We are now entering a new phase in the establishment of historical organization studies as a distinctive methodological paradigm within the broad field of organization studies. This book serves both as a landmark in the development of the field and as a key reference tool for researchers and students.

For two decades, organization theorists have emphasized the need for more and better research recognizing the importance of the past in shaping the present and future. By historicizing organizational research, the contexts and forces bearing upon organizations will be more fully recognized, and analyses of organizational dynamics improved. But how, precisely, might a traditionally empirically oriented discipline such as history be incorporated into a theoretically oriented discipline such as organization studies? This book evaluates the current state of play, advances it and identifies the possibilities the new emergent field offers for the future. In addition to providing an important work of reference on the subject for researchers, the book can be used to introduce management and organizational history to a student audience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The book is a valuable source for wider reading, providing rich reference material in tutorials across organizational studies, or as recommended or required reading on courses with a connection to business or management history.

Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

part I|22 pages


chapter 1|21 pages

Historical organization studies

Advancing new directions for organizational research

part II|81 pages

Conceptual advances

part III|121 pages

Theoretical applications

chapter 7|26 pages

The Canadian Alouette women

106Reclaiming their space

chapter 8|18 pages

The enduring presence of the founder

A historical and interdisciplinary perspective on the organizational identity of collection museums

chapter 9|21 pages

Institutional entrepreneurship and the field of power

The emergence of the global hotel industry

chapter 11|19 pages

Institutional change as historical confluence

The development of the nursing profession in Japan

part IV|17 pages


chapter 13|16 pages

At the intersection of theory and history

227A research agenda for historical organization studies