AAHANZBS 11th Annual Conference

Institutions and Change

7 - 8 November 2019

The 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) will be held on 7-8 November 2019. The event will be hosted by the Business and Labour History Group of the New Zealand Work Research Institute (AUT University).

There will also be a conference dinner on Thursday 7 November at 6pm at Four Seasons (tickets sold separately).

Register for the conference $175

Register for the dinner $65

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Singleton

Pike River and the Limits to Institutional Change: Could it Happen Again?

The Pike River mining disaster of 2010, like the Hillsborough stadium disaster of 1989, continues to be a highly emotive topic. Academic business historians, however, are expected to investigate disasters dispassionately. In earlier work with James Reveley, I explored the mock bureaucratic aspects of the Pike River, showing how lip-service was given to the drafting and implementation of safety plans. The current lecture views Pike River through a wider lens, drawing upon the work of, for example, Barry Turner on man-made disasters, Karl Weick on sensemaking, and my own on the disaster management cycle. Previous disasters in mining and other industries are examined in order to demonstrate how little has been learned, or rather how much has been forgotten, about the avoidance of disasters in high-risk sectors. Organisations and the individuals within them often have short memories and find it difficult to imagine everything that might go wrong. Industries and regulators may commit to change, and to the strengthening of safety institutions, but other goals tend to crowd out safety as recollection of the most recent disaster fades.

About the speaker

John Singleton is a Professor of Economic and Business History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has a PhD from Lancaster University. Before moving to Sheffield in 2010, he was based in the School of Economics and Finance at Victoria University of Wellington, and whilst there was the lead author of Innovation and Independence: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand 1973-2002 (Auckland UP 2006). His most recent book is Economic and Natural Disasters since 1900 (Elgar 2016). John's current research focuses on the history of mine safety and rescue, as well as financial history.


Extended to September 15

You are invited to submit papers addressing the conference theme, including papers relating to accounting history, business history, economic history, labour history, management history, marketing history, tourism history, transport history and other areas relating to historical research in business schools.

For this 2019 Conference, we also welcome papers for sessions focused on:

  • Historical research in gender and diversity that aims to give voice to marginalised groups (e.g. indigenous groups, gender-specific groups, migrants, refugees, disability groups) and contexts (e..g sport, not-for-profit, hospitality) in business and labour history.
  • The intersections between business and design, including histories relating to the creation and internationalisation of institutions and markets for cultural goods, artists and designers as entrepreneurs, the role of setting and architecture, and corporate art collections and the business of art design.

We also invite papers/panel suggestions around teaching and pedagogy relating to business and labour history.

We welcome papers from researchers outside business schools who have an interest in these fields of study.

Both abstracts and full papers may be submitted for review. Abstracts will be published, and full papers delivered at the conference will potentially be reviewed for possible inclusion in journal special issues (details TBC).

Papers should follow the Labour History style guide.
Abstracts should provide: 
(i) A summary of the argument of the paper
(ii) A summary of the findings of the paper
(iii) A selected list of references for the paper

Please submit either a 1,000 word abstract of a 6,000 word (maximum) paper for refereeing by 15 September 2019 to Simon Mowatt (simon.mowatt@aut.ac.nz).

All authors will be notified by 1 October 2019 whether their abstracts or papers have been accepted for the conference. Registration and other details will be circulated shortly.


AUT Business School
New Zealand