Learning from the past to envision the future: a five-year review 2005-2009

Madeline Crocitto (Business Administration, State University of New York, Old Westbury, New York, USA)

Journal of Management History

ISSN: 1751-1348

Publication date: 14 September 2015



The purpose of this paper is to identify and analyze the topics published in the journal in the five-year period from 2005 to 2009.


A qualitative examination of content by year identifies prevalent themes.


The beginning and ending of the time period demonstrate continued interest in major figures of our field and the context of their thinking. Quality, excellence and continuous improvement were recurrent topics as were those of business in society, ethics and social responsibility. The value of historical analysis with suggested methodologies for further study was included.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is limited to the topical papers within this five-year timeframe and a qualitative analysis of themes. Fewer than expected papers were published on leadership and international subjects given their important to the field.

Practical implications

Aspiring authors may find the historical background for the current topics of entrepreneurship, quality, ethics and social responsibility convenient. Helpful advice from experts about how to study management history is highlighted. Cross-cultural and international historical linkages on themes and concepts are identified as areas in need of additional research.

Social implications

The social construction of studying and teaching history is discussed. The context in which major writers lived and events occurred is recognized as a major factor in interpreting situations.


The paper reviews over 100 articles to categorize the historical origins of current and recurring topics into major themes. Papers are organized by topic, person or event into a chart by year.



The author acknowledges and appreciates the helpful comments of John. R. Gavencak and Sherry E. Sullivan on earlier versions of this paper.


Crocitto, M. (2015), "Learning from the past to envision the future: a five-year review 2005-2009", Journal of Management History, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 453-493. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-04-2015-0026

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