Title

New Business Histories! Plurality in Business History Research Methods

ORCiD

0000-0002-9342-3285

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Business History

ISSN

0007-6791

Volume

57

Issue

1--2

DOI

10.1080/00076791.2014.977870

First Page

30

Last Page

40

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Abstract

We agree with de Jong et al.'s argument that business historians should make their methods more explicit and welcome a more general debate about the most appropriate methods for business historical research. But rather than advocating one 'new business history', we argue that contemporary debates about methodology in business history need greater appreciation for the diversity of approaches that have developed in the last decade. And while the hypothesis-testing framework prevalent in the mainstream social sciences favoured by de Jong et al. should have its place among these methodologies, we identify a number of additional streams of research that can legitimately claim to have contributed novel methodological insights by broadening the range of interpretative and qualitative approaches to business history. Thus, we reject privileging a single method, whatever it may be, and argue instead in favour of recognising the plurality of methods being developed and used by business historians--both within their own field and as a basis for interactions with others.

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