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Business history and the historiographical operation

Taylor, S and Bell, E and Cooke, B (2009) Business history and the historiographical operation. Management and Organizational History, 4 (2). pp. 151-166. ISSN 1744-9359

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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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Management and Organizational History
Uncontrolled Keywords: business history ; epistemology ; historiography ; Ricoeur ; reflexivity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 45441
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 15:46
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45441

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