The University of Illinois and the Business History Conference
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign played a crucial role in the promotion of the field of business history and the eventual creation of the Business History Conference. People like Larry Neal and William Hausman were some of the pioneers who in the Illinois campus started this process. In the following interview, William Hausman (College of William and Mary) narrates how this process evolved from the early initiatives in the Urbana-Champaign campus to the creation of the Business History Conference
The important role Illinois played in the early years of the organization led some to call those involved in the organization of the early conferences as the “Illinois mafia.” … Yes, this sounds scary. Below, Hausman on the Illinois mafia.
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