2nd World Congress on Business History

  • 15 Jan 2020
    New! The deadline for panel and paper proposals submission has been extended to January 29 (Wednesday), 2020.
    *This extension of deadline is applied also for alternative formats, such as workshops, roundtable debates/discussions, and poster presentations. If you apply for such alternative formats, please input basic information by entring from “WORKSHOP PROPOSAL” from “Paper & Session Submission” Menu.
  • 24 Dec 2019
    If you have difficulty in or inquiry for proposal submission, please contact us at ProgramCommittee@worldbhc.org.
  • 24 Dec 2019
    If you intend to co-organize your session, register your names by inserting a slash (/) between them.
    (E.g., Bryan Adams / Ed Sheeran)
  • 23 Dec 2019
    The organizers have secured funds for partial travel support.
  • 12 Nov 2019
    The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2020

2nd World CBH, Nagoya 10-12 September 2020

The congress will take place from September 10-12, 2020 at Nanzan University, Nagoya.

The congress will be held as Joint Congress of the Business History Society of Japan (BHSJ) and the European Business History Association (EBHA).


The World Congress of Business History (WCBH), which is held about every four years, provides a unique platform for business historians from all over the world to gather together and deepen academic exchange. Following on from the inaugural WCBH held in 2016, we are pleased to announce that the second WCBH will be held in September 2020 in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture), Japan.


Business history is a field that, by fully incorporating historical, regional and social context into its analysis, deepens our understanding of the organizations, systems, and practices that underpin business and industry. Until recently, business historians formed regionally-based research communities, particularly in North America, Europe, and East Asia. However, with the start of the WCBH, a global community of business historians was born and its network extended to incorporate other areas (Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, etc.) where business history was newly emerging as a field. It may be said that research in business history has entered a new stage.

In recent years, in reaction to globalism, nationalistic and exclusionary sentiment have been on the rise in many countries, and trade friction has overshadowed the world economy. By coming together at the WBHC, it is hoped that we business historians can contribute to overcoming the national and regional divisions of the 21st century world by deepening mutual understanding about business and industry.

Nagoya, the location for the second WCBH, is considered the center of Japan's manufacturing Industry and is home to many of Japan's leading companies, including Toyota Motor Corp. Nagoya also has several longstanding family firms. Indeed, the current president of the International Association of Bicentenary Family Companies, which requires members to have at least 200 years of history, is Tokichi Okaya of Okaya & Co., Ltd, a business established in Nagoya in 1669. Thus, Nagoya is truly a city with a rich fusion of history and business, and so we look forward to welcoming many business historians from around the world to Nagoya.




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