There has, in recent times, been an increasing interest in history, broadly defined, among management scholars. But what specifically a historical approach or perspective can contribute to research on organizational fields, organizations, strategy etc. and how exactly such historical research should be carried out remain questions that have been answered only partially, if at all.
Building on the authors’ prior and ongoing work, History in Management and Organization Studies: From Margins to Mainstream is unique in presenting a comprehensive and integrated view of how history has informed management research with a focus on organization theory and strategy. More specifically, the volume provides an overview of how the relationship been history and management scholarship has evolved from the 19th century until today, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period; and systematically surveys the kind of research programs within organization theory and strategy that have used historical data and/or history as a theoretical construct, while also identifying the remaining "blind spots". As a whole, it offers a kind of roadmap for management scholars and historians to situate their research and, hopefully, find new roads for others to travel.
The book is intended for anybody conducting or planning to conduct historical research within management and organization studies, and aims, in particular, at becoming a standard feature of research methods courses in business schools and departments of management.
Table of Contents
1. The Objective: Finding History in Management Research. PART I. 2. Origins: History and Management Becoming "Sciences". 3. Bringing History and Management Studies (Back) Together. 4. Looking at the Evidence: History in Top Management Journals. PART II. 5. Histories of Management: Early Writings. 6. Management History: Establishing and Defending Orthodoxy. 7. Emergence and expansion of critical views. PART III 8. History to Theory: Studies of Organizations and Organizational Fields. 9. History to Theory: Organizational Ecology, Economics and Resource Dependence. 10. History in Theory: Imprinting and Path Dependence. 11. History in Theory: Ecology, Strategy and Co-evolution. 12. Not a Conclusion: The Ways Forward.
Behlül Üsdiken is Emeritus Professor of Management & Organization at Sabancı University and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business at Özyeğin University, both in Istanbul, Turkey.
Matthias Kipping is Professor of Policy and Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History in the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.