Business history and the historiographical operation

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Title: Business history and the historiographical operation
Author: Taylor, Scott
Bell, Emma
Cooke, Bill
Citation: Management & Organizational History, Vol. 4, No. 2, 151-166 (2009)
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Management & Organizational History
Date Issued: 2009
DOI: 10.1177/1744935909102906
Abstract: In this article we explore the implications of the epistemological position taken by writers of business history through a critical hermeneutic reading of recent key statements within this field. Using the theoretical lens provided by Ricoeur in Memory, History, Forgetting, we concentrate on the potentially reflexive nature of the historiographical operation that is involved in transforming memory into history. We argue that there is little sign of reflexive historiography within business history and suggest that this reluctance goes some way towards explaining the sub-discipline's relative isolation from the rest of organization and management studies.
Type: Article
Description: Authors' draft
Keywords: business historyepistemologyhistoriographyRicoeurreflexivity
ISSN: 17449359

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