MItchell J. Larson

Dr. Mitchell J. Larson

Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Business

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Greenbank Building, GR045

+44 (0) 1772 89 4685

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 Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise 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.

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Mitchell J. Larson completed his B.S., M.A. and PhD (History) degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), and received his PhD in 2003. Since then he has published research articles, book chapters, and book reviews 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. From 2010 through 2017 he served as an Associate Editor for Emerald’s multi-disciplinary journal the International Journal of Organizational Analysis. In September 2011 he became Research Degree Tutor for Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise, became part of UCLan’s Research Degrees Board in 2014, and in May 2015 he joined Essays in Economic and Business History as Associate Editor.  From 2016-2021 he continued to organise 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.

Dr. Larson researches and writes about the ways in which institutions in society, such as sporting institutions, industrial or financial sectors, educational establishments and government work together to bring about change.  While he tries not to lose the aspect of ‘agency’ in historical narrative, he is fascinated by how and why people choose to work together to resolve problems or to provide something new to society overall.  These institutions occasionally fight one another to establish priority or to control the development of the issue(s) at hand.  The richness of history offers a fabulous backdrop against which to track, measure, and assess the actions of those who seek to alter the present or the future.

Dr. Larson is happy to explore research degree proposals in the realm of business and management history or those that employ, in part or wholly, a historical research approach.


  • 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
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK), 2013

Official Posts in Professional Bodies:

  • Council Member, Association of Business Historians (UK), 2014-21
  • Trustee, Economic and Business History Society (USA), 2015-
  • Treasurer, Management History Research Group (UK), 2015-


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, (2017) The Challenges of Management Professionalization, in The Routledge Companion to Business History, by John F. Wilson, Steven Toms, Abe de Jong, and Emily Buchnea, (eds). Abingdon (UK) and New York: Routledge.

Stokes, Peter, Neil Moore, Simon Smith, Mitchell J. Larson, and Clare Brindley. Organizational Ambidexterity and the Emerging-to-Advanced Economy Nexus: Cases from Private Higher Education Operators in the United Kingdom, Thunderbird International Business Review. 59(3) May/June 2017, 333-348.

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

More publications


  • American Historical Association, 2004-
  • Association of Business Historians, 2005-
  • Business History Conference (USA), 2003-
  • Economic and Business History Society (US), 2012-
  • Management History Research Group (UK), 2001-
  • Monetary History Group (UK), 2013-
  • North American Conference on British Studies, 2007-


Teaching Activities

  • MD3061, Research Methods (online only)
  • MD3058, Research Supervision for Work-Based Projects and Dissertations (online only)
  • AC4993 / AC4995, Research Methods in Accounting and Finance
  • AC4994 / AC4996, Research Supervision for Masters Theses in Accounting and Finance

Post-graduate Research Supervision

  • 5 PhD completions (as of Jan 2019)
  • 5 current PhD supervisions (as of Feb 2019)
  • 1 MBA thesis completion


On-going projects:

  • Larson, Mitchell J., “Making Postwar Managers in Britain: What Government and Business Leaders (Really) Wanted”, under review at Management & Organizational History.
  • 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, “Complexity of the Governance Fabric: External Governance Factors Examined in the Case of Microfinance Institutions”, to be submitted to Accounting Forum.
  • Arun, Thankom and Mitchell J. Larson, “Hybrids in Financial Services: The case of microfinance”, to be submitted to Enterprise & Society.
  • Larson, Mitchell J., Practically Academic: Business Schools and the Development of the MBA in Britain (monograph project).

Research Activities

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


“Re-creating Business Civilizations in the UK, 1960-1966” (Jan 2019)
Central European History Society annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois

“Digital Literacy and the Business Student” (Pedagogy Workshop) (May 2018)
Economic and Business History Society annual meeting, Jyväskylä, Finland

“‘As British as Drum Majorettes?’ Bringing Business Schools to Britain, 1945-65” (Sept 2017)
North American Conference of British Studies (Midwest Branch), St. Louis, Missouri

“The Challenge of Management Professionalization” (May 2017)
Economic and Business History Society annual meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“Recreating Business Civilization: UK Management Education (March 2017) and American Influences”
Business History Conference annual meeting, Denver, Colorado

“The Challenge of Management Professionalization: A view on the role of British Management in Society” (May 2016)
Association of Business Historians annual meeting, Berlin, Germany

“Big Banking in Britain, 1973-2010” (March 2016) with John F. Wilson
Business History Conference annual meeting, Portland, Oregon

External Activities

  • Associate Editor for North America and Northern Europe, International Journal of Organizational Analysis (2010-2017)
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Organizational Analysis (2010-)
  • Associate Editor, Essays in Economic and Business History (2015-)
  • 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

Invited Speaking Engagements:

  • Invited Speaker, Business Seminar Series (February 2018)
    • Trinity College Dublin Business School
    • “The Big Four UK Retail banks and performance, 1973-2010”
  • Invited Speaker, Business History Seminar Series               (November 2015)
    • Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University
    •  “Strategic Responses to Global Stimuli: The ‘Big Four’ UK Banks, 1973-2010”
  • Invited Speaker, Faculty of Business, Enterprise & Lifelong Learning (March 2012)
    • University of Chester Business School
    • “Success and Failure at Barclays Bank, 1970-2010: Globalisation Run Wild?”
  • Invited Speaker, Business History Unit Seminar Series (November 2010)
    • London School of Economics, University of London
    • “American Perspectives on British Management Education, 1960-2010”

Peer Reviewer for:

  • Business History
  • Business History Review
  • European Management Journal
  • History of Education
  • International Journal of Organizational Analysis
  • Journal of Organizational Behaviour