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Business history, why and how? Historians, archivists and actors: cross-eyes: Opening

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Disciplines
Keywords
Triple Keywords
Annals
History
Business
Trade
Novellas (Short novels)
Stories
Metafiction
Fiction
Novels
Fiction--Philosophy
Autonomy
Self-government
Independence
Standard of value
Value
Worth
Values
Axiology
Communication
Mass communication
Communication, Primitive
Evidence
Proof
Number concept
Civil liberty
Personal liberty
Emancipation
Liberation
Liberty
Freedom
Place (Literature)
Setting (Literature)
Evolution

Abstract

‘titrebSummary’/titrebThis Day of History intended by the Altadis History Committee, ‘Seita, Terres d’Histoire’, did not claim to revisit the historical achievements of business stories but wanted to compare the experiences of collaboration between partners in this historical work more modestly and more practically, by involving business stakeholders, archivists and historians alike. Three subjects have been selected: human resources management, innovation, sensitive topics. Twelve companies are represented, comparable in terms of age, direct or indirect relations with the State, size. Twenty-seven short communications preceded three debates proposing answers to a few questions: what motivations led to the historical demand, how could they be fulfilled, what functions are attributed to archivists in these companies, what autonomy exists for historians in accessing written and oral archives, in their problems, in the internal or external dissemination of their research, and of this somewhat (too) ambitious project, many common points that are all subjects of satisfaction: the value of assets and even more old ones in their history; the diversity, often complementary, of the expectations of businesses and historians; the renewal of historical approaches in the history of human resources management and in the history of innovations; convergence of views of the partners to deal, on a case-by-case basis, with the preservation, communication and historical handling of sensitive topics; recent developments in the needs of companies in terms of ‘historical evidence’ in the face of legal proceedings; the crucial importance of the top management of these companies in the vitality of the research carried out; the interest in the testimonies caused, sources for history and instruments of recognition for actors, but there have also been some differences: on the side of some archivists who were more concerned about serving the principal than historian; on the side of companies that are very unequally able to make the necessary financial and logistical efforts; on the part of the younger generation’s historical research is not ensured everywhere — perhaps due to the difficulties of gender — in contrast to the fertility and vitality of the previous generation.

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