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Organizations in TimeHistory, Theory, Methods$
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Marcelo Bucheli and R. Daniel Wadhwani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646890.001.0001

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Historical Sources and Data

Historical Sources and Data

Chapter:
(p.284) 12 Historical Sources and Data
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Organizations in Time
Author(s):

Kenneth Lipartito

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646890.003.0012

This chapter introduces readers to historical sources and how they may be both useful and challenging in historical research on organizations and markets. The chapter explains how historical sources are identified and used in different ways than ‘data’ in hypothesis testing research methods. Specifically, the chapter discusses how to identify and evaluate primary sources, including relevant archives and business records, as well as how to analyze them in relation to secondary sources. Drawing on archival theory, the chapter also highlights the issues scholars should take into consideration when asking why and how historical records have been preserved for researchers to use. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how to represent these sources in organization and management publications.

Keywords:   historical sources, archives, historical methods, organizational research

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