President Andrea H. Schneider, Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte, Germany

Andrea Schneider has been Managing Director of the Society for Business History (Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte) since 1996. She studied Contemporary History at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and graduated in 1996 with her thesis on Helmut Schmidt and the Great Koalition, 1966-1969. She has published several books and papers in the field of business history, focusing on German state owned enterprises from 1920s to the 1970s, especially in electrictiy and aluminum. She has also worked on various banks, including the Rentenbank, the Ausfuhrkreditanstalt (AKA), the Bankhaus Metzler and the Kreditanstalt für Verkehrsmittel (Diskont und Kredit AG). Andrea Schneider has also coordinated a wide range of projects organised by the Society for Business History, for example Carl-Ludwig Holtfrerichs Frankfurt as a finanical centre (1999), and Harold Jamess History of the Association of German Banks (2001), e.g. Since 1996 she has been on the editorial staff of the Journal of Business History (Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte).

Vice-President Ludovic Cailluet, Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales, France

Born in 1966, Ludovic Cailluet is Professor of strategy at the University of the Littoral (Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale) and a fellow of the CNRS research centre in management of Toulouse University. He holds a Doctorate (1995) in history from the University of Lyon and was awarded the EBHA best dissertation award in 1996 (ex-aequo). He was the Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School in 2005 and the Louis Vuitton Japan visiting professor at Keio University in Japan in 2007. He has published on the business history of the aluminium, commercial vehicle industries and consulting.His central research interest has been the formation and dissemination of strategy practices as well as their adaptation to various business systems. He currently researches the business history of cosmetics. His papers were published in the Accounting Business and Financial History (now Accounting history review), British Journal of management, Business History Review, Entreprises et Histoire, Long Range Planning and Revue Française de Gestion.

Secretary Joost Dankers, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands

Joost Dankers is associate professor at Utrecht University where he holds a doctorate in history (1991). Since 1991 he has published studies on a wide range of Dutch companies like steel producing Hoogovens, the glass industry and on financial institutions like the co-operative Rabobank and the savings banks. He co-initiated the research program ‘Business in the Netherlands in the Twentieth century’ (BINT). As part of this project he together with Bram Bouwens published a book on competition and cooperation in Dutch business and various articles in international journals. Currently he is also involved in the project `Business in Europe and Asia in the twentieth century’(BEAT). At the History Department of Utrecht University he is managing externally funded projects. Many of these projects are commissioned by well-known companies like Royal Dutch Shell, Boskalis Dredging and Heineken. Apart from this he is presently treasurer of the Royal Netherlands History Society and member of the Advisory Board of the Scheepvaartmuseum (the National Maritime Museum) Amsterdam. Joost Dankers has been an active member of the EBHA since 1994 and previously served as member of the council.

Treasurer Alfred Reckendrees, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Alfred Reckendrees is Associate Professor of Business History at Copenhagen Business School. He has joined the Centre for Business History in October 2008, moving from a temporary Associate Professorship at University of Cologne where he has taught since 2000 after having earned his doctorate in Economic History at University of Bielefeld (1999). Alfred Reckendrees has published Das Stahltrust-Project (C.H. Beck, 2000) and, among others, co-edited The West-German Mass Consumption Society 1950-2000 (Akademie, 2007) and Deutschland AG (Klartext, 2013). His research is related to (1.) industrial organisation, concentration and cartelization, and corporate governance, (2.) to entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development, and (3.) to the emergence of mass consumption in Europe. He is currently doing research on the transition from commercial to industrial capitalism (The Genesis of a >New Economy<), on Capitalism and the Idea of the Welfare State, and is developing new comparative projects on interconnections between national business systems and on the Business of Business History. Reckendrees has been chairman of the Arbeitskreis für kritische Unternehmens- und Industriegeschichte - Association for Critical Business History (2007-2013). Currently he is co- editing the book series “Economic and Social History of Modern Europe” (Nomos) and coordinating the Alliance of Centres for Business History in Europe. more about Alfred Reckendrees


Veronica Binda, Bocconi University, Italy

Veronica Binda is a Lecturer in Business and Economic History at the Department of Institutional Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.
Her main research interests focus on business history in Southern European countries, global economic history, and the history of international business. Her main publications include the book The Dynamics of Big Business: Structure, Strategy, and Impact in Italy and Spain (Routledge, 2013) and articles in Business History, the Business History Review, the European Journal of International Management, the Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business, Información Comercial Espańola, Revista de Historia Industrial, and Imprese e Storia, among others.
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Andrea Colli, Bocconi University, Italy

Andrea Colli (born 1966) is Associate Professor of Economic History at Bocconi University, Milan. His fields of interest include the structure and evolution of small and medium sized enterprises, the role of family firms in modern economic growth, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial history, corporate governance in a comparative and historical perspective and foreign direct investments and long term economic growth. Andrea has published and edited several books covering these topics, both in English and in Italian. Besides an articulated teaching experience, both at the undergraduate, master and postgraduate level, in Italy and abroad, he takes part in several international research groups. Is also actively involved in the organization of conferences and workshops at a national and international level. He has been the Director of the 2005 and 2007 editions of the Summer School of the European Business History Association, of which is member of the Board. He has been awarded by the BHC with the Harold Williamson Prize for the most promising mid-career business historian for 2007.

Teresa da Silva Lopes, York Management School, UK

Teresa da Silva Lopes is a Professor of International Business and Business History at the Management School, University of York, Director of the Centre for the Evolution of Global Business and Institutions (CEGBI), and Head of the Marketing Group. She is the President of the Association of Business Historians (ABH), and a member of the Council of the European Business History Association (EBHA). She received her PhD from the University of Reading and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. She also has an MPhil, MBA and Licenciatura from Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Professor da Silva Lopes is the 2015 Thomas McCraw Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School. In the past she has been a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley, Columbia University, and École Polytechnique in Paris.

Susanna Fellman, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Susanna Fellman is Professor of business history, at School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She has previously worked as research fellow and professor of economic history at University of Helsinki, Finland, where she also received her PhD in 2001. Her main research interests are the professionalization and modernization of management, questions related to the evolution of the Nordic model of capitalism, and labour relations. Currently she is working on a project related to competition policy and cartels. Recent publications includes an edited volume on the Nordic model of capitalism Creating Nordic Capitalism – The Development of a Competitive Periphery (Palgrave–Macmillan, co-edited with Martin Jes Iversen, Hans Sjögren & Lars Thue 2008), articles on trust on the labour market, ‘Enforcing and Re-Enforcing Trust – Employers and Upper-White-Collar Employees in Finnish Manufacturing Companies, 1920s–1980s’ (Business History vol. 52 no 5 2010). Recently she has dealt with professionalization of management in family businesses in a comparative perspective. Her article ‘Managing professionalization in family business – Transforming strategies for managerial succession and recruitment in family firms in the 20th century’ is forthcoming in: A Global Revolution. The Endurance of Family Businesses edited by Paloma Fernandez-Perez & Andrea Colli (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Fellman is member of the Swedish Research Council, Council for Humanities and Social Sciences for the period 2013–2015. She is also a newly elected member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg. Fellman has served on the EBHA Council during the years 2006–2009.

Paloma Fernández Pérez, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

After graduating in Geography and History at the Universitat de Barcelona, she obtained a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in History at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States, with a Qualifying Exams passed with Distinction for a dissertation about family and business in Spanish colonial trade in the eighteenth century. She then worked as a lecturer in ESADE and at the University of Barcelona, and finally became Associate Professor at the Department of Economic History of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she teaches economic and business history. She is currently Secretary of the Council of Studies of the new degree in International Business at Universitat de Barcelona, where she teaches International Business History. She is Co-Editor of Business History, and Council Member of journals Business History and Investigaciones de Historia Económica. She has been appointed Visiting Scholar at the University of Lancaster, University of York, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, and Universidad del Pacífico in Lima. She received one of the first 5-year ICREA Academia awards of the Catalan government for her research (2008-2013). Her fields of interest are family businesses in emerging economies of past and present times, entrepreneurship and innovation in historical perspective, interest groups and entrepreneurial networks, and internationalization in developing economies. She has published alone three books, and around twenty articles in leading business history and economic history journals. Her most recent publications are the edited books Family Multinationals. Entrepreneurship, Governance and Pathways to Internationalization (with Christina Lubinski and Jeff Fear, New York, Routledge, 2013), and The Endurance of Family Businesses. A Global Overview (with Andrea Colli, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2013). She has been principal researcher of competitive public and prívate research projects, the most recent one about continuities and changes in big family businesses of Latin America and Spain throughout the 20th century, which involves 22 researchers from 11 countries, co-organized with Andrea Lluch, and with partial funding from Fundacion BBVA. She founded and organizes the NIRFF or Network of Interdisciplinary Research in Family Firms, with almost 70 researchers from different academic disciplines and centers around the globe. NIRFF

Christopher Kobrak, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada

Christopher Kobrak is the Wilson/Currie Chair of Canadian Business and Financial History at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and a professor emeritus of finance at ESCP Europe, Paris. He is a CPA with ten-years of business experience and holds MBA and PhD degrees from Columbia University in NYC. An International Fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University, he serves on the editorial boards of several business history journals. His research interests are in the history of foreign investment, financial services, regulation, corporate governance, and political risk. He passed away unexpectedly in January 2017.

Ben Wubs, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Ben Wubs is an associate professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam engaged in various projects related to multinationals, business systems, transnational economic regions, and Dutch-German economic relations. In 2008 he published International Business and National War Interests. Unilever between Reich and Empire (Routledge) and in 2009 (with Keetie Sluyterman), Over Grenzen. Multinationals en de Nederlandse Markteconomie (Boom). As an Erasmus Fellow (2008 to 2012) he did research into The Dutch Big Four in Germany: AKU, Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and Philips, 1920-1960. He co-supervises (with Hein Klemann) a NWO funded project on Rotterdam and its German hinterland called Outport and Hinterland, 1870-2000. Furthermore, in 2008 Wubs became secretary of the Transnational Rhine Network (together with Dr. Ralf Banken, Goethe University Frankfurt), i.e. a collaborative network of economic, business and technology historians consisting of scholars from various universities in Germany, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark, United States, and the Netherlands. In 2013, his Anglo-Dutch-Norwegian consortium received a HERA II grand to do research into the transnational connections of Fashion industry since 1945. Funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area II, The Enterprise of Culture seeks to explore the relationships among fashion as a cultural phenomenon and a business enterprise, and to examine the transmission of fashion as a cultural form across national and international boundaries by intermediaries such as educational institutions, media outlets, advertisers, branders, trend forecasters, and retailers. At the Erasmus University he started (with Thierry Maillet, Paris) subproject called Building brands and fashion fairs. Transnational networks in the fashion industry in Europe which explores Fashion Fairs and Fashion Prediction Companies in Europe after 1945.

Pierre-Yves Donzé, Osaka University, Japan

Pierre-Yves Donzé is a professor of business history at Osaka University, Japan, and a visiting professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He studied history at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where he received his PhD. in 2005, before doing research stints in Japan and in the US. He was appointed associate professor and hakubi scholar at Kyoto University in 2012, and moved to Osaka University in 2015. Since 2017, he his a member of the council of the Business History Society of Japan. His research focuses on the business and economic history of medicine, on the business history of luxury and fashion, and on the history of multinational enterprises. His recent publications include Industries and Global Competition: A History of Business Beyond Borders (Routledge, 2017, co-edited with Bram Bouwens and Takafumi Kurosawa) and articles in Business History, Business History Review, and Enterprise & Society.
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