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Job Announcement: Career Development Fellow - Global History of Capitalism, University of Oxford

The Global History of Capitalism (GHoC) programme at the University of Oxford is recruiting for the post of Career Development Fellow, a postdoc position.  The programme's Co-Directors (and co-founders) are Christopher McKenna and Rowena Olegario. 



Call For Papers: "Made by History -- the Washington Post"


Made by History is a new blog hosted by the Washington Post.

Historians Brian Rosenwald and Niki Hemmer founded the site.  Katie Brownell is the editor. BHC member, Christy Chapin, is a member of the editorial board.

Business historians are encouraged to submit pitches or already composed pieces that are

1. related to current news stories or topics,

2. based on their area of expertise, and

3. written to include a historical context.

The suggested word count is 600-1000 words.

The Washington Post's publicist issued the following announcement about the site:

You can send your pitches or written pieces to the following email address:

MBH is particularly keen to encourage participation from women and minorities -- groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the media.

Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

Job Announcement: Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Economic and Social History

Please find here details of a job vacancy for the post of Lecturer in Economic & Social History, University of Glasgow.    
Job Purpose
To conduct high-quality research and knowledge exchange activities in the field of Economic & Social History with the capacity to support the Subject Area’s teaching commitments and research specialisms in post-1750 business history; make a substantial contribution to learning and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and undertake management and administrative duties as directed by the Head of School and/or Head of Subject.

The vacancy is advertised at:

For informal enquries please contact Professor Ray Stokes (  

The closing date for applications is 9 July 2017 (Job Ref: 018229).

Job Announcement: Book Review Editor Need for E&S

Book Review Editor Needed for Enterprise & Society


Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History, which is published for the Business History Conference by Cambridge University Press, is looking for a book review editor to replace Richard Weiner who will step down in June 2017. The book review editor works closely with the editor of the journal, Andrew Popp, and serves as a member of the editorial board for the journal.

From its foundation, the journal's book review section has been distinguished not only by the quality of its reviews but also by the range of books that it has covered. The ideal candidate for the position will carry on and extend this tradition. S/he will be someone with broad intellectual interests and multiple networks in the field of business history and related fields. S/he will have strong administrative and organizational skills.  It should be noted that, however, that much of the administration of the book review process is conducted electronically. As a result, the journal uses a comprehensive submission and editing server, Scholar One, which allows the book review editor to invite, receive, and edit reviews online and automates the creation of reminders for reviewers. Based on the experience of previous book review editors, the new editor will require approximately 20 hours of time (or a graduate student's time) per month to request books, log those received, and ship them to reviewers. The position includes a modest honorarium and budget. 

To be considered for the position of book review editor, please send a cover letter, which outlines your interest and aptitude for the job, together with a curriculum vitae to Louis Hyman, Chair, Print Media Oversight Committee of the Business History Conference at

All applications must be received by July 1, 2017.  Potential applicants interested in learning more are welcome to contact either Roger Horowitz, BHC Secretary-Treasurer at or Carol Lockman, Enterprise & Society Managing Editor, at

Event Announcement: Kurgan-van Hentenryk Chair in Business History International Workshop:The Entrepreneurial State and the Innovative Enterprise

Monday 8 May 2017

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)


The Kurgan-van Hentenryk Chair in Business History of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles), which has been launched in 2015, aims at advancing and diffusing research in the field of business history, with a special emphasis on the history of the knowledge economy.

It is widely accepted that the power of entrepreneurship and innovation lies in the private sector and that the state has to be cut back from the process in order to permit a burst of innovation and growth. Conversely, the reduction in the size of the state could translate into weak and non-ambitious economic policy that can damage the sources for innovation, greatly reducing the potential growth. However, another stream of research has recently challenged this dominant view by arguing that states could be leading drivers of innovation, especially when it comes to fund the most uncertain phases of R&D that the private sector may be too risk-averse to engage.

The Kurgan-van Hentenryk Chair in Business History tackles this debate in its First International Workshop focusing on the connections that already exist between present and past business developments, on the one hand, and innovation studies, on the other hand. Concepts such as ‘innovation system’ or ‘learning region’ are closely related to historical studies and analyse long- or medium term processes which have a historical dimension.

The workshop aims at bringing together outstanding scholars with economic policy advisers and business leaders in order to create a stimulating and intellectually challenging environment that explore the ongoing interactions of the “entrepreneurial state” and the “innovative enterprise”. The morning session will be devoted to keynote lectures given by Prof. William Lazonick (University of Massachusetts-Lowell) and Prof. David Edgerton (King’s College London). The afternoon session will program a roundtable mixing scholars, EU Commission experts, investors, and business leaders. The focus will be on current debates in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Workshop attendance is free of charge but registration is kindly requested by email at:



Workshop Programme


Salle Dupréel, Campus Solbosch, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

44 avenue Jeanne – 1050 Brussels


Monday 8 May 2017


9:00                 Registration

9:30                 Welcome address by Pierre Gurdjian, Chairman of the Board, Université Libre de Bruxelles

9:40                 Workshop Introduction: Bruno van Pottelsberghe, Dean of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics                        and Management (ULB)

9:50                 Kurgan-van Hentenryk Chair Presentation: Kenneth Bertrams (ULB)

10:00               Keynote (I): William Lazonick (University of Massachusetts-Lowell): “Innovative Enterprise or                                    Sweatshop Economics? In Search of Foundations of Economic Analysis”

10:45               Q&A

11:00               Coffee break

11:15               Keynote (II): David Edgerton (King’s College London): “The British entrepreneurial state 1945 - 1979:                          too much of a good thing?”

12:00               Q&A

12:15               Lunch break

14:00               Roundtable: The entrepreneurial state and the innovative enterprise

Introduction: Mathias Dewatripont (Executive Director National Bank of Belgium, Professor of Economics at ULB)

Participants: Claire Bury (Deputy-Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology [DG Connect]); John Taysom (Board Director Privitar, Visiting Professor UCL, Policy Fellow U. Cambridge); Frédéric Destin (General Partner Accel Ventures); William Lazonick (University of Massachusetts-Lowell)

16:30               Concluding remarks

16:45               Cocktail