Origin Stories - The Intellectual Roots of Management Education

Guest editor(s)
Kristin Williams,



The aim of the special issue is to curate a contribution of literature to the history of management education with a focus on (1) the development of business and management pedagogy and (2) institutional processes and social influences which shape the business and management education environment. When we refer to business and management, we are considering the disciplines which constitute a business education and may include, but are not limited to, commerce, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, accounting, leadership, human resources etc. The special issue is targeting contributions to our understanding of the development of the field and various pedagogical directions, evolving trends, key stakeholder relationships, influences, and changing engagement and delivery methods in management education. Focusing on historical stories, the special issue will feature what we are calling “origin stories” and these are investigations into the beginnings (intellectual roots) and journeys of various academic initiatives in the field.

This special issue is a novel and timely contribution to our understanding of the history of management education and how it has evolved as a discipline. The special issue will enlarge our understanding of the history of management education whilst providing readers with thought provoking ideas of what constitutes our notion of a history of the field (Wanderley et al., 2021), including how management is taught, what constitutes the educational priorities of management, the key influences (Robinson, 2001; Larson, 2020) and social transformations (Khurana, 2007) within management education, and how it has changed over time (Rottner, 2021). Over the last century management education has changed and expanded and institutions have evolved, and these implications are not well understood (Austin, 2000; Engwall, 2007; Rottner, 2021). The special issue may also provide insight into the foundations and trajectories for management thought and practice, as business schools have scaled and spread geographically (Alvarado, et al., 2018; Austin, 2000; Robinson, 2011; Wanderley et al., 2021). Also revealed in this special issue are the areas of focus of management education and the areas of neglect (Miles, 2019; Thomas, et al., 2013; Wanderley et al., 2021; Warren & Tweedale, 2002), which may have implications for future practice.

A literature review revealed limited examples of such scholarly works, and this speaks to the opportunity to make a considerable contribution. Post pandemic, education, business, and society has been transformed with new ways of doing things and new expectations for living, learning, and working. As we contemplate the future of management education, it is critical to understand our past as they may inspire new futures (Rottner, 2021). 

We believe this special issue will be of interest to those teaching and researching in the field of management education and management history and as core reading for PhD students.

List of topic areas

  • Origins and development of the academy
  • Development of critical perspectives within management education
  • Adoption of equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies
  • Adoption of Universal Design for Learning
  • Adoption of equity policies
  • Evolution of graduate education
  • Evolution of cooperative and experiential learning
  • Evolution of digital and distance learning
  • History of case method teaching
  • Evolution of entrepreneurial learning in business education.

We currently have authors interested in submitting papers on:

  • The creation and history of the Canadian Business History Association (150 years)
  • The development and evolution of the micro credentials in management education
  • The origin of the Canadian and Chinese linkage to develop a joint commerce degree
  • Tracing the shift of business history books to trade publishers and where the public and private practitioner gets their business and management history
  • The development of a “management without boarders” graduate course as an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to graduate management education. 

Submission Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jmh

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/jmh#author-guidelines

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key deadlines

Opening date for manuscript submissions: 01 September 2022

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 01 January 2023    

Closing date for abstract submission: 30 June 2022  

Email for abstract submissions: [email protected]

Guest Editors

Kristin Williams, Dalhousie University, [email protected]