Historical Methods Bootcamp
This training boot-camp has been organised by the Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity Pathway but is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded PhD students and is not limited to the SMP Pathway. If you think that this topic would be of interest to you in your research, please book a place to attend.
The purpose of the bootcamp is to give students an intensive and thorough grounding in historical methods, in particular as they apply to the history of business and management, economic history, and the increasing interest in historical methods with the field of Management and Organization Studies (MOS), though the generic skills are relevant to all fields.
The two day workshop will be a mixture of academic and practice based sessions, and is aimed at the following students who might have an interest in history:
- Those who might wish to incorporate historical research methods within their PhD project (including current Masters students)
- Those who want to write a “Chapter 2” historical review of their own field and want to gain insight into historical methods to facilitate that.
- Students who want to get to know more about business and management history, and the role of history in MOS.
- Students who wish to gain a better understanding of historical methods for the purposes of a better understanding of historically based academic texts.
The bootcamp has been designed to take students through the process of undertaking a historical research project. The sessions will be delivered by Dr Simon Mollan (Director of the SMP Pathway in the White Rose, as well as Dr Emily Buchnea (Northumbria), Dr Kevin Tennent (York), and Professor Leo McCann (York), all of whom have published extensively using historical research methods.
Since 2013 I have been Head of the International Business, Strategy, and Management Group. I have taught modules in international business and strategic management for both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as research methods modules to research postgraduates.
I am a business/management historian by training, and I undertake research across disciplinary boundaries. My research interests include international development, international management and organizational strategy, financialization and the social studies of finance, imperialism, organisational modelling and complexity, business/management history, international business theory, and research methods. All of my work is informed by heterodox problematization and methodological pragmatism. I'm currently working on the following empirical research projects:
- British international mining firms, 1900-1980
- Interlocking directorates in banking and mining, 1890-present
- The management history of health and safety
Joining York in September 2018, he previously worked at the University of Manchester and at Cardiff University. His academic background is in the disciplines of sociology and history. His teaching and research is interdisciplinary in nature, exploring the complexities and contradictions of management, work, and globalization through qualitative inquiry in contemporary and historical contexts.
Professor McCann’s research and teaching interests range over the following areas: work and employment; globalization and social change; and management history. His research is usually based on qualitative, ethnographic investigation and writing, often exploring the everyday struggles and rewards of professional working life across many occupations. He is particularly interested in the organizational conflicts that often arise between professional discretion versus centralized control and measurement. His recent work has focused in particular on white-collar and uniformed professionals, and he is currently working on a new book on the sociology of work of NHS ambulance paramedics, to be published by Oxford University Press.
At the end of the workshop students will:
- Have developed a critical appreciation of historical research methods
- Have considered the applicability of historical research to their own PhD topic
- Developed skills in sources and source criticism
- Have considered the implications of theory in historical research
- Been introduced to the ethics and practice of archive research
- Developed a critical understanding of the role that history can play in other disciplinary areas, including interdisciplinary interactions
- Developed skills research design
This course is suitable for All Years, but might especially appeal to first and second year PhD students, as well as Masters students who might be thinking of using historical methods in a future PhD project
There are 30 places available on this training boot-camp
PLEASE NOTE students are responsible for arranging transport to and from Pathway Training events. The WRDTP cannot reimburse students for any travel or subsistence costs incurred by attending this event.
Monday 9th December
- 9.30am - 10.00am
- Coffee and registration
- 10.00am - 10.30am
- Welcome and Introduction
- 10.30am - 11.15am
- What is History?
- Different meanings of history; Varieties of history; Types of historical questions/problems/topics
- 11.15am - 11.30am
- 11.30am - 1.00pm
- Historical Methods: Sources and source criticism
- 1.00pm - 2.00pm
- 2.00pm - 3.15pm
- History, Theory and Historiography: what kinds of contributions do historians make?
- 3.15pm - 3.30pm
- 3.30pm - 5.00pm
- Historical Practice: the historian in the business school
- Dr Emily Buchnea, Northumbria University
Tuesday 10th December
- 9.30am - 10.30am
- Designing a historical research project
- 10.30am - 11.00am
- 11.00am - 12.30pm
- Archives and historical research
- Dr Kevin Tennant
- 12.30pm - 1.30pm
- 1.30pm - 3.30pm
- Historical practice: interdisciplinary historical research
- Professor Leo McCann
- 3.30pm - 4.00pm
- 4.00pm - 5.00pm
- History in your PhD project
- Open discussion