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Dr Mitchell Larson

Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Business History, Faculty Research Degree Coordinator
School of Business

Dr. Larson conducts business history research in three main areas: British banking, management education, and intersections between elite sport and business. As Faculty Research Degree Coordinator, he responds to research degree enquiries about Masters by Research, MPhil, and PhD degrees. Applications and enquiries in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Economics, International Business, Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications should be directed to him. He is an experienced doctoral research supervisor.

Dr. Larson's current roles encompass a variety of research activities and administrative responsibilities. In addition to serving as the LSBE Faculty Research Degree Coordinator, he sits on a number of university committees with respect to research matters and postgraduate research students. Mitchell produces and publishes original research which has appeared in journals like Business History, Management & Organizational History, and Sport in Society. He teaches research methods in classrooms and online, and then supervises research projects at undergraduate, Masters, and doctoral levels. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK and a founding member of the UCLan Research Centre for Business, Management, and Enterprise.

Since graduation in 2003 Dr. Larson 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 the University of Central Lancashire in September 2008. Dr. Larson brings historical context and qualitative research methods experience to the UCLan Research Centre for BUsiness, Managment and Enterprise. For seven years he served as Associate Editor for Emerald’s multi-disciplinary journal the International Journal of Organizational Analysis. In September 2011 he became Research Degree Tutor for three divisions of the School, became a founding member 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 research students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and from 2016-21 organised 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.

  • 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
  • University of Warwick (UK) PhD Exchange Fellowship, 2000-2001
  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship, 2013
  • Dr. Larson's research has three main strands that explore the relationships between various institutions in society. First, his research examines the historical performance of financial institutions, both UK high street banks as well as microfinance institutions in developing countries. Second, this research investigate the history of management education in Britain; of particular interest is studying the interplay between educational institutions, the business community, and society. Finally, he pursues projects in the history of elite sport, specifically the Olympics, and the relationships with business and commercial interests.
  • Dr. Larson would be interested in supervising PhD research in the areas of UK banking, management education, or the intersection between business and sports. He is an experienced doctoral supervisor.
  • As for personal interests, Dr. Larson enjoys cinema, travel, and follows certain US sports leagues from his home country, especially the NFL and Major League Baseball.
  • Council Member, Association of Business Historians (UK), 2014-2021
  • Trustee, Economic and Business History Society (USA), 2015-present
  • Treasurer, Management History Research Group (UK), 2015-present
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK), 2013-present
  • American Historical Association, 2004-present
  • Association of Business Historians, 2005-present
  • Business History Conference (USA), 2003-present
  • Economic and Business History Society (USA), 2012-present
  • Management History Research Group (UK), 2000-present
  • North American Conference on British Studies, 2007-present