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Black Business and Management History

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Management History

Guest Editors

Leon Prieto, Clayton State University
Simone Phipps, Middle Georgia State University
Submission deadline (September 30th, 2019)


Black Business and Management History have largely been ignored by scholars. Cummings and Bridgman (2016) asserted that a limited, homogenous, monocultural, “potted” view of the past may constrain perspectives of what we take management to be about in the present, and subsequently, could be limiting future development. Scholars have largely been silent about the contributions of historic black business leaders and entrepreneurs such as Jaja of Opobo, Alonzo Herndon, John Merrick, Charles Clinton Spaulding, Annie Turnbo-Malone, Maggie L. Walker, and countless others. Therefore, it is necessary for Black Business and Management History to receive some attention by historians. The Caucasian figures of business and management have been constantly recognised, but the black business pioneers that have also helped to shape the field of management have received far less attention (Prieto & Phipps, 2016; Prieto, Phipps, Osiri, & LeCounte, 2017). Jones, Novicevic, Hayek & Humphries (2012) also argued that Management history research is curiously silent about the role of blacks in the evolution of management thought and practice.

As it pertains to Africa, Nzelibe (1986) stated that Western management thought emphasises “individualism and modernity, while African management thought advocates traditionalism, communalism and cooperative teamwork. Walker (1998) also argued that the production of goods, as well as trade and marketing activities in West and West Central African states were propelled by a high degree of both individual and communally based, profit-oriented entrepreneurial activities. Research on the evolution of business and management thought within the African context is needed to add a diverse perspective to the dominant, capitalistic Anglo-Saxon conceptualisation of management.

There also seems to be a lack of research as it pertains to the historical contributions of black women in business and management. Garret-Scott (2009) talked about the need for greater emphasis to be placed on black women entrepreneurs whose contributions have been largely omitted. Recently, there has been media coverage of Maggie Lena Walker, the first woman to found a bank in the United States, who had a statue built for her in Richmond, Virginia in recognition of her pioneering work. (Rosenwald, 2017).

Black Business and Management History is noticeably absent in the mainstream Entrepreneurship and Management textbooks, and increased research in this particular area may eventually lead to greater inclusion in textbooks so that the curriculum in Business programs can benefit from a more complete view of Business and Management History in general.

Aims and Scope

In this Special Issue of the Journal of Management History we encourage contributions studying Black Business and Management History. Themes may include, but are not limited to:
  • Black Business History in Africa and its Diaspora
  • Historic African Management Thought
  • African-American Management History
  • History of Black Capitalism
  • Historic Black Business Pioneers
  • History of Black Cooperative Entrepreneurship
  • Traditional African Business Practices
  • History of Black Entrepreneurial Communities
Submission Process

Submitted papers must conform to the submission guidelines of the Journal of Management History. Manuscripts are due by (September 30th, 2019) and must be submitted using the JMH submission system at Authors should indicate that they would like their document to be considered for the special issue “Black Business and Management History.” Authors of papers invited to be revised and resubmitted will be expected to work within a tight timeframe for revisions.

Further information

Questions pertaining to this special issue may be directed to:
•    Leon Prieto (

For questions about submitting to the special issue contact the JMH Publisher, Patti Davis (


Cummings, S., & Bridgman, T. (2016), “The limits and possibilities of history: How a wider,     deeper, and more engaged understanding of business history can foster innovative     thinking”, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 250-    267.
Garret-Scott, S. (2009), “A historiography of African American Business”, Business and     Economic History, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 1-33.

Jones, N., Novicevic, M., Hayek, M., & Humphreys, J. H, (2012), "The first documents of     emancipated African American management: The letters of Benjamin Montgomery     (1865‐1870)", Journal of Management History, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp.46-60.

Nzelibe, C.O. (1986), “The evolution of African management thought”, International     Studies of Management & Organization, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 6-16.

Prieto, L. C., & Phipps, S. T. A. (2016), “Re-discovering Charles Clinton Spaulding’s “The     Administration of Big Business: Insight into early 20th century African-American     management thought”, Journal of Management History, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 73-90.

Prieto, L. C., Phipps, S. T. A., Osiri, J. K., & Lecounte, J. F. (2017), “Creating an Interface:     Aiding Entrepreneurial Success via Critical Pedagogy and Insights from African-    American Management History”, Journal of Management History, Vol. 23 No. 4.

Rosenwald, M. S. (2017). “The first woman to start a bank – a black woman – finally gets her     due in     the Confederacy’s capital”, Washington Post, 14 July, available at:    to-start-a-bank-finally-gets-her-due-in-the-confederacys-    capital/?utm_term=.1379f38e3d9c (accessed  23 August 2017).

Walker, J. E. K. (1998), The History of Black of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race,     Entrepreneurship, Macmilan Publishing Company, New York, NY.