chapter  6
11 Pages

Revisiting the historic turn: a personal refl ection

WithMichael Rowlinson

Having contributed to the historic turn in organization studies in various ways, not least by naming it as such so that it can be dated and commemorated, and helping to launch the journal Management & Organizational History , I would like to refl ect on what the historic turn means to me. First of all I will set out a celebratory story of the historic turn and my part in it. Then I will off er a more personal contingent counter narrative of how the historic turn nearly didn’t happen, or at least how my part in it was more tenuous than might appear because of the diffi culties I had in getting historical papers accepted at conferences and in journals. Finally I will describe the context in which my own personal turn to history came about.