Teaching economic and business history in the 21st century

  • Date: 31 Jan 2013
  • Location/venue: Stirling Room, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow , Scotland, G3 7DN

The Higher Education Academy Discipline Workshop and Seminar Series

 

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum to consider the extent to which economic and business history modules can be used to enhance the teaching and learning experience of undergraduates studying in UK business schools as well as that of their counterparts reading history in arts and humanities or social sciences departments.

The global economic crisis has provided a space for specialists in economic and business history to reengage with current debates but, unlike in the US where many business schools include at least some historical discussion in the study of business in their curriculum and research, in the UK it still tends to be under-represented. The aim of this workshop* and a related special issue of the International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy is to provide a forum to consider the extent to which economic and business history modules can be used to enhance the teaching and learning experience of undergraduates studying in UK business schools as well as that of their counterparts reading history in arts and humanities or social sciences departments. The workshop will open with a presentation by Prof. Mike Haynes of the University of Wolverhampton Business School who will introduce the theme of the workshop. He will be followed by Dr. Eileen O’Brien, the Glasgow City Archivist, who will talk about primary sources which can be used to support economic and business history teaching. Dr. Richard Hawkins will then give a presentation on the wealth of online digitised primary sources to support teaching. After lunch Dr. Cary McMahon will explore how cloth can used in teaching and learning to gain powerful new insights into economic and business history. Dr. Carlo Morelli will then explore institutions and history in understanding business. He will be followed by Prof. Geoff Timmins who will consider the importance of promoting the quantitative literacy of undergraduate economic and business historians. Kiara King will then talk about the Scottish Business Archive collections and how they can be used for research and teaching.

Programme:

10:30 - 10:40 Registration, Coffee

10:40 - 10:45 Welcome: Dr. Peter D’Sena (History Discipline Lead, Higher Education Academy)

10:45 - 11:15 Who Needs Economic and Business History? (Prof. Michael Haynes, University of Wolverhampton

11:15 - 11:45 Primary Sources for Economic and Business History (Dr. Irene O’Brien, Glasgow City Archivist)

11:45 - 12:15 Online Digitised Primary Sources for Economic and Business History (Dr. Richard Hawkins, University of Wolverhampton)

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch & Networking

1:15 - 1:45 Using Cloth to Teach Economic and Business History (Dr. Cary McMahon, University of Leeds)

1:45 - 2:15 Institutions and History in Understanding Business (Dr. Carlo Morelli, University of Dundee)

2:15 - 2:45 Active Learning and Quantitative Methods in Economic and Business History (Prof. Geoff Timmins, University of Central Lancashire)

2:45 - 3:15 The Scottish Business Archive: Understanding Business Collections (Kiara King, University of Glasgow)

3.15-3.20 Closing Remarks by Dr. Kimm Curran, Chair History Lab+

 

 

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