Writing history into management research

Bell, Emma and Taylor, Scott (2013). Writing history into management research. Management & Organizational History, 8(2) pp. 127–136.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17449359.2012.761487


This essay addresses the apparent exclusion of historical methods from management research methods textbooks. We suggest that this alleged ostracism is in fact only partial, if the notion of history is defined more broadly to include historicizing research methodologies such as discourse analysis. We also note the reluctance of the community of historians to be clear or reflexive about the methods in use as a potential explanation for the separation historians feel. We conclude by arguing that the community of historians would be better served by a greater degree of openness and reflexivity, in order to construct a more emancipated methodological present and achieve more presence in methods textbooks.

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