The Revista de Historia Industrial-Industrial History Review would like to invite you to the 'Quantitative Business History' workshop


The Revista de Historia Industrial-Industrial History Review would like to invite you to the 'Quantitative Business History' workshop. The workshop was launched by @rhi_ihr and is organized by Veronica Binda and Anna Spadavecchia. It will be held on June 22 at 12:20 at the European Business History Association Congress (Madrid, June 22-24, 2022),, and aims to discuss and assess:

  • the current diffusion and typology of quantitative methods in the discipline;
  • the aims and purposes that these methods serve vis-à-vis research questions that are not suited to quantitative analysis;
  • how the discipline has been impacted by the diffusion of quantitative methods in relation to cognate disciplines, such as economic history, management and business studies;
  • updates to the existing literature on this topic, which has previously considered only leading British and American journals.

See the programme here, which is the result of a previous call for papers


Advancing the understanding of industrialization processes
Workshop of the RHI– IHR at the EBHA 2022 Congress
June 22, 2022 ― 12:20 p.m.

12:20. Welcome

12:30-14:45. Part I

12:30-13:15. James Foreman-Peck (University of Cardiff) and Leslie Hannah (London School of Economics),
“Business Forms and Business Performance in UK manufacturing 1881”
Discussant: Albert Carreras (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

13:15-14:00. Peter Wardley (Emeritus Professor) “Quantitative Business History: Assessing corporate
performance from a historical perspective”
Discussant: Youssef Cassis (European University Institute)

14:00-14:45. Henric Häggqvist (Uppsala University), “Production and Profitability in Swedish Breweries, 1920-1990”
Discussant: Michael Aldous (Queen’s University Belfast)

14:45-15:15. Break

15:15-17:30. Part II

15:15-16:00. Beatriz Rodríguez-Satizabal (Universidad del Pacífico), “Family, business, and capital: when the stock market is ours. The case of Colombian family-owned business groups”
Discussant: Janette Rutterford (Open University)

16:00-16:45. Alba Roldán (University of Alicante) and José Antonio Miranda (University of Alicante), “Local
projections in Business History: The case of Inditex”
Discussant: Giovanni Favero (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

16:45-17:30. Jari Eloranta (University of Helsinki), Jari Ojala (University of Jyväskylä) and Heli Valtonen
(University of Jyväskylä), “Between the number and the word: quantitative methods in Business history revisited”
Discussant: Neil Rollings (University of Glasgow)

17:30. Farewell

Scientific Committee (Workshop Organizers and RHI-IHR Special Issue): Veronica Binda (Bocconi University) and Anna Spadavecchia (Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde).

RHI-IHR Support Committee: Isabel Bartolomé (University of Sevilla), Veronica Binda (Bocconi University), Gabriele Cappelli (University of Siena), and Ramon Ramon-Muñoz (University of Barcelona).