Local Man Honored By Prestigious Journal

Local Man Honored By Prestigious Journal An international organization of business and economic historians has selected a Rutgers University—Camden scholar to serve as the editor in chief of its award-winning journal.

Phillip Scranton, a Board of Governors professor of history at Rutgers-Camden, will begin his four-year editorship for the prominent scholarly journal Enterprise & Society in July.

Founded in 2000 by the Business History Conference, the scholarly journal is published by the Oxford University Press and features articles on the historical relations between businesses and their larger political, cultural, institutional, social, and economic contexts. In 2001, Enterprise & Society was named best new social sciences journal by the Association of American Publishers.

Currently based at Florida International University, Enterprise & Society will relocate to Rutgers-Camden during Scranton’s tenure. A graduate student from the Rutgers-Camden history program will be hired to serve as the journal’s administrative assistant. The Hagley Museum and Library will provide a managing editor to assist Scranton’s efforts.

As editor Scranton intends to implement a full-scale online submission, review, and production process this summer, utilizing the Manuscript Central server application.

“I’m looking for innovative articles on urban businesses, gender and business, histories of particular industries, rather than studies of individual companies,” says Scranton, who served as the journal’s editor for reviews from 2000 to 2004.

“It’s important to study these subjects because economic development depends on institutions and people. These are long term processes, such that decisions made in the 1890s about railroads affected America’s ability to grow industrially. This is history that mattes to our everyday lives and to our futures,” Scranton adds.

The Business History Conference represents 500 scholars from 30 countries. In addition to sponsoring its respected journal, the group organizes an annual international conference.

The author of nine books and numerous scholarly articles, Scranton is a noted expert on the history of technology and manufacturing, and has presented at conferences around the world. His latest book is titled “The Business of Tourism: Place, Faith and History,” co-edited with Jan Davidson, and published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Scranton resides in Mount Airy, Pa.

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Author: Press Release-Rutgers-Camden

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