Vintage trade card, Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton, 1893

BHC members Mark Rose and Francesca Polese initiated the Workshops at the 2012 BHC meeting in Philadelphia. Funded by a nominal registration fee, which provides for light refreshments, the Workshops provide meeting attendees with professional information of interest outside the format of the general meeting. The Workshops generally take place in the afternoon preceding the first meeting sessions. Anna Spadavecchia replaced Francesca Polese as the co-director after the 2014 meeting, and in 2015 Anne Murphy and Albert Churella joined as co-coordinators. In 2016 Christina Lubinski took over Anna Spadavecchia's role.

For 2017, two workshops will be held the afternoon of Thurdsay, March 31, before the start of the regular proceedings. The cost of each workshop is $15.00; size is limited to 30 participants. Interested attendees may select and pay for workshops as part of the registration process.


How have Brexit and similar developments across Europe and in South and North America begun (or might yet begin) to shape the work and domestic lives of academics? This workshop and discussion will be led by:

Andrew Smith (Liverpool):  — Chair 
Mary O'Sullivan (Geneva)
Michael Aldous (Queens Belfast)
Veronique Pouillard (University of Oslo)
Andrea Lluch (NSTRC, Buenos Aires)

This workshop on publishing books and articles in business history will be led by:


Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University--Chair       
Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University
Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia
Lucy Newton, University of Reading
Andrew Popp, University of Liverpool
Bridget Flannery-McCoy, Columbia University Press

Paper Development Workshop for historical research papers on international business.
Organized under the auspice of the BHC workshop committee by Teresa da Silva Lopes, Heidi Tworek and Christina Lubinski; sponsored by Copenhagen Business School

International Business Concepts
Commentator: Heidi Tworek (Univ. of British Columbia)

R. Dan Wadhwani (Univ. of the Pacific) and Christina Lubinski (CBS): “International Entrepreneurship”
Andrew Smith (University of Liverpool Management School): “Connecting the Histories of Race and International Business: What Business History Can Offer International Business”
Teresa da Silva Lopes (Univ. of York), Andrea Lluch (CONICET and Los Andes) and Gaspar Martins Pereira (Univ. of Porto): “Imitation and Global Business”

Internationalization of Taste
Commentator: Neil Rollings (Univ. of Glasgow)

Pierre-Yves Donzé (Osaka University) and Véronique Pouillard (University of Oslo): “Luxury”
Peter Miskell (University of Reading): “Makers of Globalisation: The Film Industry”
Patrick Friedenson (L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Social, Paris) and Kazoo Wada: “Automobiles”

Competitiveness and Dynamics of Emerging Markets
Commentator: Christina Lubinski (CBS)

Valeria Giacomin (CBS): “Clusters as Tools for Global Integration”
Chenxiao Xia (Kyoto Univ.): “The Rise of Chinese Big Business, 1990-2015"
Espen Storli (Norwegian University of Science and Technology): “Commodity Trading”

Institutions of Internationalization
Commentator: R. Dan Wadhwani (Univ. of the Pacific)

Niels Viggo Haueter (Swiss Re): “Chapter on Insurance and Reinsurance”
Michael Aldous (Queen’s University Belfast): “Trading Companies”
Marcelo Bucheli and Ishva Minefee (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): “Corruption”

Internationalizing Knowledge and Practices
Commentator: Teresa da Silva Lopes (Univ. of York)
Robert Fitzgerald (University of London) “Trends in Multinational Management: Integration, Decentralization and Capabilities
Matthias Kipping (Schulich School of Business) “Masters of Global: Consultants and Business Internationalization”
Rolv Petter Amdam (BI Norwegian Business School): “The Globalization of Executive Education: 1945-1980”


Business history often finds a receptive audience among the general public, thanks to television, newspapers, and the Internet. Such venues offer business historians an opportunity to share their knowledge with a large and diverse audience, and to correct errors that may creep into popular portrayals of complex subjects.  Moreover, universities and providers of external funding are increasingly likely to ask us to demonstrate the public impact of our research.  Yet few business historians have enjoyed the opportunity to polish their skills in media relations.  The subject is rarely discussed in graduate schools and universities seldom offer guidance in this area.

This workshop will focus on ways in which academics at all levels, from graduate students to full professors, can make themselves more visible to the media.  Topics will include working with university public relations and outreach offices, making contact with media outlets, acting as a consultant for television shows, preparing for interviews, and answering interview questions when the camera is rolling.  Workshop leaders with experience in media relations will help participants respond more effectively to media inquiries and to better demonstrate the public impact of their scholarship.

Chair: Rowena Olegario, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

    Albert Churella, Kennesaw State University
    Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School
    Richard Sylla, New York University and Chairman, Museum of American Finance 
    Natalya Vinokurova, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Graduate school rightly focuses our attention on teaching and research. Later, we learn how to survive on short-term contracts and how to hit the ground running at the next university. And, at every university, we prepare courses to serve both our passionate and our less engaged students. Meanwhile, we begin to learn details about annual reviews,  probation (third year) reviews, committee service, and student evaluations. We become familiar with the "Publish or Perish" rule, the importance of the BOOK, and journal rankings. In Europe, we take public exams. And whether in Europe or in the US, we are expected to contribute to the department's administration. Years after starting grad school, we seek to arrive at a permanent contract or at tenure, the Big T. But first, we have to assemble a large tenure package.

Chair: Steve Usselman, Georgia Tech

     Stephanie Dyer, Sonoma State University
     Ann-Kristin Bergquist, Umeå University
     Eric Godeliér, École Polytechnique
     Pamela W. Laird, University of Colorado at Denver 


Editors and authors will share experiences regarding how to carve articles from dissertations as well as the process of submitting articles to journal editors and working with them toward publication.

Chair: Rowena Olegario, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Research Coordinator and Case Study Editor, Centre for Corporate Reputation
     Walter Friedman, Harvard Business School, Business History Review
     Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University, associate editor, Technology and Culture
     Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University, Essays in Economic and Business History
     Anne Murphy, University of Hertfordshire, Financial History Review and Economic History Review
     Andrew Popp, University of Liverpool, Enterprise & Society

Editors and authors will explain strategies for meeting editors and how to work with them toward a contract and publication.

Chair: Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, University of California at Davis
     Vicki Howard, Hartwick College
     Philip Leventhal, Editor, Columbia University Press
     Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University, former editor, Enterprise & Society
     Ray Stokes, University of Glasgow, Co-editor, Routledge International Studies in Business History

Panel members will share recent experiences as they sought employment in and out of university settings.

Chair: Dominique Tobbell, University of Minnesota
     Xavier Duran Amorocho, Universidad de Los Andes
     Christy Chapin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
     Julia Ott, The New School
     Laura Phillips Sawyer, Harvard Business School
     Benjamin Schwantes, German Historical Institute

This workshop is aimed at those interested in teaching Latin America business history both in Latin America or other parts of the world to different audiences (undergraduate and graduate students).  Participants will share experiences and develop a common agenda for the development of teaching materials. 

Workshop leaders:
     Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois College of Business
     Geoff Jones, Harvard Business School
     Andrea Lluch, CONICET (Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council)


  • Patrick Fridenson, Editor, Entreprises et Histoire, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)
  • Andrew Popp, Incoming Editor, Enterprise & Society, University of Liverpool
  • Philip Scranton, Editor, Enterprise & Society, Rutgers University
  • Ray Stokes, former editor of the Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte/executive editor of Business History, University of Glasgow

workshop14a.jpgThis workshop considered issues of language in business history research and publishing and the challenges these issues present for both editors and authors, especially those for whom English is not their first language. Are English-language journals dominant in terms of prestige and, if so, what effect is this having on the development of the discipline? What challenges do young scholars without English as a first language face in getting published and read, and what strategies might they best adopt to overcome these as they seek to develop a career? What role do/should the journals have in shaping the language of business history?

Note: Ray Stokes was unable to attend; Jan Otmar-Hesse, of Bielefeld University, took his place.