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MItchell J. Larson

Dr. Mitchell J. Larson

Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Business

School of Business

Greenbank Building, GR33

+44 (0) 1772 89 4685

MJLarson@uclan.ac.uk

Dr. Larson conducts business history research in three main areas: British banking, management education, and intersections between elite sport and business. He is the Research Degree Tutor for the School of Business and should be contacted regarding research degree enquiries about Masters by Research, MPhil, and PhD degrees by candidates wishing to study Accounting & Finance, Economics, International Business, Marketing, Public Relations, or Communications.

Mitchell is research active within the area of business and management. He is a member of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research and the Institute of Global Finance Development.

Full Profile

Mitchell J. Larson completed his B.S., M.A. and PhD (History) degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), and submitted his PhD in 2003. Since then he has published articles in the areas of the history of English and international banking, the history of UK management education and training, and the history of Olympic sport. He joined Lancashire Business School in September 2008 and became a founding member of two of its research institutes, the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research (LIEBR) and the Institute for Global Finance and Development (IGFD).

Dr. Larson brings contextual knowledge and qualitative research methods experience to complement the quantitative competences of both institutes. In 2010 he became Associate Editor for Emerald’s multi-disciplinary journal the International Journal of Organizational Analysis. In September 2011 he became Research Degree Tutor for the School of Business, became part of UCLan’s Research Degrees Board in 2014, and in May 2015 he joined the editorial team of Essays in Economic and Business History. He now supervises and examines research students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and from 2016-2018 organises the Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop in Business History for PhD students which is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Business Historians.

Qualifications

PhD in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 2003
Master of Arts in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 1995
Bachelor of Science in History and English Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 1993


Publications

Larson, Mitchell Jonathan, Schnyder, Gerhard, Westerhuis, Gerarda and Wilson, John (2011) Strategic responses to global challenges: The case of European banking, 1973–2000. Business History, 53 (1). pp. 40-62. ISSN 0007-6791

Larson, Mitchell Jonathan, Ward, Karen and Wilson, John F. (2010) Banking from Leeds, not London: regional strategy and structure at the Yorkshire Bank, 1859–1952. Accounting, Business & Financial History, 20 (2). pp. 117-133. ISSN 0958-5206

Palmer, Clive Alan and Larson, Mitchell Jonathan When (or how) do the Olympics become stale? Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 18 (3). pp. 275-289. ISSN 1743-0437

Adams, Iain Christopher and Larson, Mitchell Jonathan (2012) 'Hey Pal! Who Won the Marathon?' The Illustrated London News's Coverage of Sport in 1908, an Olympic Year. Sport in History, 32 (2). pp. 135-156. ISSN 1746-0263

More publications

Research

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

BU 3825, Research Methods (online)

BU 3985/3995, Research Supervision for Work-Based Projects and Dissertations (online)

Projects

On-going projects include:

  • Larson, Mitchell J. and John F. Wilson, “The Big Four UK Retail banks and performance, 1973-2010”, to be submitted to Business History Review
  • Arun, Thankom and Mitchell J. Larson, “Hybrids in Financial Services: The case of microfinance”, to be submitted to Enterprise & Society
  • Arun, Thankom and Mitchell J. Larson, “Complexity of the Governance Fabric: External Governance Factors Examined in the Case of Microfinance Institutions”, to be submitted to Business & Society
  • Larson, Mitchell J., “The Managerial Profession”, for the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Business History, by Abe de Jong, Steven Toms, and John F. Wilson (eds.).
  • Larson, Mitchell J., Practically Academic: Business Schools and the Development of the MBA in Britain

Research Activities

My recent research has three main strands. First, my research examines the historical performance of financial institutions, both UK high street banks as well as microfinance institutions in developing countries. Second, I investigate the history of management education in Britain because I am particularly interested in studying the interplay between educational institutions, the business community, and society. Finally, I pursue projects in the history of elite sport, specifically the Olympics, and the relationship(s) with business and commercial interests.

Memberships

Official Posts in Professional Bodies:

Council Member, Association of Business Historians (UK), 2014-18
Trustee, Economic and Business History Society (USA), 2015-
Treasurer, Management History Research Group (UK), 2015
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK), 2013-

Memberships:

American Historical Association, 2004-
Association of Business Historians, 2005-
Business History Conference (USA), 2003-
Management History Research Group (UK), 2000-
North American Conference on British Studies, 2007-

External Activities

Associate Editor for North America/Northern Europe, International Journal of Organizational Analysis
Editorial Board, International Journal of Organizational Analysis
Associate Editor, Essays in Economic and Business History

Chairman, Coleman Prize Committee for the best PhD in Business History, awarded by the Association of Business Historians, 2014
Conference organiser, 2013 annual meeting of the Association of Business Historians, Preston, England
Conference co-organiser, 2012 annual meeting of the Management History Research Group, Derby, England

Reviewer for:
Business History
Business History Review
European Management Journal
History of Education
International Journal of Organizational Analysis

Conferences

“Hybrid Corporate Structures in Financial Services: The Case of Microfinance”
with Thankom Arun
Business History Conference Annual Meeting, June 2015
Miami, Florida

“A Prestigious Business? The Management Education movement in England, 1945-1970”
North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, November 2014
Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Creating a new educational institution: the case of London Business School in 1965”
Economic and Business History Society Annual Meeting, May 2014
Manchester, England

“Bringing ‘Study Abroad’ Back Home: The Struggle to Adapt Management Education into British Universities in the 1960s”
American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2014
Washington, DC

“Changing Values in American Magazine Advertisements, 1965-2005”
with Candan Celik-Elmer
Association of Business Historians Annual Meeting, June 2013
Preston, England

“Strategic Responses to Global Stimuli: The 'Big Four' UK Banks, 1958-2010”
with John Wilson
Economic and Business History Society Annual Meeting, May 2013
Baltimore, Maryland

“Is Education part of Economic Planning? The case of the United Kingdom, 1963-66”
Economic and Business History Society Annual Meeting April 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada

“A Framework for Analysing the Development of Management: the ‘Drivers’ of Change”
with Andrew Thomson and John Wilson
New Business History Workshop, April 2012
York, England