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Business history and the historiographical operation

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  • S Taylor
  • E Bell
  • B Cooke
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Management and Organizational History
Issue number2
Volume4
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)151-166
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

In this article we explore the implications of the epistemological position taken by writers of business history through a critical hermeneutic reading of recent key statements within this field. Using the theoretical lens provided by Ricoeur in Memory, History, Forgetting, we concentrate on the potentially reflexive nature of the historiographical operation that is involved in transforming memory into history. We argue that there is little sign of reflexive historiography within business history and suggest that this reluctance goes some way towards explaining the sub-discipline's relative isolation from the rest of organization and management studies.