May 30, 2007

Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University to host business historians in Cleveland

Cleveland -- with its rich entrepreneurial history and trailblazing leaders such as oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, scientist and inventor Charles F. Brush, industrialist Cyrus Eaton and real estate entrepreneur Bert Wolstein -- is the setting for the 2007 International Business History Conference (BHC), May 31 through June 2, at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Revisiting the past with a look to the future is what business historians will be doing when they gather in the Peter B. Lewis building at Case to consider "Entrepreneurial Communities." The Weatherhead School will host 230 conference attendees from around the world for the BHC, one of the largest organizations for professional business historians and also publisher of the journal, Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History.

Cleveland -- with its rich entrepreneurial history and trailblazing leaders such as oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, scientist and inventor Charles F. Brush, industrialist Cyrus Eaton and real estate entrepreneur Bert Wolstein -- is the setting for the 2007 International Business History Conference (BHC), May 31 through June 2, at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Revisiting the past with a look to the future is what business historians will be doing when they gather in the Peter B. Lewis building at Case to consider "Entrepreneurial Communities." The Weatherhead School will host 230 conference attendees from around the world for the BHC, one of the largest organizations for professional business historians and also publisher of the journal, Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History.

During the opening Thursday evening session in Wolstein Hall, 11318 Bellflower Road, John Grabowski-the Krieger Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at Case, research director at the Western Reserve Historical Society and editor of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History- will regale attendees with stories about Cleveland's industrial past in his talk, "Location, Vision, Product: Entrepreneurship in Northeastern Ohio."

The Friday evening reception at the Smith Library, hosted by Weatherhead Dean Mohan Reddy, will feature a prominent artifact loaned from the Western Reserve Historical Society, a scale model of the dynamo of the type that Charles F. Brush (the Edison of Outdoor Lighting) invented to economically power arc lighting systems for night lighting of cities and to augment battery power. Among the guests for this event will be several Brush Executives, including Richard Hipple, Chairman, President, CEO and Director of Brush Engineering, and wife Jean.

Organizing the conference at Case is Gary Previts, a professor of accountancy at Weatherhead School. "Business history is increasingly becoming an important part of management education," he said. A special conference session, led by Dr. Jerry Trapnell, executive vice president of the Association for Advancement for Collegiate Business Schools, will discuss ways to incorporate the skills of historians into management school programs.

The conference will have 120 presentations to showcase work in the areas of history, economics and business management education. BHC President Will Hausman, professor of economics at the College of William and Mary, is among the presenters.

During the annual meeting's Saturday evening banquet, the BHC will award its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hagley Prize for Best Book in Business History, the Herman E. Krooss Award for the Best Dissertation in Business History, the Austin Kerr Prize for the best first paper delivered at the BHC meeting and the Newcomen Prize for the Best Article in Enterprise & Society (2006 volume).

This is the 53rd such conference sponsored by the BHC that formally organized in l970 as a nonprofit organization to advance the study, writing and research of business history.

For the first time, Case will make available its new student apartment-living complex, The Village at 115, as an option for conference housing. The complex is a short walk from Weatherhead's home in the Peter B. Lewis Building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, and its undergraduate program housed in the Wolstein Hall, the former mansion built by industrialist Washington Tyler.

To attend the conference, registration is required by visiting http://www.h-net.org/~business/bhcweb/annmeet/general07.html.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Paula Baughn, May 30, 2007 04:02 PM | News Topics: Events, Weatherhead School of Management, Weatherhead School of Management

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