CfP ABH 2012: DECISION-MAKING AND DECISION-MAKERS (July 67, 2012)
Business history has frequently focused on the role of strategy and decision-makers, and its long-term impact on the organisation and its wider environment, both nationally or internationally. Conversely, the potential to make decisions is often limited, and constrained by economic, political and social factors, while recent shocks to the economy have been seen as politicians and business leaders taking the wrong strategic decisions when trying to manage risks.
Themes for the conference may include, but are not limited to:
Decision-makers in business, politics and regional economies
Risk management and economic crises
Strategic decisions such as outsourcing, offshoring and downsizing
Market entry and product development decisions
Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial managers
Leadership and the ethics of decision-making
Regulation and compliance
Trends, fashions and the passing of generations
Intermediaries of decision-making: financial markets, management consultants, accountants, lawyers and other professions
Business schools: education for judgement?
Making decision in networks and clusters
Strategy, structure and the decision-making functions
Intercultural differences in decision-making
As is traditional, the organizer also welcomes papers on any topic related to business history, even where it does not focus on the conference theme, and on any time period or country.
Proposals are welcome for either individual papers or entire sessions (normally of one-and-a-half hours). Each paper proposal should include a short (one-page) abstract, a list of 3 to 5 keywords and a brief CV. Proposals for sessions should also include a cover letter containing a session title and a brief description of or rationale for the proposed sessions. If you have any questions, please contact the local organiser Stephanie Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission is 31st January 2012. Please send proposals electronically to email@example.com.
Dr Stephanie Decker
Aston Business School
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
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