Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of the course, students will:

- Understand how the historical method can be applied to the study of diverse topics in business & management research

- Understand the development of management & organizational history as a special field of economic and business history

- Understand how central concepts in strategy, management & organizational studies, marketing and other key business disciplines (e.g. dynamic capabilities, market orientation, the notion of international business etc.) have evolved and how they have been applied in longitudinal/historical research.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.03.2022 - 10.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Henrikki Tikkanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


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    Readings Assignment

    This readings package consists of articles/book chapters listed below.

    In addition to reading the article package assigned to the course, the students are expected to write QAQC-analyses of each of the mandatory articles. Please write succinctly, preferably no more than half a page per article. The maximum length of the readings assignment is thus ca. 15-20 pages (Times New Roman, size 12, 1,5-spaced).

    QAQC analysis consists of the following steps:

    • Quote: Select a quote from the paper that summarizes the study, using the words of the author(s).

    • Argument: Summarize the main argument of the paper in your own words. No more than a few sentences.

    • Question: Pose a question that you would like to discuss in the classroom.

    • Connection: Describe how the focal article relates to other articles in the same session. No more than a few sentences.

    Learning Diary

    What is more, students are expected to complete an independent learning diary (can be collated to a single document with the above-mentioned literature analysis). The learning diary should reflect both the overall learning experience from the literature. The maximum length of the learning diary is 10 pages (Times New Roman, size 12, 1,5-spaced).

    Guidance on writing a learning diary – some questions to consider

    (1) What did you learn? What was new? Was there something that changed your views? Why? Which themes resonated with you?

    (2) What did you not understand? Which ideas did you resist? Why? What are you still puzzled about?

    (3) What is likely to be relevant in your own future research? How can you apply the knowledge and skills developed on the course in the short, medium and long term?


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Argyres, N.S., De Massis, A., Foss, N. J., Frattini, F., Jones, G., Silverman, B.S. 2020. History‐informed strategy research: The promise of history and historical research methods in advancing strategy scholarship. Strategic Management Journal, 41.

    Booth C, Rowlinson M. 2006. Management and Organizational History: Prospects. Management & Organizational History, 1: 5–30.

    Bucheli M, Wadhwani RD, eds. 2014. Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford. CHAPTERS 11-13 (Sources and Methods).

    Burgelman RA. 2011. Bridging history and reductionism: A key role for longitudinal qualitative research. Journal of International Business Studies, 42: 591–601.

    Decker S, Kipping M, Wadhwani RD. 2015. New business histories! Plurality in business history research methods. Business History, 57: 30-40.

    de Jong A, Higgins DH, van Driel H.2015. Towards a new business history? Business History, 57: 5-29.

    Gill MJ, Gill DJ, Roulet TJ. 2018. Constructing trustworthy historical narratives: Criteria, principles and techniques. British Journal of Management, 29: 191–205.

    Godfrey PC, Hassard J, O’Connor ES, Rowlinson M, Ruef M. 2016. What is organizational history? Toward a synthesis of history and organization studies. Academy of Management Review, 41: 590-60

    Hansen PE. 2012. Business History: A Cultural and Narrative Approach. Business History Review, 86: 693-717.

    Hoskisson RE, Hitt MA, Wan WP, Yiu D. 1999. Theory and research in strategic management: Swings of a pendulum. Journal of Management, 25: 417-456.

    Jacobides MG. 2007. The inherent limits of organizational structure and the unfulfilled role of hierarchy: Lessons from a near-war. Organization Science, 18: 455-477.

    Kieser A. 1994. Why organizational theory needs historical analyses – and how this should be performed. Organization Science, 5: 608–20.

    Kieser A. 2015. ”Twenty years after. Why organization theory needs historical analysis. ” In The Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History, 47–48, ed. by PG Mclaren, AJ Mills, TG Weatherbee. Routledge: London.

    Kipping H, Üsdiken B. 2014. History in organization and management theory: More than meets the eye. The Academy of Management Annals, 8: 535-588.

    Lamberg JA, Tikkanen H, Nokelainen T, Suur-Inkeroinen H. 2009. Competitive dynamics, strategic consistency, and organizational survival. Strategic Management Journal, 30: 45-60.

    Lamberg JA, Peltoniemi, M. 2020. The Nanoeconomics of Firm‐Level Decision‐Making and Industry Evolution: Evidence from 200 Years of Paper and Pulp Making. Strategic Management Journal, 41: 499-529.

    Lamoreaux NR, Raff DMG, Temin P. 2008. Economic Theory and Business History, in The Oxford Handbook of Business History ed. by Geoffrey G. Jones and Jonathan Zeitlin. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

    Maclean M, Harvey C, Clegg SR. 2016. Conceptualizing historical organization studies. Academy of Management Review, 41: 609-632.

    Maclean M, Harvey C, Clegg SR. 2017. Organization theory in Business and Management History: Current status and future prospects. Business History Review, 91: 457-481.

    Ojala J, Eloranta J, Ojala A, Valtonen H. 2017. Let the best story win. Evaluation of the most cited business history articles. Management & Organizational History, 12: 305-333.

    Perchard A, MacKenzie NG, Decker S, Favero G. 2017. Clio in the business school: Historical approaches in strategy, international business and entrepreneurship. Business History, 59: 904–27.

    Rowlinson M. 2004. Historical perspectives in organization studies: Factual, narrative, and archeo-genealogical. In Management Knowledge and the New Employee, ed. by DE Hodgson and C Carter, 8–20. Ashgate Publishing: Burlington, VT.

    Rowlinson M. 2013. Management & organizational history: The continuing historic turn. Management & Organizational History, 8: 327-328.

    Rowlinson M, Hassard J, Decker S. 2014. Research strategies for organizational history: A dialogue between historical theory and organization theory. Academy of Management Review, 39: 250-274.

    Tadajewski M, Jones DGB. 2014. Historical research in marketing theory and practice: a review essay. Journal of Marketing Management, 30: 1239-1291.

    Vaara E, Lamberg JA. 2016. Taking historical embeddedness seriously: Three historical approaches to advance strategy process and practice research. Academy of Management Review, 41: 633–57.

    Weatherbee TG. 2012. Caution! This historiography makes wide turns: Historic turns and breaks in management and organization studies. Management & Organizational History, 7: 203–218.

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