History in Management and Organization Studies: From Margin to Mainstream

Objective: Finding History in Management ResearchIntroductionLet’s Look to the Past: History Is Back, or Was It Ever Gone?Like Hot Cakes: The Recent Popularity of HistoryWho Cares? Little Regard for Histories of Managers and ManagementCrazy About History? Management and Organization StudiesSeparated in the Past, Rejoined in the Present?Who Kicked History Out: “Science” or Sociology?Can the Twain Ever Meet Again?Let’s Have Another Look: History Is Already There, Kind ofAs Stated Before: More Than Meets the EyeHaven’t We Seen This Movie Already? Opening the Package. . .And Displaying Its ContentsReferencesOrigins: History and Management Becoming “Sciences”IntroductionAlways There: The Ever-Present Hand of HistoryEarly and Everywhere: Origins of Written Histories Around the GlobeScientizing History and Historicizing Everything: The Rankean “Revolution”Beyond a Single Truth: Multiplying the “Houses of History”A Bumpy Road: Developing Business and Then Management Into a “Science”Late, Diverse and Difficult: The Origins of “Business” SchoolsThirsting for Legitimacy: Early Claims to “Science”Getting There—And Globally: Turning Management Into a “True” ScienceConclusionReferencesAspirations: Bringing History and Management Studies (Back) TogetherIntroductionAnybody Out There? Contacts Between Historical and Business and Management ResearchRoads to Nowhere: Missed OpportunitiesLonely Hearts: Business Historians and “New Look” Management StudiesUnrequited Love: Management Indifference From the 1960s Through the 1980sFeeling Nostalgic: Growing Calls for “More History” Since the 1990sWhole Lotta Love: Increasing Diversity as History Attracts Greater AttentionTurning Where? Business History, History or Postmodern HistoryTurning How? Searching for Some Form of “Synthesis”Above and Beyond: Extending the Historic Turn in Organization Studies to Other DomainsConclusionReferencesEvidence: Identifying History in Top Management JournalsIntroductionNeedle in a Haystack? History in the Management and Organization Studies LiteraturePrevious Surveys and Their LimitationsObjectives and Scope of the Present SurveyAnd Then There Were Two . . . Types of Studies With a Historical DimensionTwo Souls: History and Theory in Management and Organizational ResearchBacking It All Up: History as Evidence and a Source of DataIts Natural Placet Historical Data in Qualitative ResearchFeeding the Beast? Historical Data in Quantitative ResearchIn the Driving Seat: History as Part of Theoretical ModelsPutting It All Together: A Framework for Combining History and TheoryReferencesBeginnings: Early Writings on Management HistoryIntroductionWhen It All Began: Early Histories of ManagementIdeas Matter: The Transition Toward Histories of Management ThoughtSetting the Stage: Initial Exemplary WorksMaking It Count: Histories for Practitioners by Consultants and ManagersStaying in the Shadows: Limited Contributions by AcademicsEnter “Theory”, Kind of: Going Beyond Management HistoryConclusionReferencesOrthodoxy: Establishing and Defending Classic Management HistoryIntroductionClaiming a Place in the MainstreamBringing It All Together: Publication of the First TextbooksProgressing . . . a Bit: Further, Albeit Limited Expansion of the LiteratureDrifting to the Margins: The Effect of “Scientization” on Management HistoryClosing Doors: Reduced Publication Opportunities in Mainstream Management JournalsDoubling Down: The “Classic” View PersistsStill Focusing on Individuals: From “Pioneers” to “Innovators” and BackConclusionReferencesAlternatives: Emergence and Expansion of Critical ViewsIntroduction‘Twas All Rather Different: Revisionist HistoriesFalse Starts: Labor Process Theory and Critical Management StudiesTalk Matters: Theorizing the Evolution of Management Discourses and ModelsAnd So Does Context: “Politicizing” the History of Management Thought in the US‘Twas the Total Opposite, Actually: Counter-HistoriesCue in Foucault: Archaeologies and GenealogiesCue in Latour: ANTi-HistoryOther Worlds: Expanding the Critical Perspective GeographicallyMoving Beyond the US: Comparative and Diffusion StudiesBetter to Be Different? Institutionalizing a Critical and International PerspectiveConclusionReferencesHistory to Theory: Institutional Theories and Process StudiesIntroductionWhich Way? Two Institutionalisms on Different Paths From History to TheoryHow It All Started: Institutionalism From the TVA to a Theory of “Organizational Character”Bring in the New: Developing Neo-Institutional TheoryHere Come the Dynamos: Institutional Entrepreneurship and Institutional WorkHolding It All Together—In a Dynamic Way: Institutional LogicsWhat’s Going On? Unrealized Potential in Process Studies of Organizations and StrategyLooking Inside: Process Organization StudiesInside Looking Out: Strategy-MakingConclusionReferencesHistory to Theory: Organizational Ecology, Economics, Resource DependenceIntroductionWho Wants to Live Forever: Organizational EcologyThe More, the Merrier—Up to a Point: Density DependenceScale or Scope? Resource Partitioning and Community EcologyThat Rare Beast: Qualitative StudiesAnd the Twain Did Meet: Organizational Ecology and InstitutionsWhere You Belong: Categories and CategorizationNot Much There: History and Organizational EconomicsNor Here: Resource DependenceConclusionReferencesHistory in Theory: Imprinting and Path DependenceIntroductionHistory Leaving a Lasting Presence: ImprintingIts Own Past: Origins and Early StudiesPeople Matter: Founder Characteristics and OrganizationsContext Matters: Initial Institutional and Economic Environments of OrganizationsThe Past Really Matters: History, Institutional Logics and OrganizationsLocal Matters: Community-Level Imprinting and Institutional LegaciesStaying on Track: Path DependenceHow It All Started: Origins and DefinitionsHow It Works in Practice: Organizational Path DependenceParallels and Crossings: Path Dependence in Institutional Persistence and ChangeConclusionReferencesHistory in Theory: Ecology, Strategy, Co-evolutionIntroductionOrigins Matter Here, Too: Organizational EcologyWhat Starts Well. . . : Founding Conditions and the Density Delay ModelWhen Things Get Sticky: Structural Inertia and History DependenceThe Ever-Present Past: Population History and History of CompetitionIt Stays in the Family: Parents and ProgeniesSurvival Strategies: Resources, Routines and Dynamic CapabilitiesIt Pays to Be Early: First MoversManaging the Past: History as a “Resource”Change Is Back: From Routines to Dynamic CapabilitiesA Way Out? Combining Imprinting and History Dependence in Co-evolutionConclusionReferencesIntroductionMain Findings in Brief—Very BriefNo Hope in History—Well, Maybe a LittleHistory in the Present: Uses of the PastToward “Historical Cognizance”: Contextualized TheorizingCognizant vs. Universalist: Big Business in the USFrom Comparisons to Cognizance: “Management” Goes GlobalCognizance in the Mainstream: Institutional Logics and BeyondThis Is the End . . . Not Really, Since There Is More to ComeReferences
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