Using Historical Methods in Management and Organization Research

Date(s) - 27/02/2019 9:45 am - 5:15 pm

Charles Thakrah Building

Doctoral Students, Early Career Researchers

Course overview:

Management and organizational researchers are increasingly interested in the opportunities for historical research. Even though history as a discipline does not have a similar understanding of methodology to management and organization studies, in recent years there have been a number of publications and workshops demystifying historical approaches and analytical techniques. This one-day workshop will introduce participants to basic techniques and recent developments, as well as providing worked examples and on-hand advice for ongoing research projects. 

This workshop is addressed to second and third year PhD students and ECRs who engage in historical research as part of their PhD thesis or research project.  Please note that if you are offered a place on this workshop, you will be asked to prepare a short presentation about your research project. 

About the speaker: 

Professor Stephanie Decker, Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK (co-Editor of Business History – Taylor & Francis Publications) 

Stephanie Decker is a Professor in Organization Studies and History at Aston Business School, where she has been working since 2010. After completing her PhD in history at the University of Liverpool in 2006, she held postdoctoral appointments at the LSE and Harvard Business School, before joining the University of Liverpool Management School in 2007/8. She is currently the Associate Director for Research for Aston Business School. 

Stephanie’s research interests fall into two related areas: business and development in sub-Saharan Africa, and the use of historical analysis for management and organization studies. She received funding from the British Academy and the Economic and Social Science Research Council UK (ESRC) in support of this research. Her second area of research interest is in the area of historical theory and methodology within management and organization studies. This focuses on integrating historical approaches, primarily archival research influenced by postcolonial theory, ethnographic history and microhistory into social scientific research data analysis techniques such as documentary and process-based qualitative studies. This research has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC, the Newton Fund and the British Academy. 

Professor Decker has published in top tier academy journals including the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Business History, Organization, as well as Management and Organizational History. 

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