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Management and Organizational History
A Research Overview

ISBN 9781138485891
Published August 27, 2019 by Routledge
124 Pages

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Book Description

Management and organizational history has grown into an established field of research with competing and contrasting approaches and methods that are relevant for management and organization studies.

This short-form book provides readers with expert insights on intellectual interventions in management and organization history. The authors illuminate the central ideas, works, and theorists involved in forming the link between history, management, and organization studies, particularly focusing on the debates addressing the need for a 'historic turn' in management and organizational studies.

With coverage of nascent schools of thought in management historiography, such as ANTi-History, revisionist history, counter-history, rhetorical history, the Copenhagen School, microhistory, critical realist histories, alongside existing modernist and post-modernist approaches, as well as postcolonial, decolonial, and feminist critiques, the book is essential reading for scholars and students learning or exploring the role of history in management and organization studies.

Table of Contents

1. History and Authorship

2. A Starting Point: The Historic Turn

3. Not a History: The Call for an Historic Turn in Management and Organization Studies

4. Paradigms and Prospects in Management and Organizational History

5. Revisiting the Historic Turn

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Albert J. Mills is Professor of Management at Saint Mary’s University (Canada) and Professor of Innovation Management at the University of Eastern Finland. He is also the co-editor of the journal Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management.

Milorad M. Novicevic (PhD, University of Oklahoma) is a former Chair of the Academy of Management – History Division and an Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi.


'Reflecting deeply on recent historical approaches to management and organization studies, the authors have provided a uniquely reflexive account of the different histories, conceptions of histories and authors involved in recent scholarship that has sought to bring history back into focus in a largely ahistorical and instrumental field. The book will be a significant guide for those researchers seeking to disentangle the different approaches to histories involved in recent research, alerting them to the grounds and assumptions underlying various contributions.' – Stewart Clegg, Distinguished Professor of Management and Organization Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia

'There are no scholars better placed to explore the development of management and organization history studies than Albert Mills and Milorad Novicevic. They have made enormous contributions to the debates that have nourished this fascinating field of study over the years. In this book they chart an exciting and ambitious course for its future.' – Todd Bridgman and Stephen Cummings, authors of A New History of Management

'This well-written and thought-provoking publication addresses its central topics as no book before and is a must read for those interested on management and organizations.' – Rafael Alcadipani, EAESP-FGV, Brazil

'History needs to be taken seriously in management and organization research, and Mills and Novicevic do just that. The books offers a thought-provoking critical analysis of the reasons and consequences of the ahistorical orientation in management and organization research. By so doing, this book adds to the recent historical turn and helps us to go deeper and further than what we typically think organization or management history is all about.' – Eero Vaara, Professor of Organization and Management at Aalto University, Finland

'This book provides deep insights on positivist and postmodernist historiography and demonstrates the role of historians in the authorship of history production in management and organization.' – Gagan Deep Sharma, University School of Management Studies, India