History in Organisation Studies

Usdiken, Behlül ; Kieser, Alfred

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2004
The title of a journal, publication series: Business History
Volume: 46
Issue number: 3
Page range: 321-498
Place of publication: Abingdon
Publishing house: Routledge, Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0007-6791 , 1743-7938
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Organisation (Kieser Em)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: There have been various calls in the literature more recently for engaging with history in the study of organisations and their management. They have been joined by a number of studies that have either had an explicit historical focus or that have clearly incorporated an historical perspective in their examination of organisational and managerial phenomena. The appeal for greater engagement with history has, for the most part, come as a reaction to the largely ahistorical character that organisation studies has gained during its development as a separate discipline in the second half of the twentieth century. The essays in this special issue reflect to a considerable degree the diversity that has been taking shape as history is being brought back into organisation studies via different routes. Some of the contributions extend and sharpen a particular position. Others, embedded as they are in a particular perspective, provide examples of strategies that have or may be employed in conducting historically informed or historically orientated research within organisation studies. At the most fundamental level, the essays in this special issue constitute a collection of studies on a range of organisations and organisational fields relatively little studied in the literature, certainly in historical terms. They also provide examples of different strategies with regard to the 'how' of conducting studies of organisations with a historical focus. Most significantly, perhaps, the essays reflect the emerging diversity as more calls and engagements are made for bringing history back into organisation studies. Some of them in particular help to clarify and sharpen alternative persuasions as to the ways in which history needs to be brought back and should therefore serve as valuable additions to the emerging debates over how this ought to happen.

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