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Beyond Chandler?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 February 2015


Unlike several of my colleagues whose retrospective essays are included in this special section, I did not have a personal relationship with Alfred DuPont Chandler, though during the 1980s he did invite me to present a discussion of my first book Proprietary Capitalism at his Harvard business history seminar. I also met Dr. Chandler frequently at Business History Conference meetings, where I found him ever-gracious, indifferent to criticism, and supportive of diverse projects whether allied with or tangential to his own. Thus here I offer some reflections on our discipline and its current situation, taking Chandler's publications as a point of departure.

Arthur Chandler Tribute
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1. Bauman, Zygmunt Liquid Modernity. Oxford: Polity, 2002, 113.Google Scholar

2. ibid., 115.

3. Ulrich Beck, Richard Sennett, Manuel Castells, Bruno Latour, Anthony Giddens, and Michel Foucault, for example.

4. Bauman, , 117. “The long term, though still referred to by habit, is a hollow shell carrying no meaning.” (125)Google Scholar

5. Bauman, 128. In another vocabulary, and in relation to current day sub-prime mortgages and meltdowns in housing’s financial markets, this can also be characterized as privatizing gains and socializing losses.

6. From Barbara Johnson’s introduction to Derrida, Jacques Dissemination. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981, 15,CrossRefGoogle Scholar cited in Scott, Joan WallachHistory-Writing as Critique.” In Manifestos for History, Jenkins, Keith et al., eds., New York: Routledge, 23.Google Scholar

7. Ken Lipartito urged just this critical revisiting of the discipline’s key concepts and assumptions in his incoming E&S editor's seminar at Bocconi University (2005). I hope during my term as editor to assist in developing this effort.