DW_SWG 08: Using Historical Methods in Organizational Research

Lars Engwall
Uppsala University, Sweden
Michael Rowlinson
Queen Mary University of London, UK
R. Daniel Wadhwani
University of the Pacific, USA

Call for Applications



The main objective of this Development Workshop is to introduce participants to the use of historical sources and methods in organizational research. Those involved will learn about historical methods from a faculty that has used such methods to address theoretical questions about organizations. The workshop is aimed at both early and mid-career scholars who see the potential of using historical methods and perspectives in their research and seek guidance on how best to do so.

The workshop will be broken down into two parts:

  • The first part will focus on the range of ways in which scholars have used historical methods and perspectives in published research. The emphasis here will be on examining published work and considering how the authors used historical research and reasoning to address questions about organization(s).
  • In the second part, we will examine the working papers of participants in small groups with the aim of improving and sharpening the papers with regards to their use and interpretation of his-torical sources and their explanations of historical methods.

Participants will also learn about the journals that can be considered when it comes to publishing historically oriented organization research. More broadly, participants will learn more about the range of historically oriented scholarship being produced in organizational studies today.

Participants will be expected to read the papers of their fellow session presenters, attend both parts of the workshop, and engage actively in discussions.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 9:00am–14:00pm.



All scholars interested in developing their papers towards publishable articles are invited to apply. However, preference will be given to PhD and early career scholars. To be considered as an early career scholar, the applicant needs to have completed her/his doctoral thesis within the last three years.

Please submit – via the EGOS website! – a single document of application that includes:

  • On the first page: a short letter of application containing full details of name, address (postal address, phone and email), affiliation (date of PhD completion for early career scholars), a statement of why the applicant considers it valuable to attend the workshop as well as an indication of what journal(s) the paper is likely to be submitted to.
  • A full draft paper that you want to be develop to a publishable stage.


Lars Engwall is Professor of Business Administration at Uppsala University since 1981. His research has been directed towards the development of industries and organizations as well as the creation and dif-fusion of management knowl¬edge. Publications related to the sub-theme include "Mercury Meets Minerva" (2009/1992), "Management Consulting" (2002, ed. with Matthias Kipping), "The Expansion of Management Knowledge" (2002, ed. with Kerstin Sahlin-Anders¬son), and "Reconfiguring Knowledge Production" (2010, with Richard Whitley and Jochen Gläser).
Michael Rowlinson is Professor of Organization Studies in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London. He edits the journal 'Management & Organizational History' and is the co-editor for a forthcoming special issue of 'Organization' on "Narratives and Memory in Organizations", as well as the forthcoming Special Topic Forum of the 'Academy of Management Review' on "History and Organization Studies: Toward a Creative Synthesis".
R. Daniel Wadhwani is Associate Professor of Management and Fletcher Jones Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific. His research focuses on the areas of entrepreneurship and business history. He has co-edited (with Geoffrey Jones) the two-volume series "Entrepreneurship and Global Capitalism" (2006) which examines the role of entrepreneurial activity in international economic integration over the last century and a half. He is presently co-editing a book, to be published by Oxford University Press, on the role of historical research and reasoning in organization studies.