Message from the Historian Committee Chair (July 2022)
If you are interested in the history of entrepreneurship and are looking for a way to serve the Entrepreneurship Division, I encourage you to volunteer for the Historian Committee. The Committee’s mission is “to develop and contribute institutional memory to the workings of the Division,” and we have worked this year on myriad ways to fulfill this mission.
Some recent initiatives include the following:
1. Hosting a PDW for the 2022 Annual Meeting in Seattle
. The Committee has historically hosted PDWs on the development of specific entrepreneurship topics and research methods for investigating historical events, as well as highlighted key anniversaries and continued influence of foundational texts and articles. This year, the Committee’s PDW will focus on the historical and continuing impact of Venkataraman’s (1997) chapter, “The distinctive domain of entrepreneurship research,” which provided an important step in clarifying the field’s domain early in its history.
The PDW, entitled "25 years of research based on Venkataraman (1997): Assessing progress and exploring future avenues," will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM (Pacific Time, UTC-7). We will be conducting it as a hybrid interactive session, so feel free to join us either in-person or virtually.
2. Updating the History of the Entrepreneurship Division written by Hans Landström and Jon Lindhe (see https://bit.ly/ENTDivisionHistory). Published in 2015, their publication continues to serve as a great source of organizational memory about major divisional events as well as a repository listing of interesting information, such as past Division Chairs and winners of the Division’s many prestigious awards.
We are currently updating listings and adding information about some major events (like the Division’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2016). If you have any suggestions about key events in the life of the Division (or content like pictures from these events) from the past seven years, please feel free to submit them to me.
3. Digitally preserving institutional memory
. Working with the Division’s Communication Committee, the Historian Committee has supported the ENT Division’s long-standing presence across multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.
So, for example, if you want to see who received awards at last year’s Business Meeting, you can view it in its entirety at https://bit.ly/ENTBizMeeting2021. If you want to know who served as officers in 2020 (as well as about the officer nomination process, in general), see https://bit.ly/ENTOfficerNom2020 .
If you are interested in working with the Historian Committee, please contact me at FranzLohrke@auburn.edu.
Historian Committee Chair