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New position/fellowship available: Postdoctoral Scholar at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Job Announcement

Postdoctoral Scholar / Research Associate positionLloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Deadline: June 6th, 2020

The University of Southern California’s Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies seeks applicants for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Scholars with interests in founder perspectives and decision-making encouraged to apply, as are those with more specialized interests in the ethics, sociology, or history of entrepreneurship. Successful candidates will be expected to be in residence during the fellowship and to participate actively in the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. During their term, fellows will actively collaborate with Greif Center faculty and contribute to the Center’s fellowship program in addition to conducting and publishing their own research. Moreover, the fellow may be given the option of teaching part of or all of 1-2 entrepreneurship courses per, year if qualified, with mentoring provided in this teaching role. The postdoctoral researcher will work under the supervision of Professor Dan Wadhwani. Interested candidates are welcome to contact Professor Wadhwani at with questions.

The Greif Center is among the nation's leaders in entrepreneurship education and research. Its faculty includes a diverse mix of researchers and practitioners. The Greif Center is one of the organizers of the West Coast Entrepreneurship Research Symposium and the sponsor of the Greif Entrepreneurship Research Impact Award -- given annually at the Academy of Management conference. In addition to offering courses in the school's undergraduate and MBA programs, we offer specialized graduate degrees in social entrepreneurship (MSSE) and innovation (MSEI).

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants must have completed their PhD within the last three years. They must also demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship, broadly conceived, and its dynamic role economies and societies.  We welcome applicants from a wide variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds. Candidates will be expected to participate in at least one existing research project while also having time to continue developing their own research.

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae, specifying research, teaching, and work experience
  • Research statement (One page)
  • Teaching statement (One page)
  • List of at least two references

For more information on the USC Marshall School of Business, visit To apply, click here.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years

Minimum Experience: 0-1 year


New project website available: American Predatory Lending

Research Tool or Resource

A team of 15 students and 2 UNC students – most undergrads, but also grad/professional students in law, public policy, business, and interdisciplinary data science -- at Duke University, led by Lee Reiners (Director of the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law School), Joseph Smith (former North Carolina Commissioner of Banks), and Debbie Goldstein (Director of the Duke-North Carolina Forum) just launched a new website on North Carolina's predatory lending practices pre 2008 with data visualizations, oral histories, and policy analyses. The project will continue next year.

Visit the website here:

Also, an official announcement for the project from Duke University and Duke Law School came out on May 8th:

Survey of business historians asking them: "who are the greatest entrepreneurs" in U.S. history?

Research Tool or Resource


Dear BHC members:

I am joining with Blaine McCormick (Baylor University) to conduct a third survey of business historians asking them "who are the greatest entrepreneurs" in U.S. history? The first two surveys appeared in these outlets: 

Business History Review (2003):

Cogent Business and Management (2013); also appeared in Forbes: 

The first survey asked 58 business historians, the second survey asked 41. For the third survey, which we will send out in January 2021, we would like to ensure broader participation. Toward that end, we welcome volunteers who are business historians who teach or research the U.S. If you are interested, please email me at with a CV and a short statement of your credentials.

Best regards, 

Jonathan Bean

Chair and Professor of History

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, IL 62901-4519


Request for Applications: Directorship of BHC Doctoral Colloquium, 2021-24

Service to the Profession

Request for Applications: Directorship of BHC Doctoral Colloquium, 2021-24

The Business History Conference invites applications from senior scholars who would like to direct the BHC’s Doctoral Colloquium, beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the 2021 BHC annual meeting. The BHC sponsors the Colloquium with the generous support of Cambridge University Press.  

Overview of the Colloquium and the Director’s Role

Initiated in 2004, the Colloquium has become a BHC fixture, serving as a major conduit for early career scholars to learn about and become active in the organization.   The Colloquium provides student participants with substantive critiques and discussions about their dissertation research, as well as sessions on key aspects of professional development (publishing strategies, the value of side projects, career trajectories, etc.).

Each year, the Colloquium Director is responsible for:

  • selecting a group of faculty participants whose research and teaching represent the diversity of business history, including the incoming BHC President;
  • selecting a graduate student liaison from the previous year’s student cohort, who assists with administration;
  • ensuring robust outreach to potential doctoral student applicants and fielding questions from interested graduate students;
  • overseeing the selection process to identify ten outstanding dissertation students from an international pool;
  • organizing and presiding over the Colloquium in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting, and so coordinating with the BHC Local Arrangements Committee and Program Committee; and
  • providing the BHC Trustees with an annual report about the previous year’s Colloquium (selection process; participants; structure of the Colloquium and any adjustments thereto; student evaluations).

For more information on the Colloquium, including details about previous cohorts, see:

Expectations for Engagement with the 2021 Doctoral Colloquium in Detroit

The incoming Director will serve as a faculty participant in the 2021 Doctoral Colloquium in Detroit and shadow the process of organizing that year’s gathering.

The Application Process

Applicants should submit a c.v., as well as a letter of interest by June 1, 2020.  The application letter should describe experience with doctoral training/mentoring in business history, prior engagement with the BHC, any experience in oversight of educational programs, and potential administrative or other support from one’s home institution.  The letter should also specify goals/priorities for the next directorship and confirm availability to serve as a faculty participant at the 2021 Colloquium. The applicant also should indicate if they will receive support for the position from their institution. The selection committee, comprised of past President Edward Balleisen, current President Neil Rollings, President-Elect Andrea Lluch, and Interim Secretary-Treasurer Roger Horowitz (non-voting) may interview applicants and will make a recommendation to the BHC Board of Trustees over the summer.

 Please contact the current Director, Edward Balleisen, at, for additional information or to pose any questions.  Send applications to Balleisen, current BHC President Neil Rollings (, incoming BHC President Andrea Lluch (, and Interim Secretary Treasurer Roger Horowitz (, again by June 1, 2020.



Essay Contest: What Lessons Can History Provide to Companies and Managers Currently Coping with the Impact of COVID-19?

Call For Papers

We are pleased to announce the launch of a fast-reaction essay contest on historical lessons for managers who are trying to cope with the impact of COVID-19. Although some journalists have said that this pandemic is unprecedented, there are actually historical parallels, such as Asian Flu in 1957 and the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918-20, on which we can draw. By looking at how managers in the past coped with similar crises, we can provide advice to today’s managers. We are seeking essays of 4-5 pages. The essays are due on 21 April and cash prizes for the first and second place essays have been provided. Full details of the contest are available on the contest website.


Essay Contest Question

During crises, managers have special responsibilities to stakeholders. COVID-19 is clearly a major crisis. What lessons for today’s managers can we learn from studying how managers in the past responded to previous crises such as epidemics and pandemics as well as wars and natural disasters?

Contest Rules

1. DEADLINE: All essays must be received by Tuesday 21 April by 11pm EST (New York time). The essays must be submitted before the deadline to

a. Participants are free to base their essays on either primary sources, secondary sources, or a mixture of the two but they must not break local self-isolation/social distancing guidelines in the course of preparing their essays. No going to the library!!
b. By submitting your essay, you declare that you are the author, is based on accurate historical data, and that you give us your consent to publish the essay.

a. Essays must be fully referenced according to a single consistent format such as APA or Chicago footnotes and should be between 4 and 5 pages (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font) not including list of references at the end.
b. APA format and should be between 4 and 5 pages (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font) not including list of references at the end.
c. We encourage authors to hyperlink to cited sources whenever possible.
d. Each essay must begin with a one-paragraph practitioner summary that gives clear advice to managers.
e. All submitted essays must be in English.
f. Essays can summarise your own previously published research, and can draw
on the existing secondary literature, or can be based on primary source you start doing now.
4. ADJUDICATION: The submissions will be judged by jurors drawn from the Contest’s Scientific Committee, comprised of distinguished business historians who have relevant expertise and who have, in the past, made historical research findings relevant to managers (see below for the list of potential jurors.) The Committee’s findings will be final.
5. PRIZES: The prize for the best essay is $500 U.S. The prize for the second best essay is £200.
6. CRITERIA: In judging the essays, we will give equal weighting to two criteria: the utility of managers of the recommendations you provide based on your historical research and the reliability of your historical research findings. Your conclusions about what worked for managers in the past will be more convincing to the jury if they are based on solid historical research and analysis rather than a very limited and cursory review of a couple of sources.


The Prize for the best essay of 500USD has been generously donated by Professor Dimitry Anastakis, L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History at the Rotman School, University of Toronto.
The Prize for the second-best essay of 200GBP has been generously provided by Professor John Wilson and Dr Nicholas Wong of Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.
Many thanks to the leadership and IT staff Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte for hosting the website associated with this conference.

Other Notes

All essays deemed by this jury to be of sufficient quality will be published online at http://www. under a Creative Commons 4.0 licence. The essays will contain a disclaimer saying they have not gone through peer review and should not be construed as investment advice for individuals.

Essays must be signed with the real names of the author or authors.

The contest organisers reserve the right to lightly edit essays for style and English expression prior to their publication on the website. We do not expect contestants who are not native speakers to submit essays that are linguistically perfect in all respects, especially are you are working under a tight deadline. However, we do not have the resources to engage in extensive editing so please ensure your writing is reasonably clear before you submit.

The contest is open to everyone: academics, students (graduate, MBA, undergraduates), practitioners, independent scholars.

We define history as the study of episodes in the past. You are free, therefore, to distil lessons for today’s managers from relatively recent historical events (such as the SARS outbreak, the 2011 earthquake the disrupted supply chains in Japan) as well as more distant ones, such as Hong Kong Flu in 1968, Asian Flu pandemic in 1957, and the Spanish Flu in 1918. If you can derive lessons for today’s managers from even earlier epidemics, such the cholera epidemics of the nineteenth century or even the Black Death, go for it. However, we expect that the findings presented in the essays will be derived from the systemic study of historical sources rather than personal recollections. An executive’s recollection of how he or she dealt with the impact of SARS on a supply chain would not, in our view, be considered truly historical and would be unlikely to win the prize. However, we would encourage managers who have such experience to share advice with other managers in other online forums. Similarly, while we would encourage Chinese managers who successful coped with the epidemic at the start of the 2020 to share advice with their counterparts in other countries, our essay contest is not the forum to do so as the relevant experience is not historical.

In judging the essays, we will give equal weighting to two criteria: the utility of managers of the recommendations you provide based on your historical research and the reliability of your historical research findings. Your conclusions about what worked for managers in the past will be more convincing to the jury if they are based on solid historical research and analysis rather than a very limited and cursory review of a couple of primary sources. The jury’s understanding of what constitutes reliable sources of historical information will likely be informed by some of the principles outlined in Lipartito (2014).

Lipartito, K. (2014). Historical sources and data. In Bucheli, M., & Wadhwani, R. D. (Eds.). (2014). Organizations in time: History, theory, methods. Oxford University Press. pages 284-304.
Scientific Committee:
Alfred Reckendrees, Copenhagen Business School
Andrea H. Schneider-Braunberger, Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte GUG e.V., Frankfurt-am- Main
Aparajith Ramnath, Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University Catherine Casson, University of Manchester
Charles Harvey, Newcastle University Business School
Chris McKenna, Saïd Business School and Brasenose College, Oxford
Dimitry Anastakis, Wilson-Currie Chair in Business History, University of Toronto
Greig Mordue, ArcelorMittal Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy, McMaster University
Hubert Bonin, Université de Bordeaux
Jan Ottosson, Professor of Economic History Uppsala University
John Wilson, Newcastle Business School
Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University
Laurence B. Mussio, PhD, SIERC, Inc.; Co-Founder, Long Run Initiative (LRI).
Ludovic Cailluet, EDHEC Business School, Paris and Lille
Marcelo Bucheli, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mark Wilson, UNC Charlotte
Nicholas Wong, Newcastle Business School
Peter Miskell, Henley Business School
Pierre-Yves Donzé, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics
Rika Fujioka, Faculty of Commerce, Kansai University
Robert E. Wright, Rudy and Marilyn Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana University Rowena Olegario, Oxford Centre for Global History
Tom Buckley, University of Sheffield Management School

Introducing "Inquire Capitalism, A Database of Company Archives"

Event Announcement

The University of Florida's History Department program in the History of Capitalism has created a curated and searchable database of corporate archives and is proud to announce that this new digital resource is now available. The name and virtual location of the database are Inquire Capitalism at

Inquire Capitalism seeks to both unify information about corporate archives and also to connect scholars, archivists, and businesses by making information about company archives more discoverable. In addition, the researchers collecting the information about company archives have focused on finding out what is the digital presence of companies' history, whether through digital archives or by having heritage sites and chronologies as part of the company's website. The database contains information mostly about the United States, but the team at the University of Florida plans to continue expanding the list by including information from other parts of the world. 

Inquire Capitalism has counted with the partnership of the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. and the Hagley Museum and Library to start the project and wishes to create new partners to make this list global and even more useful. Comments and new contributions are most appreciated and welcomed. Please contact the team by emailing to