ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BUSINESS HISTORY CONFERENCE
MARCH 10-12, 2000
To celebrate the launching of its new journal, Enterprise & Society: The
International Journal of Business History, the Business History Conference
will organize its next meeting around the theme "Enterprise in Society."
This conference will meet from March 10 to 12, 2000, in Palo Alto,
California. The conference host is The Prologue Group.
We invite proposals for papers that explicitly situate business enterprises
within larger social, cultural, and political contexts. Papers might
explore, for example, how these contexts shape decisions by business men
and women, influence entrepreneurs' organization of their enterprises, and
even affect business leaders' goals for their firms. Papers also could
explore how these larger systems channel information flows within and among
business enterprises and between businesses and the environment in which
they operate. Submissions on topics outside this theme also are welcome.
Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or for entire panels. All
proposals should include one page abstracts and one page CVs or resumes for
all participants. Panel proposals also should have a cover letter
containing a title, a one paragraph panel description, suggestions for a
chair and commentator, and contact information for the panel organizer.
In addition to submitting regular paper proposals, graduate students in the
process of writing their dissertations may apply for inclusion in a special
works-in-progress session. Interested students should submit a one page
abstract of their project and a one page CV. All graduate student
presenters (except for previous grant recipients) are eligible for a
Newcomen Travel Grant.
Some of the papers presented at the conference will be selected for
inclusion in the annual proceedings issue of Enterprise & Society. The best
conference paper published in this journal will receive the Newcomen Prize
The deadline for submission is October 15, 1999. Please send five copies to Roger Horowitz at the address below.
Dissertations completed in the previous three years (1997-1999) are
eligible for the conference's dissertation session. Proposals are welcome
from Ph. D recipients in history, economics, history of technology and
other fields whose work is on business history, broadly defined. Completed
dissertations should be sent by October 15, 1999 to Dr. Kenneth Lipartito.
The Program Committee consists of Colleen Dunlavy (chair), Glenn Bugos, and
Regina Blaszczyk. Naomi Lamoreaux (BHC president-elect) and Roger Horowitz
treasurer) are ex officio members. Address questions about the program to
Colleen Dunlavy by email (dunlavy@alum.MIT.edu) or by phone (until June 24,
 750-6031; after July 2,  257-4206).
Acceptance letters will be sent by 30 November. Presenters are expected to
submit abstracts of their papers in electronic form for posting on the BHC
website. Authors also are encouraged to post electronic versions of their
full papers in advance of the March meeting.
Business History Conference
P.O. Box 3630
Wilmington DE 19807
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