Centre for Business History in Scotland to host the 2010 European Business History Association conference

Issued: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:41:00 BST

The Council of the European Business History Association (EBHA) has announced that it will hold its 2010 annual conference in the United Kingdom for the first time, and it will be hosted by the Centre for Business History in Scotland at the University of Glasgow.

The EBHA, dedicated to fostering a network of researchers in business history in Europe, was founded in 1996 with considerable support from the Centre for Business History, and the largest single group of members is from the UK. It is fitting, therefore, that Glasgow should be the venue for its first annual meeting outside of continental Europe.

The theme of the conference will be: Business Beyond the Firm.

While it is not unusual for business people to move from firm to firm, they also routinely move into - or sometimes create - organisations located outside the business world: ones linked to politics, government, education, philanthropy and other pursuits. Movement in the opposite direction is also possible, while those involved exclusively in organisations beyond the firm are often characterised as "entrepreneurial".Increasingly over time, organisations beyond the firm seek to learn and to deploy business methods and practices, frequently hiring management consultants to advise them.

As its main theme, this conference will explore the interrelationships between business practice, the firm and the entrepreneur on the one hand and the actors, organisations and institutions of the broader social and political environment on the other.


Issued: 28 August 2008