Business History — The Cultures and Institutions of Business — Columbus, OH

The Business History Conference invites proposals for its 2013 annual meeting, March 21–23, 2013, in Columbus, OH. The theme is “The Cultures and Institutions of Business.” The submission deadline is Oct. 1, 2012.

We are interested in all topics embracing the culture of business and the business of culture. Papers may engage the ways in which cultural beliefs, values, practices, institutions, meanings, language, identities, habits and cognition shape business orientation,governance, behavior and performance in different geographical, historical, or social settings. Papers may also address the ways in which business has acted upon cultural practices and institutions, both high and popular culture, or how the language of business has entered into wider public discourses. Works might cover such matters as the business of entertainment and the arts or cultural differences (or conformity) in ideas and practices of management, accounting, human resources, scientific and technological research, and innovation.

In keeping with longstanding BHC policy the Committee will also consider submissions not directly related to the conference theme.

The Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting, on March 20-21, 2013. The colloquium is limited to ten students. Submit application by 1 December 2012.

The conference offers several prizes:

  • Herman E. Krooss Prize for the best dissertation in business history by a recent Ph.D. in history, economics, business administration, the history of science and technology, sociology, law, communications, and related fields.
  • The K. Austin Kerr Prize for the best first paper delivered by a new scholar at the annual meeting of the BHC.
  • The CEBC-Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility for a paper presented at the annual meeting of the BHC that makes a significant contribution to the history of corporate responsibility.

Details here.