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Oxford School of Hospitality Management
Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to reveal, how newspaper archives can support contextualisation in management history research by providing quantitative and/or qualitative, accurate, contemporary and cost-effective, data which is not always available elsewhere.
Design/methodology/approach. The paper comprises a literature review, which summarises research into contextual analysis and newspaper archive theory; combined with content and textual analysis of articles published in the Journal of Management History and Management and Organizational History (2013-2017).
Findings. The findings reveal that the concept of contextualisation is absent from recent management history articles and that few management historians use newspaper archival sources as a data collection strategy.
Research limitations/implications. There is compelling evidence to suggest that contextual analysis can – perhaps should – be incorporated into management historians’ research strategies because managerial organisations operate in open systems, which are influenced by external factors.
Originality/value. This paper juxtaposes two neglected aspects of management history research, contextuality and newspaper archives, and proposes that a key source for historic contextual analysis is newspaper data.
This article explores the role of nineteenth century national newspapers and their readers in disseminating management innovations to the English hotel industry. In September 1853, many well-travelled, knowledgeable customers spontaneously wrote letters to The Times complaining about over-priced, uncomfortable English hotels compared to lower-priced, more comfortable European and North American hotels. The letters and editorials from The Times and other national newspapers campaigned for English hotels to adopt international hotel management innovations. The article suggests that this is an early example of pure diffusion in communicating innovations.
Although there is growing interest in affiliate marketing networking as a newly emerged electronic distribution channel, little empirical research has explored this topic. Similarly, despite being widely employed to analyse organisations' behaviour and responses to the turbulent environment, aspects of complexity theory like unintended consequences have yet to be researched in depth. This study bridges these gaps by investigating unintended consequences in the evolution of affiliate marketing networks within tourism distribution. The findings may also be applicable to other services industries, such as financial services, where the use of affiliate marketing is widespread. The results from in-depth interviews and qualitative content analysis suggest that unintended consequences are an important factor in shaping the evolution of affiliate practice, and should not be underestimated by practitioners. Additionally, the study suggests that unintended consequences can be a tool for indicating areas for improvements, and can help to explain the nature of emergent affiliate marketing challenges, which might potentially assist marketing managers in the successful formation of affiliate marketing networks.