fashion and Entrepreneur: Developing Home-Grown Fashion Retailing in South Africa, the case of Edgars Stores" [View Abstract]
Ramiro Villasana, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas
"Nuevos aportes a la historia empresarial en México: inversionistas, agroindustria y sucesiones" [View Abstract]
Natalya Vinokurova, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"Leaping Forward and Bridging Back: Understanding Cognitively Distant Opportunities" [View Abstract]
Jiemin Tina Wei, Harvard University
"Amazon Mechanical Turk: Methodological Innovation in an Evolving Labor Market" [View Abstract]
Johnathan Williams, Boston University
"A Green Compromise: Target and the EPA in the 1990s" [View Abstract]
Luca Zan, University of Bologna and Bulent Ari, Istanbul University
"Shipbuilding & Early Forms of Modern Management. Comparing Venice & The Ottomans after Lepanto (1571)" [View Abstract]
Luca Zan, University of Bologna and Qingmei Xue, Nanjing University
"The Chinese Accounting Profession in the People’s Republic. A Preliminary Understanding from an Oral History Perspective " [View Abstract]

Thursday, March 11th

Chat Facilities, 10:00am - 4:15pm

Hopin Chatroom

Roundtables, 10:00am - 11:00am

Session a: An International Collaboration of Business Historians: Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth-Century, A Global Approach
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Sharing the challenges and opportunities of our global collaboration on nineteenth-century female entrepreneurship, this roundtable will describe and analyze our experiences as part of a 20-member team of scholars examining women in business across the globe in the long nineteenth century. In 2019 we came together in person and via skype to produce a workshop on global female entrepreneurship, an edited volume (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and a digital research hub and international network focusing on scholarship on women in management and enterprise (ReWOMEN). Our discussants will consider how a global collaboration enhanced previous regionally focused analyses and challenged us as scholars at different places in our academic careers. Ranging from emerging scholars to senior academics with research on the United Kingdom, the United States, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, we will consider the value of this overarching project for our own work. First, both co-organizers of the conference (and co-editors of the book) will speak to the inspiration and planning behind this groundbreaking endeavor. Then participants will briefly discuss the opportunities and challenges of contributing research to a wider project beyond their field specialization and how a collaborative endeavor sharpened and contextualized research agendas. We expect this opening portion to take half of the session, after which we will welcome questions and comments. We will share our collaborative methods as well as the historiographical questions our project’s widened perspective introduces about the significance of business to nineteenth-century women and their contribution to nineteenth-century business across the globe. While not ignoring the obstacles faced throughout each phase of the joint-project, our discussion will highlight how the creation of a sustained model of scholarly collaboration can benefit individual academics, regional fields, interdisciplinary pursuits and global analyses of business history.
Chair: Pamela Laird, University of Colorado, Denver
Jennifer Aston, Northumbria University, Newcastle
"New Perspectives: Reframing and Refocusing through Collaboration" [View Abstract]
Alisha Topete-Cromwell , Coastal Carolina University
"A Workshop of One’s Own" [View Abstract]
Kari Zimmerman, University of St. Thomas
"Joining Separate Fields & Separate Spheres in Business History" [View Abstract]
Susan Ingalls Lewis, State University of New York, New Paltz
"Breaking Barriers, Thinking Bigger " [View Abstract]

Session b: British Entrepreneurship [Details TBC]
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Session c: From Glass-Steagall to the Volcker Rule: Examining the Regulatory Regimes in the Changing US Banking Industry
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Since the creation of the Banking Act of 1933, commonly known as GlassSteagall, the investment and retail banking landscape in the United States - often blamed for underpinning the Great Depression - has evolved through cycles of regulation, deregulation, and re-regulation. Policymakers, industry groups, and bankers fought against the separation of retail and investment banking, and while these institutions remained separate for over 60 years, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act removed this obstacle in 1999, allowing combined underwriting and retail banking under one roof. Fast forward to the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis when lawmakers again targeted this industry for re-regulation; the Volcker Rule, which bans impermissible proprietary trading in financial instruments and investments in covered funds by banking entities, was born out of a program of widespread industry reform under the Dodd-Frank Act. In the past two years, the Volcker Rule was deregulated again, but may face a further re-write under a newly-elected Democrat administration. In light of such significant lurches impacting these activities, what is the significance of these shifts as the industry copes with the never-ending game of political football? This roundtable seeks to address reactions from the past 30 years as well as what the future outlook may present for US banking.
Chair: Gabriel C. Suprise, Columbia University
Discussant: Mark Rose, Florida Atlantic University
Co-Discussant: Dick Sylla, New York University

Session d: Making Sense of Digital Sources
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The more business and organisational historians focus on the events of the late twentieth century and beyond, the more they are finding traces of the past that were created digitally. Despite the increasing relevance of emails, webpages and other born-digital material, there has been little reflection on how scholars should deal with them methodologically. Our roundtable brings together scholars from different disciplines who have explored the many ways in which digital sources can be used and are being used. Several are early career researchers (ECRs) themselves (Drs Hannigan, Nix, Ogden) and the topic is of particular relevance to ECRs as they are perhaps more likely to engage with new types of sources and new methods in order to make their mark as scholars.
The goal of this roundtable is to explore the challenges that arise at the intersection of different disciplines as they attempt to make sense of digital sources. The underlying rationale is as follows: Sources and methods for business historians have expanded in recent years as more and increasingly heterogeneous artifacts are being generated (Rosenzweig, 2003; Kirsch, 2009). On the one hand, these developments have led to a flowering of new types of inputs for historians writing about business such as digitized newspapers and remotely accessible archival collections. Combined with complex search tools that allow scholars to filter ever larger and more diverse sets of historical materials, business historians are now able to make new and different kinds of knowledge claims. However, taking advantage of these opportunities can require research tools which are outside the skillset of any single researcher, historian or otherwise. Therefore, business historians may need to look outside the boundaries of the field for productive, knowledge-generating partnerships. Hence we have focused on bringing an interdisciplinary group of scholars together, which is of particular relevance to ECRs as research trends and funders increasingly focus on the ability to engage in interdisciplinary conversations.
Chair: Stephanie Decker, University of Bristol
Discussant: David Kirsch, University of Maryland
Stephanie Decker, University of Bristol

Adam Nix, De Montford University

Santhilata Kuppili Venkata, The National Archives (UK)

Douglas Oard, University of Maryland

Jessica Ogden, University of Bristol

Gavin Benke, Boston University

Opening Social Networking Event, 11:15am - 1:00pm

Hopin Networking Area

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

Session a: Labor Control as Management Strategy
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Chair: David Singerman, University of Virginia
Discussant: Caitlin Rosenthal, University of California, Berkeley
Justene Hill Edwards, University of Virginia
"Paternalism, Control, and Capitalism in Antebellum South Carolina" [View Abstract]
Bernadette Pérez, University of California, Berkeley
"Managing Nature’s Shortcomings in Colorado’s Sugar Industry" [View Abstract]
Erin Hatton, University of Buffalo
"Control over Status as Labor Coercion" [View Abstract]

Session b: Black Consumers, Black Entrepreneurs, and Economic Justice in the Twentieth-Century United States
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Chair: Traci Parker, University of Massachussets, Amherst
Discussant: Traci Parker, University of Massachussets, Amherst
Ronny Regev, Hebrew University
"Market Propagations: Visions of the Black Consumer and the Black Businessowner in the Twentieth Century" [View Abstract]
Kendra Boyd, Rutgers University, Camden
"Black Entrepreneurs’ Search for Alternatives to Capitalism in the 1930s" [View Abstract]
Lisa Jacobson, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Respect and Respectability: Black Consumers and the Politics of Beer Marketing in the Postwar United States" [View Abstract]

Session c: Branding and Image-Building in the United States, c.1830-1910
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Chair: Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York
Discussant: Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York
Amy Sopcak-Joseph, Wilkes University
"Crafting a Nation of Ladies: Marketing Godey’s Lady’s Book in the Nineteenth Century" [View Abstract]
Travis E. Ross, Yale Center for Medical Informatics
"New Patrons of the Press: Corporate Constructions of Benevolence and Obligation in Gilded-Age Subscription Publishing" [View Abstract]
Jennifer M. Black, Misericordia University
"Visualizing Character: American Advertising Personalities in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era " [View Abstract]
Nick Pozek, Columbia University Law School
"U.S. Corporate Philanthropy and Foreign Relations in the 20th century" [View Abstract]

Concurrent Sessions 2, 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Session a: Las Empresas de la Europa Mediterránea y de Iberoamérica en el Siglo XX. Lecciones de la Historia Empresarial ante los Retos del Futuro
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Chair: Pablo Alonso Villa, Universidad de Valladolid
Co-Chair: Jorge Lafuente del Cano, Universidad de Valladolid
Pablo Alonso Villa, Universidad de Valladolid and Pedro Pablo Ortúñez Goicolea, Universidad de Valladolid
"Los Fabricantes de Automóviles en España y en Portugal durante el Siglo XX. Una perspectiva Histórica Comparada" [View Abstract]
Javier Arroyo Pérez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Rafael Barquín Gil, Universidad Nacional a Distancia
"La Compañía Metropolitano de Madrid. Un Éxito Empresarial para el Transporte Urbano (1919-1936)" [View Abstract]
Jorge Lafuente del Cano, Universidad de Valladolid
"Los Empresarios Españoles entre la Dictadura y la Democracia" [View Abstract]
Fabiano Quadros Rückert, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (Brasil)
"La Compañía Hidráulica Porto-Alegrense y el negocio del agua en la ciudad de Porto Alegre, Brasil (1861-1941)" [View Abstract]

Session b: Local, Regional, and Global Approaches to the Political Economy of Commodity Money, 16th-19th Centuries
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Chair: Bernardo Bátiz Lazo, Northumbria University
Discussant: María Alejandra Irigoin, London School of Economics
Jane Knodell, The University of Vermont
"Managing Silver Money on the Periphery of the English Empire: Massachusetts Bay, 1640-1720" [View Abstract]
James Vladimir Torres, Georgetown University
"War, Silver, and Gold: Bullion and Monetary Flows in the Northern Andes on the Eve of Colonial Collapse" [View Abstract]
Manuel Bautista González, Columbia University in the City of New York
"Foreign Consignees of Specie Imports in Antebellum New Orleans, 1839-1862" [View Abstract]
Nicholas Guoth, Australian National University
"The 1851 Gold Discovery of Australia and Its Relationship with Global Economies" [View Abstract]

Session c: Methodological Workshop: Business History and Environmental Standards after 1960
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Chair: Patrick Fridenson, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Discussant: Patrick Fridenson, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Samuel Klebaner, University Sorbonne Paris Nord
"Regulation Crises and Dynamics: How to Connect Business and Policymaking" [View Abstract]
Sabine Pitteloud, University of Geneva
"Delay and Dilution in the Implementation of Environmental Norms: Business Groups and the Regulation of Car Emissions in Switzerland in the 1970s–1980s" [View Abstract]
Mattias Näsman, Umeå University
"Safe Before Green! The Greening of Volvo Cars 1970s-1990s" [View Abstract]
Grace Ballor, Harvard Business School
"Accelerating Environmentalism or Racing to the Bottom? Historicizing the European Community’s Clean Car Directives, 1985-1992" [View Abstract]