A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
Strategy and business history rejoined : How and why strategic management concepts took over business history (2022)

Lamberg, J.-A., Ojala, J., & Gustafsson, J.-P. (2022). Strategy and business history rejoined : How and why strategic management concepts took over business history. Business History, 64(6), 1011-1039. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1856076

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All authors or editors: Lamberg, Juha-Antti; Ojala, Jari; Gustafsson, Jan-Peter

Journal or series: Business History

ISSN: 0007-6791

eISSN: 1743-7938

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 64

Issue number: 6

Pages range: 1011-1039

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1856076

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73902


Scholars at the intersection of business history and strategic management have argued for the relevance and importance of historical methods in the study of strategic management of organizations. We flip this argument and ask about the role of strategic management concepts in the study of business history. We analyze volumes of Business History and Business History Review and a representative sample of business history books using a comprehensive set of keywords, each related to a specific sub-discourse in strategic management. Our results show that as scientific communities, business history and strategic management have become increasingly similar in their conceptual overlap. This study contributes further nuance to the understanding of intellectual change across scientific communities, and the role of business history in the rise of management and organizational history.

Keywords: historical research; economic history; leadership (activity); strategic leadership; corporate strategies; research methods; research history; methodology; concept analysis; scientific communities; sociolinguistics

Free keywords: Business history; strategic management; scientific communities; sociolinguistic analysis; management history

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Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2

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