Workshop and Symposia


AAHANZBS First Inaugural Conference
14th Dec 2009 The Women's College, The University of Sydney

History in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools

The Proceedings of the First AAHANZBS Conference

The University of Sydney, 14-15 December 2009

Editor: Greg Patmore
Publisher: Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney
ISBN: 978-1-74210-164-4

The inaugural conference of the Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) was held at The University of Sydney, 14-15 December 2009.

The symposium was organised on behalf of AAHANZBS by the Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, with the financial support of the University of Sydney Business School. 

The inaugural conference of AAHANZBS provided an opportunity for researchers to present papers across a wide range of topics. The three main themes were:

  1. The role of historical research in developing theoretical perspectives in business and management;
  2. How historical research aids our understanding of contemporary issues in business and management;
  3. Teaching history in business and management schools.

The conference included both refereed and non-refereed streams. All refereed conference papers (full versions) were double-blind assessed by two anonymous referees. The authors retain copyright over, and take full responsibility for, their papers and abstracts.

Unions and Finance: The US in Comparative Perspective
9th Dec 2009 The Board Room, Level 2, Faculty of Economics and Business, H69

As in other parts of the world, US unions have for many years tried to leverage their influence via strategic use of pension funds. This talk is a brief overview of the situation in the US with some comparisons to Europe and Japan

Sanford M. Jacoby is the Howard Noble Professor in UCLA's Anderson School of Management. He also holds appointments in UCLA's Department of History and its Department of Public Policy. His research uses comparative and historical methods to analyse employers, labour market institutions, and the political economy of labour and corporate governance.

Jacoby's first book was Employing Bureaucracy: Managers, Unions, and the Transformation of Work in the Twentieth Century (1985, 2004), which won the George Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management. In 1997 he published Modern Manors: Welfare Capitalism Since the New Deal, which received the Philip Taft Labour History Award. His most recent book is The Embedded Corporation: Corporate Governance and Employment Relations in Japan and the United States (2005), the Japanese translation of which was judged by Nikkei Shinbun to be one of the top three books on economics and management published in 2005. He edited two collections: Masters to Managers: Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Employers (1991) and The Workers of Nations: Industrial Relations in a Global Economy (1995).

His research also has appeared in leading journals in several fields, including economics, history, industrial relations, and law. He is co-editor of Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal and serves on the editorial boards of eleven scholarly journals in the United States and abroad. In recent years Jacoby has been a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Manchester.

Jacoby's Guggenheim project studies the reaction of labour movements to financialization in several industrialized nations. It focuses on pension fund activism, regulatory efforts, and corporate governance. Preliminary research was supported by UCLA, Doshisha University, and Waseda University's Institute for Advanced Study.

All are very welcome to attend.

Industrial language making and gender: considering the history of nicknaming in the NSW Railways
11th Nov 2009

Professor Lucy Taksa was appointed Head of the Department of Business in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University in August 2009. She has been Chair of the Board of State Records NSW since 2007 and is President of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. She was a non-judicial member of the Equal Opportunity Division of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal (and its predecessors) between 1996 and 2007 and of the Legal Services Division between 2003 and 2007. Lucy is currently on the Editorial Boards of Labour History, the Journal of Transport History, International Review of Social History, Economic and Labour Relations Review, and Problems & Perspectives in Management. She has published on the management, labour and Occupational Health and Safety history; workplace culture and labour politics; gender and technological change; adult, technical and management education; migrant workers, EEO and diversity management; and the management and interpretation of industrial heritage. Her current research interests include: humour and traditional masculine workplace culture; women and leadership; and the impact of the new liberal agenda on tertiary education.

All are very welcome to attend.

Conditional solidarity and work-ins during industrial disputes of Sydney journalists 1943-69
10th Jun 2009

Samuel Russell, BA Hons Newcastle, PhD candidate, Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney

The state of class consciousness of a section of workers is brought into relief by the pressures of industrial disputes. During disputes in Sydney in the 1943-1969 period for the Australian Journalists Association two conflicting trends emerge in the consciousness of their class position. Above award conditions and occupational interests caused the AJA to present a craft and sectional interest, effectively expressing their consciousness as workers in a fixed social position. At the same time, the use of work-ins, in the form of a Union substitute newspaper produced during strikes with the assistance of the Printers expressed a different consciousness of a position for journalists outside of the limitations of their then social position. Particular attention will be paid to the changing nature of work-in industrial action across the period, and the undermining of the work-in as a tactic and as the representation of a different social order, through institutionalisation and changed production techniques.

Why Do Americans Have Such Big Refrigerators?
13th May 2009

Jonathan Rees, Associate Professor of History, Colorado State University, Pueblo

Jonathan is a visiting scholar in Work and Organisational Studies and his research interests including a history of refrigeration and the history of the Rockefeller Plan of employee representation.