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2011 Annual Meeting

St. Louis, Missouri
31 March–2 April 2011

The members of the program committee for the 2011 meeting were Mark R. Wilson (chair), Teresa da Silva Lopes, Matthias Kipping, Jocelyn Wills, and Richard R. John (BHC President). The members of the local arrangements committee were Matthew Sherman (chair), David B. Robertson, and Jeffrey T. Manuel.

Program
Theme: “Knowledge”

wednesday, march 30

Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium Dinner

thursday, march 31

Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium
8:30 am—4:00 pm
John Cook Business School, Saint Louis University


1:00—6:00 pm
Registration
Regency Coat Room

5:00—7:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session
Knowledge: Institutions and Ideas

Regency C
Chair: Pamela W. Laird, University of Colorado Denver
Discussant: The Audience
Douglass C. North, Washington University in St. Louis
David A. Hounshell, Carnegie Mellon University
Rakesh Khurana, Harvard Business School
7:00—8:00 pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by the Department of History, Saint Louis University
Regency AB

8:00—10:00 pm
Trustees Meeting
Sterling Six

friday, april 1

7:00—8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
Regency AB

7:00—8:15 am
BHC Membership Meeting
Regency C

8:00 am—6:00 pm
Registration
Regency Coat Room

8:00 am—6:00 pm
Book Exhibit Open
Sterling Nine

8:30—10:00 am
concurrent sessions a


A.1 Big Business Reconsidered
Regency C
Chair: Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University
Discussant: Louis Galambos, The Johns Hopkins University
Hartmut Berghoff, German Historical Institute

Becoming Global, Staying Local: The Internationalization of Bertelsmann, 1962-2010
  [Abstract]

William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Edward March, Dartmouth College

The Rise and Demise of Lucent Technologies
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Dominique A. Tobbell, University of Minnesota

Revolving Doors and the Circulation of Administrative Knowledge in the Post-War Pharmaceutical Enterprise
  [Abstract]

A.2 Banking in Nineteenth-Century North American Regions
Sterling Three
Chair: Edwin J. Perkins, University of Southern California
Discussant: Richard Sylla, New York University
Sharon Ann Murphy, Providence College

Banking on the Public’s Trust: The Image of Commercial Banks in Kentucky, 1816-1820
  [Abstract]

Robert E. Wright, Augustana College and New York University

Governance and the Success of U.S. Community Banks, 1790-2010: Mutual Savings Banks, Local Commercial Banks, and the Merchants (National) Bank of New Bedford, Massachusetts
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Mark Stickle, The Ohio State University

New Gowns, Morocco Shoes, and Little Monsters: Eastern Capital and Mortgage Credit in Ohio, 1835-1850
  [Abstract]

A.3 Confronting Government Interventions
Sterling Four
Chair: Daniel Amsterdam, The Ohio State University
Discussant: Shane Hamilton, University of Georgia
Gail Radford, State University of New York, Buffalo

Public Authorities When There's Nothing to Sell: The Evolution of Quasi-Public Agencies in the United States after World War II

Christy Chapin, University of Virginia

Reconciling Black Capitalism, Affirmative Action, and Black Power: Black-Owned Insurance Companies and the State, 1940-1980
  [Abstract]

Christopher McKenna, University of Oxford

The State of Opaque Knowledge: The Rise and Fall of International Tax Havens

A.4 Regulation and Knowledge: Better Knowing Through Science
Sterling Five
Chair: Glen Asner, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Discussant: Andrew Russell, Stevens Institute of Technology
Amy M. Hay, University of Texas, Pan American

Dow Chemical vs. “Coercive Utopians”: Constructing the Contested Ground of Science and Government Regulation in 1970s America
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Lee Vinsel, Carnegie Mellon University

Automakers and the Problem of “Feasible” Emission Controls: Experts, the Regulatory Environment, and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970

Minoru Shimamoto, Hitotsubashi University

R&D Strategy and Knowledge Creation in Japanese Chemical Firms, 1980-2010
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

A.5 International Economic Advisors after World War II: Between Theory and Policymaking
Sterling Six
Chair: William H. Becker, George Washington University
Discussant: Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt, University of Maryland
Stephanie Decker, Aston Business School

“Advice Never Hurts the Giver”: The Role of Advisors in the Volta River Project in Ghana, 1952-1966
  [Abstract]

Michael R. Adamson, California State University, Sacramento

The Development and Transfer of Tax Ideas: The International Advisory Missions of Carl Shroup
  [Abstract]

Elisa Grandi, University of Paris VII, Denis Diderot

David Lilienthal, the World Bank, and the Development of a Transnational Network of International Economic Advising, 1950-1960
  [Abstract]

A.6 Engineering and Consulting: Asia, Europe, and the USA in the Twentieth Century
Sterling Seven
Chair: Albert Churella, Southern Polytechnic State University
Discussant: Álvaro Ferreira da Silva, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Elisabeth Koll, Harvard Business School

The Making of the Civil Engineer in China: Railroad Companies, Technology, and Knowledge Transfer in the Early Twentieth Century
  [Abstract]

Adoración Álvaro-Moya, CUNEF, University College of Financial Studies, Madrid

Developing Organizational Capabilities through Foreign Aid and Foreign Direct Investment: The Emergence of Engineering Consulting in Spain, 1953-1975
  [Abstract]

Jeffrey R. Yost, University of Minnesota

Diebold and Associates, Information Technology Consulting, and the Diffusion of Knowledge in Digital Computers and Applications Programming in the 1950s
  [Abstract]

A.7 Environmental Knowledge
Sterling Eight
Chair: Mansel Blackford, The Ohio State University
Discussant: Christine Rosen, University of California, Berkeley
Ann-Kristin Bergquist, Umeå University, and Kristina Söderholm, Luleå University of Technology

The Making of a Green Innovation System: The Swedish Institute for Water and Air Protection and the Swedish Pulp and Paper Industry from the Mid-1960s to the 1980s
  [Abstract]

Carolyn N. Biltoft, Georgia State University

Reading Tea Leaves: The International Tea Committee and the Global “Greening” of Emerging Markets, 1933-1977
  [Abstract]

Carl A. Zimring, Roosevelt University

Recycling Knowledge: Expertise as Commodity in the American Scrap Recycling Industries
  [Abstract]

10:00-10:30 am
Coffee Break

10:30 am—12:00 noon
concurrent sessions b


B.1 Scaling the Ivory Tower: Navigating the Current Academic Job Market
Regency C
Co-Chair: Christy Chapin, University of Virginia
Co-Chair: Laura D. Phillips, University of Virginia
Discussant: The Audience
Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois
Christopher McKenna, University of Oxford
Julia Ott, The New School
B.2 Labor and Finance in the USA
Sterling Three
Chair: David B. Robertson, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Discussant: Edmund Wehrle, Eastern Illinois University
Andrew Urban, Rutgers University

Race and Demand: Chinese Exclusion and the Domestic Service Labor Market in the Late Nineteenth-Century United States
  [Abstract]

Janice Traflet, Bucknell University

The First Women on the NYSE Floor: The Forgotten History
  [Abstract]

Nicholas Osborne, Columbia University

Teaching Thrift: The Small Finance Industry, Financial Literacy, and Industrial Labor in the Late Nineteenth-Century United States

B.3 Beyond Profit and Loss: The Limits of Materialism in American Business
Sterling Four
Chair: Mark H. Rose, Florida Atlantic University
Discussant: Pamela W. Laird, University of Colorado Denver
Noam Maggor, Vanderbilt University

Bunking with Strange Bed-Fellows: The Social Foundations of Interregional Capital Flows in the Late Nineteenth Century
  [Abstract]

Clifton Hood, Hobart and William Smith College

A Collision of Aspirations: Elite Men’s Clubs and Social Competition in Gilded Age New York City
  [Abstract]

Susan Yohn, Hofstra University

Diversity as a Business Strategy, or How Liberal Feminism Saved American Capitalism in the Late Twentieth Century
  [Abstract]

B.4 Business Networks and the Politics of Knowledge in the Atlantic World, 1760s-1830s
Sterling Five
Chair: Rosalind Remer, Remer & Talbott
Discussant: Jeffrey L. Pasley, University of Missouri
Victoria E. M. Gardner, Roehampton University

News Networks and the Creation of a National Newspaper Industry in Eighteenth-Century Britain
  [Abstract]

Joseph M. Adelman, The Johns Hopkins University

Printers’ Networks and the Business of Producing Political News in Revolutionary America
  [Abstract]

Peter J. Kastor, Washington University in St. Louis

The Business of Western Geography: Publishing, Policy, and Culture in the Early American Republic

B.5 Exports and Multinational Enterprise
Sterling Six
Chair: Margaret Levenstein, University of Michigan
Discussant: Jeffrey Fear, University of Redlands
Elina Kuorelahti, University of Helsinki

The Nordic Timber Cartel and Government Intervention, 1931-1932
  [Abstract]

Takafumi Kurosawa, Kyoto University

The Second World War, Divided World Markets, and Swiss Multinational Enterprise: Roche, Nestlé, and Political Risks
  [Abstract]

Michael Stamm, Michigan State University

The Metropolitan Newspaper in a Global Economy, 1910-2010
  [Abstract]

B.6 Management Knowledge
Sterling Seven
Chair: Andrew Popp, University of Liverpool
Discussant: Eric Godelier, Ecole Polytechnique
Stefan Link, Harvard University

From Taylorism to Human Relations: American, German, and Soviet Trajectories in the Interwar Years
  [Abstract]

Martin Giraudeau, London School of Economics

Accounting Plug-Ins and Virtual Firms: A Brief History of Business Plan Guidebooks in the United States, 1970-2010
  [Abstract]

Álvaro Ferreira da Silva, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Circulation of Management Knowledge: The Role of Strategic Consulting in Portugal in the Early 1970s
  [Abstract]

B.7 Marketing and Consumption
Sterling Eight
Chair: Jacqueline McGlade, College of Saint Elizabeth
Discussant: Malia McAndrew, John Carroll University
Richard Coopey, London School of Economics

New Entrepreneurs and New Markets in the Fashion and Music Businesses in Britain in the 1960s

Joseph Malherek, George Washington University

Massaging the Mass: Psychographic Market Segmentation in Post-War America
  [Abstract]

12:00 noon—1:30 pm
Business School Network Lunch
Mills 3

12:00 noon—1:30 pm
Lunch
Regency AB

1:30—3:00 pm
concurrent sessions c


C.1 Modern American Capitalism—An Intellectual History: A Roundtable Discussion of Howard Brick’s Transcending Capitalism (2006)
Regency C
Chair: Aaron Cavin, University of Michigan
Discussant: The Audience
Howard Brick, University of Michigan
Allan Needell, Smithsonian Institution

James Webb, “Space Age Management,” and Post-Capitalist Ideas
  [Abstract]

Judith Stein, City University of New York

Transcending Capitalism: Past or Present?

Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara
C.2 Making the Modern U.S. Financial System, 1960s-1980s
Sterling Three
Chair: Richard Sylla, New York University
Discussant: Robert E. Wright, Augustana College and New York University
Mark H. Rose, Florida Atlantic University

Before Deregulation: The Politics of Widening Bank Markets, 1961-1982

Paula Gajewski, Vanderbilt University

Unintended Consequences of Retirement Regulation
  [Abstract]

David B. Sicilia, University of Maryland

The Erosion of Due Diligence: Ratings Agencies before the 2007 Financial Crisis

C.3 Drugs: Legal and Illegal
Sterling Five
Chair: Graham Taylor, Trent University
Discussant: Austin Kerr, Ohio State University
Matthew J. Bellamy, Carleton University

“The Guardians of True Temperance”: The Brewers’ Campaign to End Prohibition in Canada, 1916-1930
  [Abstract]

Lisa Jacobson, University of California, Santa Barbara

Consumer Reeducation and Industry Rehabilitation: Seagram’s Advertising and the Muddled Meanings of Moderation after Repeal
  [Abstract]

C.4 Political Economy of Natural Resources
Sterling Six
Chair: Mary Yeager, University of California, Los Angeles
Discussant: Mary Yeager, University of California, Los Angeles
Sean Patrick Adams, University of Florida

Unanticipated Casualties: The Institutional Rebirth of Coal and Oil during the American Civil War
  [Abstract]

Kairn A. Klieman, University of Houston

U.S. Oil Companies, the Nigerian Civil War, and the Origins of Opacity in the Nigerian Oil Industry, 1964-1972
  [Abstract]

Gail D. Triner, Rutgers University

Industrializing Iron Ore: Brazil, 1920-1950
  [Abstract]

C.5 Narrative, Rhetoric, and Business History
Sterling Seven
Chair: Jocelyn Wills, City University of New York
Discussant: Josh Lauer, University of New Hampshire
Lydia Redman, University of Cambridge

Knowledge Is Power? Victorian and Edwardian Employers and the Rhetoric of Expertise
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Andrew Popp, University of Liverpool

Unshackled: Decision, Creativity, and History
  [Abstract]

Ellen Mølgaard, Copenhagen Business School

When SMEs Encounter Globalization: The Interrelation of Past, Present, and Future in the Strategic Process
  [Abstract]

C.6 Self-Mythologizing Mavens of Twentieth-Century Business: Lilly Dache, Tilly Lewis, and Mary Kay Ash
Sterling Eight
Chair: Jessica Csoma, German Historical Institute
Discussant: Terri Lonier, Columbia College Chicago
Susan Ingalls Lewis, State University of New York, New Paltz

Lilly Daché, “Milliner Deluxe”: The Self-Production and Self-Promotion of a Fashion Icon
  [Abstract]

Edith E. Sparks, University of the Pacific

Fashioning a Marketing Magnet: Tillie Lewis and the Tillie Lewis Food Company, 1950s-1970s

Katina Manko, Bard College

The Myth of Mary Kay Ash: Women, Business, and Conservative Culture

3:00—3:15 pm
Coffee Break

3:15—4:45
concurrent sessions d


D.1 Capturing Knowledge
Regency C
Chair: Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York
Discussant: Colleen Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin
Leslie Hannah, London School of Economics

Bourgeois Migration and Knowledge Transfer: Evidence from U.S. Censuses and Who’s Who in America, 1899-1938
  [Abstract]

Paul Duguid, University of California, Berkeley

Marking Knowledge

Eric S. Hintz, Smithsonian Institution

“Selling the Research Idea”: The National Research Council’s Promotion of Industrial Research, 1916-1945
  [Abstract]

D.2 Capital Markets and the State
Sterling Three
Chair: Jim Cohen, John Jay College, City University of New York
Discussant: Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School
Jim Cohen, John Jay College, City University of New York

Nationalization and Private Shareholders: Not Such Strange Bedfellows
  [Abstract]

Mary O’Sullivan, University of Geneva

Shaping America's Stock Markets: Regulation and Competition, 1933-2000
  [Abstract]

Kim Oosterlink, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and Angelo Riva, European Business School

Why Does Stock Exchange Activity Centralize? The Merger of the Parisian Exchanges in 1961
  [Abstract]

D.3 Minorities in the Knowledge Economy during the Long Civil Rights Era
Sterling Four
Chair: Susan Ingalls Lewis, State University of New York, New Paltz
Discussant: Jonathan Bean, Southern Illinois University
Robert Weems, University of Missouri

Supplementing Civil Rights: The Federal Government’s Promotion of African American Entrepreneurship during the 1960s
  [Abstract]

Will Cooley, Walsh University

Black Americans in White Collars: Instigating Change in Corporate America in the 1960s and 1970s
  [Abstract]

Benton Williams, DePaul University

Black Jelly Beans and Glass Ceilings: Employment Diversity in the 1990s
  [Abstract]

D.4 Local Appropriation and Global Standardization of Knowledge
Sterling Five
Chair: Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School
Discussant: Philip Scranton, Rutgers University
Mila Davids, Technical University of Eindhoven

Knowledge Circulation and Appropriation Activities of Unilever: The Case of Becel
  [Abstract]

Hyungsub Choi, Chemical Heritage Foundation

Circulation of Knowledge in the Second and Third Industrial Revolutions
  [Abstract]

D.5 Knowledge and Real Estate: Making Markets and Merchandise
Sterling Six
Chair: Timothy Alborn, Lehman College, City University of New York
Discussant: Timothy Alborn, Lehman College, City University of New York
Matthew Gordon Lasner, Georgia State University

“Con’do-min’i-um”: Homebuilders, Mortgage Bankers, and the National Campaign for Multifamily Homeownership in Baby Boom America
  [Abstract]

Desmond Fitz-Gibbon, University of California, Berkeley

Market Calculation and the Property Market Press in Britain, c. 1850-1920
  [Abstract]

Alexia Yates, University of Chicago

Developing Knowledge, the Knowledge of Development: Real Estate Speculators and Brokers in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

D.6 Knowing Risk
Sterling Seven
Chair: Rowena Olegario, Oxford University
Discussant: Ann Fabian, Rutgers University
Jamie L. Pietruska, Rutgers University

Forecasting Risk and the Risk of Forecasting in the American Cotton Market, 1865-1905
  [Abstract]

Dan Bouk, Colgate University

The Requirements of Risk: Contesting Race Discrimination in the American Life Insurance Industry at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
  [Abstract]

Jonathan Levy, Princeton University

George Perkins and the Corporate Reconstruction of Risk
  [Abstract]

D.7 Knowledge and Novelties: Commodities and Uncertainty in Business History
Sterling Eight
Chair: Jason Scott Smith, University of New Mexico
Discussant: Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia
Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University

Peddling American Patent Medicines in East Asia, 1860-1880
  [Abstract]

Marlis Schweitzer, York University

Selling Secrets: Agents, Telegrams, and “Insider Information” in the Transnational Trade in Theatrical Commodities
  [Abstract]

Michael Pettit, York University

The Cost of Rejuvenation: Marketing Hormones from the Age of the Flapper to the Great Depression
  [Abstract]

4:45—5:00 pm
Coffee Break

5:00—6:30 pm
concurrent sessions e


E.1 Method or Madness: Does Business History Have a Methodology?
Regency C
Co-Chairs: R. Daniel Wadhwani, University of the Pacific and Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois
Discussant: The Audience
David Kirsch, University of Maryland

Between the Humanities and Management Science: The Epistemology of Business History

JoAnne Yates, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Historical and Qualitative Methods for Studying Organizations
  [Abstract]

Matthias Kipping, York University, and R. Daniel Wadhwani, University of the Pacific

The “Holy Trinity” of the Historical Method: Source Critique, Triangulation, and the Hermeneutic Circle

Roy Suddaby, University of Alberta

The Use of Historical Methods in Organizational and Institutional Theory

E.2 Philanthropy, Sponsorship, and Corporate Social Policy
Sterling Four
Chair: Kazuo Wada, University of Tokyo
Discussant: Olivier Zunz, University of Virginia
David L. Seim, University of Wisconsin, Stout

Rockefeller Philanthropy and the Development of the Social Sciences, 1913-1933
  [Abstract]

Olga Pantelidou, National Technical University of Athens

The Citi Never Sleeps: ATMs and Corporate Social Policy in New York City during the 1970s
  [Abstract]

E.3 Co-Ops and Markets
Sterling Five
Chair: Howard Cox, Worcester University
Discussant: Lisa Jacobson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nancy K. Berlage, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Illinois Farm Bureau Cooperatives, Knowledge, and Gender
 [Abstract]

Birgit Lyngbye Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School

When Clothes Create People: The Federation of Danish Textile and Clothing Industries and the Marketing of the Danish Clothing Industry, 1955-1960
 [Abstract]

Anthony Webster, Liverpool John Moores University, John Wilson, University of Liverpool, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, University of Liverpool

The Rise, Retreat, and Renaissance of British Cooperation: The Development of the English Co-operative Wholesale Society and the Co-operative Group, 1863-2013
 [Abstract]

E.4 German Immigrants in the American Business World: 300 Years of Transatlantic Knowledge Transfer
Sterling Six
Chair: Uwe Spiekermann, German Historical Institute
Discussant: Kathleen Neils Conzen, University of Chicago
Rosalind J. Beiler, University of Central Florida

Creative Adaptations: Making Glass in Eighteenth-Century Peterstal and Wistarburg
  [Abstract]

Jeffrey Sturchio, President and CEO, Global Health Council, and Louis Galambos, The Johns Hopkins University

The German Connection: Merck and the Flow of Knowledge from Germany to the United States, 1880-1930
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Jan Logemann, German Historical Institute

European Immigrants and Commercial Design in the United States: Transnational Exchanges and Transfers in Graphic and Industrial Design, 1920-1960
  [Abstract]

E.5 Professional Knowledge
Sterling Seven
Chair: Simon Mowatt, Auckland University of Technology
Discussant: Paul J. Miranti, Rutgers University
Kelly Arehart, College of William and Mary

“To Put a Mass of Putrefying Animal Matter into a Fine Plush Casket”: The Development of Professional Knowledge among Morticians, 1880-1920
  [Abstract]

Di Yin Lu, Harvard University

Shanghai's Art Dealers and the International Market for Chinese Art, 1922-1949
  [Abstract]

Grietjie Verhoef, University of Johannesburg

The History of Accounting Education and Business Development in South Africa, 1895-1980
  [Abstract]

E.6 Transportation in St. Louis
Sterling Eight
Chair: Ray Mundy, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Discussant: Andrew Hurley, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Carlos A. Schwantes, University of Missouri, St. Louis

The Emergence of St. Louis as a Rail Hub
  [Abstract]

Thomas H. Eyssell, University of Missouri, St. Louis

St. Louis and the Automobile
  [Abstract]

Daniel L. Rust, University of Missouri, St. Louis

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Alternative W-1W: A Case Study
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

E.7 Regulation and Knowledge: Ways of Food
Sterling Three
Chair: Susan Spellman, Miami University
Discussant: Cynthia Ott, St. Louis University
Xaq Frohlich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Faux Food Fight: Regulating a New Health Food Economy in the Wake of the “Cholesterol Scare”
  [Abstract]

Jeffrey S. Austin, Florida International University

Very Dry and Flavorful: Prohibition, Wine, and the Virginia Dare Extract Company
  [Abstract]

Roger Horowitz, Hagley Museum and Library

Who Says It’s Kosher? Authority, Knowledge, and Regulation in Modern Food Production
  [Abstract]

6:30-8:30 pm
President's Reception
Kemoll's Restaurant
[featuring live music by the St. Louis Ragtimers]
Sponsored by The Winthrop Group

9:30-12 pm
Emerging Scholars Reception
Regency AB
Sponsored by the Newcomen Society and the German Historical Institute

Everyone welcome!



saturday, april 2

7:00-8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
Regency AB
Sponsor: Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC)

7:00-8:15 am
Center for Ethical Business Cultures Informational Session
Regency C

8:00 am—5:45 pm
Book Exhibit Open
Sterling Nine

8:00 am—12:00 noon
Registration
Regency Coat Room

8:30-10:00 am
concurrent sessions f


F.1 Henry Luce and Business in the Twentieth Century: A Conversation Inspired by Alan Brinkey’s The Publisher (2010)
Regency C
Chair: Pamela W. Laird, University of Colorado Denver
Discussant: Alan Brinkley, Columbia University
James L. Baughman, University of Wisconsin

Henry Luce and the Business of Journalism
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

William R. Childs, The Ohio State University

Henry Luce and Twentieth-Century Consumer Culture
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Jennifer Delton, Skidmore College

Henry Luce and the Liberal Consensus
  [Abstract]

F.2 Regulation and Knowledge: Worlds of Finance
Sterling Three
Chair: Julia Ott, The New School
Discussant: Edward Balleisen, Duke University
Rosalie Genova, Independent Scholar

No-Brainer: Thought vs. Rationality in the May 6 “Flash Crash”
  [Abstract]

Marc Levinson, Independent Scholar

When Precision Turns Dangerous: Regulation, Knowledge, and the Financial Collapse of 2008
  [Abstract]

Johan Mathew, Harvard University

Controlling Currency and Smuggling Specie in the Arabian Sea, 1873-1966
  [Abstract]

F.3 Regulatory Discontent at the Grassroots
Sterling Four
Chair: Jefferson Decker, Rutgers University
Discussant: Victoria Saker Woeste, American Bar Foundation and Indiana University, Indianapolis
Elizabeth Brake, Duke University

“To Preserve Our Farm Program”: The Struggle for Regulatory Authority in the Federal Farm Program, 1953-1962
  [Abstract]

Aaron Cavin, University of Michigan

Retreat to the Suburbs: The Regulatory State and Land Use in the 1970s
  [Abstract]

Eduardo Canedo, Princeton University

The Other Side of Consumerism: The Forgotten Roots of Economic Deregulation

F.4 Building Knowledge
Sterling Five
Chair: Donald C. Jackson, Lafayette College
Discussant: John K. Brown, University of Virginia
Elizabeth Cook, College of William and Mary

Building Culture as Competition: Demonstrating Knowledge on Construction Sites in Eighteenth-Century Virginia
  [Abstract]

John J. Rosen, University of Illinois, Chicago

Making Businessmen out of Craftsmen: Black Capitalism and the Problem of Knowledge in the Construction Industry
  [Abstract]

Jo Ann Oravec, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Canning Knowledge: Roles of Expert Systems and Knowledge-Based Engineering in Shaping the Knowledge-Based Society
  [Abstract]

F.5 Risk, Trust, and Knowledge in Global Business
Sterling Six
Chair: Patrick Fridenson, Centre de Recherches Historiques, EHESS
Discussant: Mira Wilkins, Florida International University
Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois

Multinational Corporations, Domestic Elites, and Economic Nationalism: The Latin American Oil Industry
  [Abstract]

Christina Lubinski and Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School

Trust and Risk: Beiersdorf, 1914-1990
  [Abstract]

Nick White, Liverpool John Moores University

Managing Political Risk in International Shipping: The Ocean Group in Eastern Asia and Western Africa, 1950s to 1980s
  [Abstract]

F.6 Business Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century
Sterling Seven
Chair: John Smail, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Discussant: David Hancock, University of Michigan
Pierre Gervais, University of Paris VIII, Saint-Denis

What a Merchant “Ought to Know”: Account Book Structure and Business Information in the Eighteenth Century
  [Abstract]

Kim Todt, Cornell University

“A Companion for My Travels”: The Use of Vade Mecums by Early American Merchants
  [Abstract]

Werner Scheltjens, University of Groningen

The Changing Geography of Demand for Dutch Maritime Transport in the Eighteenth Century
  [Abstract]

F.7 Designing Knowledge
Sterling Eight
Chair: Sally Clarke, University of Texas, Austin
Discussant: John Harwood, Oberlin College
Adam Arenson, University of Texas, El Paso

Marketing Banks by Telling History: Howard Ahmanson, Millard Sheets, and the Art and Architecture of Home Savings Banks
  [Abstract]

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, University of Wisconsin

Designing for Change: New Management Theory and the Open Plan Office
  [Abstract]

Karsten Uhl, Darmstadt University of Technology

Creating Lebensraum at the Factory: Plant Design and the Human Factor of Production in Early Twentieth-Century Germany
  [Abstract]

10:00—10:30 am
Coffee Break

10:30 am—12:00 noon
concurrent sessions g


G.1 Innovation and Standardization
Regency C
Chair: Jonathan Coopersmith, Texas A&M University
Discussant: Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University
John K. Brown, University of Virginia

Not the Eads Bridge: Assessing a Counterfactual History in St. Louis
  [Abstract]

Gerben Bakker, London School of Economics

From the Phonograph to the Internet: Standards in Software/Hardware Systems, 1873-2000
  [Abstract]

Hiroshi Shimizu and Satoshi Kudo, Hitotsubashi University

How Well Does Knowledge Travel? The Transition from Energy to Commercial Application of Laser Diode Fabrication Technology
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

G.2 Financial Crises
Sterling Three
Chair: Joseph Martin, University of Toronto
Discussant: Eric Hilt, Wellesley College
Rebekah Mergenthal, Pacific Lutheran University

“Our Worst Enemies, the Merchants”: The Panic of 1819 on the Missouri Frontier
  [Abstract]

Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School

Making Sense of Financial Crisis and Scandal: A Danish Bank Failure in the Era of Finance Capitalism
  [Abstract]

Joseph Arena, The Ohio State University

Walter Wriston, New York’s Fiscal Crisis, and the Contradictions of Neoliberalism

G.3 Regulation and Knowledge: Private Regulations, Trade Associations, and Monopoly
Sterling Four
Chair: David A. Hounshell, Carnegie Mellon University
Discussant: David A. Hounshell, Carnegie Mellon University
Benjamin Schwantes, Morgan State University

Knowledge Generation, Managerial Reform, and Self-Regulation in the Nineteenth-Century American Railroad Industry
  [Abstract]

Laura D. Phillips, University of Virginia

The Economics and Ideology of American Fair Trade: Louis Brandeis and Open Price Associations, 1911-1919
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Margaret B. W. Graham, McGill University

The Unintended and Enduring Consequences of Antitrust Enforcement on Knowledge-Dependent Companies, 1938-1982
  [Abstract]

G.4 The Business of Bodies
Sterling Five
Chair: Susan Yohn, Hofstra University
Discussant: Michael Haupert, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Nate Holdren, University of Minnesota

Screening for “Impaired Risks”: Risk, Medical Examinations, and Hiring at the Pullman Company in the Early Twentieth Century
  [Abstract]

Sarah Rose, University of Texas, Arlington, and Joshua Salzmann, University of Illinois, Chicago

Bionic Ballplayers: The Contractual Construction of Fitness in Major League Baseball, 1963-2004
  [Abstract]

Marc Stern, Bentley University

Real or Rogue Charity? Private Health Clubs vs. the YMCA, 1970-2010
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

G.5 Smaller Enterprises in Global and Regional Economies
Sterling Six
Chair: Walter Friedman, Harvard Business School
Discussant: Andrew Popp, University of Liverpool
Uttam Bajwa, The Johns Hopkins University

Small Enterprise and the Transfer of Knowledge in Early Economic Development: Argentina, 1900-1904
  [Abstract]

Jeffrey Fear, University of Redlands

Globalization from a “22mm Diameter Cylinder Perspective”: How Mittelstand Became “Pocket Multinationals”
  [Abstract]

Cinzia Lorandini, University of Trento

The Financing of SMEs and the Role of Knowledge: Some Evidence from Trentino-South Tyrol, 1950s-1990s
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

G.6 Patenting Knowledge
Sterling Seven
Chair: Anna Spadavecchia, University of Reading
Discussant: Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University
Tom Nicholas, Harvard Business School

Hybrid Innovation in Meiji Japan

Shigehiro Nishimura, Kansai University

International Patent Control and Transfer of Knowledge: The United States and Japan before World War II
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Ross Thomson, University of Vermont

Did the Telegraph Lead Electrification? Industry and Science in American Innovation
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

12:00 noon—1:30 pm
Women in Business History Lunch
Mills 3

12:00 noon—1:30 pm
Lunch
Regency AB

1:30—3:00 pm
Krooss Dissertation Prize Plenary Session
Regency C
Chair: Sally Clarke, University of Texas, Austin
Discussant: The Audience
Dan Bouk, Colgate University
(Ph.D., Princeton University 2009)

The Science of Difference: Developing Tools for Discrimination in the American Life Insurance Industry, 1830-1930
  [Abstract]

Philip M. Glende, North Central College
(Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison 2010)

Labor Makes the News: Newspapers, Journalism, and Organized Labor, 1933-1955
  [Abstract]

Eric S. Hintz, Lemelson Center, Smithsonian Institution
(Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 2010)

The Post-Heroic Generation: American Independent Inventors, 1900-1950
  [Abstract]

Kara W. Swanson, Northeastern University
(Ph.D., Harvard University 2009)

Body Banks: A History of Milk Banks, Blood Banks, and Sperm Banks in the United States
  [Abstract]

3:00—3:30
Coffee Break

3:30—5:30 pm
concurrent sessions h


H.1 Conceptualizing Projects as Business History
Regency C
Chair: Mark H. Rose, Florida Atlantic University
Discussant: Christopher Kobrak, ESCP Europe
Michele Alacevich, Harvard University

Learning from Experience: The Diverging Views of Albert Hirschman and the World Bank on the Birth of Project Appraisal
  [Abstract]

Martin Collins, Smithsonian Institution

Translating the Cold War Project to the Corporation: Motorola, Satellite Telephony, and the Global 1990s
  [Abstract]

Rachel Maines, Cornell University

Engineering Standards as Collaborative Projects: Asbestos in the Table of Clearances
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Philip Scranton, Rutgers University

Projects as Business History: Surveying the Landscape
  [Abstract]

H.2 Banking Development
Sterling Three
Chair: Daniel Levinson Wilk, Fashion Institute of Technology
Discussant: Larry Neal, University of Illinois
Marcus Anthony Allen, Morgan State University

Banking and Business in the Black Community in the 1930s
  [Abstract]

Dror Goldberg, Bar Ilan University

The Rise and Fall of America’s First Bank
  [Abstract]

R. Daniel Wadhwani, University of the Pacific

Institutional Lending and Mortgaged Homeownership in the United States, 1880-1929
  [Abstract]

H.3 Organized Business, Political Economy, and Knowledge
Sterling Four
Chair: William H. Becker, George Washington University
Discussant: William H. Becker, George Washington University
Benjamin C. Waterhouse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Reviving the Voice of Business: Employers’ Associations in Economic Crisis, 1970-1975
  [Abstract]

Carina C. Spaulding, University of Manchester

“Look for the Proud Lady”: The Business of Keeping Consumers Informed in the Black Beauty Industry
  [Abstract]

Susan M. Gauss, University at Albany, SUNY

Business Chambers and the Intellectual Foundations of Statist Industrialism in Mid-Twentieth-Century Mexico
  [Abstract]

Cory Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago

Building the “Business Congress”: Local Commercial Organizations and the Origin of the National Board of Trade, 1840-1868
  [Abstract]

H.4 Foreign Investments
Sterling Five
Chair: Andrea Lluch, National Research Council of Argentina
Discussant: H. V. Nelles, McMaster University
Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois, and Xavier Duran, Universidad de Los Andes

Who Pays the Price of Oil and Why? The Case of Standard Oil in Colombia
  [Abstract]

Duncan Ross, University of Glasgow

Spreading Knowledge: FDI Attraction Policy in Post-War Scotland
  [Abstract]

M. Stephen Salmon, Library and Archives Canada

“Transacting a Successful Business”: Knowledge, Informal Empire, and Canadian Life Insurance Companies in China, 1892-1941

H.5 Business and Higher Education
Sterling Six
Chair: Matthias Kipping, York University
Discussant: George David Smith, New York University
Stephen B. Adams, Salisbury University

Their Minds Will Follow: Big Business and California Higher Education, 1954-1960
  [Abstract]     [Paper]

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, University of Cambridge and Loyola University of Chicago

“A Seed of Economic Progress—A Valid Capital Investment”: The Corporate Transformation of Higher Education and American Manufacturing
  [Abstract]

Kenneth C. Kimura, Harvard University

The Institutional Origins of Executive Education at the Harvard, Stanford, and University of Chicago Schools of Business from 1940 to 1955
  [Abstract]

Kimmo Alajoutsijärvi, University of Oulu, Kerttu Kettunen, University of Oulu, and Henrikki Tikkanen, Aalto University School of Economics

The Institutional Evolution of Business Schools in Finland, 1909-2009
  [Abstract]

H.6 Marketing Knowledge and the Growth of Industries
Sterling Seven
Chair: Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School
Discussant: Paul Duguid, University of California, Berkeley
Lucy Newton, University of Reading, and Fransesca Carnevali, University of Birmingham

Pianos for the People: Knowledge in Piano Production and Marketing, 1851-1914

Howard Cox, Worcester University, and Simon Mowatt, Auckland University of Technology

Authenticity and Customer Knowledge in Fashion-Based Periodicals: Condé Nast, Inc., and the Development of a Class-Based Strategy in the British Magazine Market between the Wars
  [Abstract]

Francesca Polese and Elisabetta Merlo, University of Bocconi

From Commodities to Brands? Trademarks in the History of Milan’s Fashion-Related Industry, 1869-1914
  [Abstract]

Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York

Marketing Knowledge and British Global Competitiveness in Consumer Goods

H.7 Publishing Knowledge
Sterling Eight
This session is sponsored by the St. Louis Business Journal.
Chair: Rosalind Remer, Remer & Talbott
Discussant: Jessica Lepler, University of New Hampshire
Steven Carl Smith, University of Missouri

“Elements of Useful Knowledge”: Evert Duyckinck and the Publishing Industry in New York City, 1794-1833
  [Abstract]

Caitlin Rosenthal, Harvard University

Slavery, Common Schools, and Counting Houses: Knowledge of Accounts in Antebellum America
  [Abstract]

Atiba Pertilla, New York University

Writing Wall Street: Journalists and the Circulation of Knowledge within and beyond New York’s Financial District, 1893-1914
  [Abstract]

Daniel Raff, The Wharton School and NBER

Wholesale History: The Book Trade in the Twentieth-Century United States
  [Abstract]

5:30—6:15 pm
Book Auction Sterling 9

5:45 pm
Auction period ends ("time" will be called) in order to allow processing of payments before the Presidential Address.


6:15—7:00 pm
Presidential Address
Regency C
Richard R. John, Columbia University

Robber Barons Redux: Antimonopoly Reconsidered


6:30—8:30 pm
Reception
Regency C Foyer
Sponsored by Dr. H. Peers Brewer and Mrs. Carolyn E. Brewer

8:00—10:00 pm
Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Regency AB