Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
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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.
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.
Official Posts in Professional Bodies:
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
Post-graduate Research Supervision
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
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