Pre-Colloquium Development Workshop DW_SWG 08

Using Historical Methods in Organizational Research

Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 09:00–17:00

Location: CSC, 1st Floor, Green Section, St-Hubert




  • Stephanie Decker, Aston Business School, UK
  • Eric Godelier, Senior Editorial Board Member of Organization Studies
  • Bill Foster, Member of the AMR Editorial Board
  • Albert Mills, Director of the PhD Programme in Business Administration at Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
  • Michael Rowlinson, Guest Editor the AMR special topic forum "History and Organization Studies"
  • Roy Suddaby, Editor of AMR


Program DW_SWG 08: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and Introduction by the convenors
09:15 – 10:00

Stephanie Decker: Discovering and analyzing relevant sources

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:15

R. Daniel Wadhwani: Historical interpretation: A basic methodology

11:15 – 12:00

Parallel Group Discussions of papers in development

Group 1, convened by Lars Engwall & R. Daniel Wadhwani:

Gwyneth Edwards: CEO narratives and strategic lock-in

Group 2, convened by Stephanie Decker & Michael Rowlinson:

Maki Umemura: Challenging stasis: The medical devices sector in Japan's system of innovation

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:30

Continued Parallel Group Discussions of papers in development

13:00 – 13:45

Group 1:

Junichi Hiramatsu: Discourse and security organization: Processual understanding of American propaganda organizing

Group 2:

Xuanwei Cao: Entrepreneurial opportunity, path dependence and industry-institution co-evolution: The Chinese nutrition and health food industry, 1984–2010

13:45 – 14:30

Group 1:

Jacqueline McGlade: Leading risk and innovation: The entrepreneurial role of the French syndicate Comptoir des Textiles Artificiels (CTA) in rayon and cellophane development

Group 2:

Diego Maganhotto Coraiola: Rhetoric of inquiry: A framework for studying history in organizations

14:30 – 15:15

Albert Mills: Historical studies in doctoral programs

15:15 – 15:45   Coffee break
15:45 – 17:00

Panel Discussion led by Lars Engwall: Developing historical papers for submission to leading journals in management and organization theory

Panelists: Bill Foster, Eric Godelier, Michael Rowlinson & Roy Suddaby