Business History and the ‘Practical Turn’

John F. Wilson*, Anna Tilba

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In addressing the urgent need for business historians to think about enhancing their relationships with practitioners, we advocate what we term a 'Practical Turn' (as opposed to a 'historic turn' or a 'narrative turn', as proposed by other scholars). Although not entirely original, this 'Practical Turn' is essential if the discipline is to gain greater credibility, especially in management and business schools where most business historians reside. The article addresses some of the challenges faced by business historians, providing evidence to demonstrate that the discipline has much to offer the various worlds of practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-118
Number of pages8
JournalManagement and Organizational History
Issue number1
Early online date26 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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