MHRG Annual Workshop 2018

“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man(ager) skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end …” – with apologies to Robert Fitzgerald’s 1961 translation of the Odyssey.

This year’s MHRG workshop will be held on July 12th and 13th at Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket in Edinburgh. (Due to a double-booking we have had to relocate from the original venue, which was at the Scottish Storytelling Centre). Riddle’s Court is a historic venue in its own right – built in the 1590s as a merchant’s house it has served a number of purposes over the years. It has played host to Kings, was the place where David Hume wrote his history of England, and was used as university halls by Patrick Geddes who was a pioneer in the fields of education, conservation, town planning and social science.

You can follow this link for a preview of the venue and its new use as an arts and education space.

Registration for the 2018 workshop is now closed.

We have kept the call for papers for this year’s workshop very simple. Bring us your historical tales of management, those of the triumph of the manager skilled in all ways of contending, and (perhaps more interesting) those who the gods pitied in their fruitless toils. There is no theme to the workshop but there is a need to frame your historical tales of management in terms of significance to current understanding of management, challenges to existing historiographies, theory, or methodological approaches. We are particularly interested in seeing more feminist and post- and de-colonial analyses presented, as well as management history from outside of the UK context. PhD and early-career researchers are also very welcome.

There are two main types of submission:

1) Full Papers of around 4,000-8,000 words, excluding references. These papers will be circulated in advance to the participants at the workshop and will be allocated longer slots in the schedule.

2) Developmental Papers/Presentations. Please submit an abstract of c.250 words, excluding references.

We also welcome expressions of interest to organize sessions around specific topics; roundtables; debates; or technical / methodological sessions.

The deadline for submissions is Monday June 11th 2018. 

Seriously. The deadline for submissions is Monday June 11th 2018. That date allows us to put the final conference timetable together, finalise numbers for the venue, organise catering, and gives everyone a chance to organise hotel rooms and travel.

Those colleagues who wish to submit papers and abstracts in advance of this date are very welcome to do so. We realise that many of you need to know ahead of June 11th if your paper has been accepted in order to negotiate time away/conference funding with your institutions. If you submit ahead of the deadline we will endeavour to give you an answer within 14 days of receiving your submission.

Please email submissions and any queries to:

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Kind regards

MHRG Workshop Committee