We promote historical research and teaching within the University of Sydney Business School. We organise seminars and conferences on historical themes in the areas of accounting history, business history, economic history and labour history. We are the home for Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS). Membership inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The group receives funding from the University of Sydney Business School and funding for specific projects from organisations that have included Citigroup and Westfund. We also manage the Burren Street archives, which houses material of interest to accounting historians, business historians and labour historians.
We run research projects funded by business and labour organisations on a variety of themes, and we welcome industry proposals for projects relating to organisational and occupational histories.
In collaboration with the Pearcey Foundation the project interviews recipients admitted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame from 2003 to 2020. The hall of fame recognizes outstanding life-time contribution to ICT in Australia in business, research, and government. Collectively these interviews hold important insights on aspects that had a lasting effect on ICT innovations in Australia, positive as well as negative from approximately the 1960s to the 2010s.
Investigator: Honorary Associate Professor Jim Kitay
Exploring the changing role of nurses in NSW workplaces from the early 1900s to the early 2000s. This project examines the social, organisational and legislative context in which occupational health nurses worked, and the distinctive associations and educational arrangements they developed.
Exploring the origins and growth of regional health insurance fund Westfund. Examining the business model of a mutual and the impact of a range of factors on the fund's development, including the local community and federal government health policy.
Investigator: Professor Greg Patmore
Using comparative historical data to provide a clear direction for public policy in the development of frontier technology for employment relations infrastructure. This infrastructure would maximise workplace productivity, increase job satisfaction and provide a greater voice for employees in the workplace.
Recording the early history of Citibank in Australia, especially prior to the group obtaining its banking licence in 1986. Through interviews and documents, exploring the long process for Citibank to obtain its licence before it could function as a full bank in the Australia.
This oral history captures the memories of those who were responsible and affected by changes in early information and communication technologies (ICT) in Australia. ICT include mainframes, minicomputers, and early personal computers (PC). We capture accounts from programmers, consultants, managers and users.
Meet our academics, members and researchers.
Barbara Ainsworth, Monash Museum of Computing History
Nikola Balnave, Macquarie University
Florian Hoof, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Sanford Jacoby, UCLA
Geoff Jones, Harvard University
Julie Kimber, Swinburne University of Technology
Ray Markey, Macquarie University
Simon Mollan, University of York, UK
Andrew Moore, Western Sydney University
Elisabetta Mori, Middlesex University, UK
Simon Mowatt, Auckland University of Technology, NZ
Melanie Oppenheimer, Flinders University
Riley Perry, Australian Computer Museum Society
Michael Rowlinson, University of Exeter, UK
Peter Sheldon, University of NSW
Lucy Taksa, Macquarie University
Peter Thorne, Pearcey Foundation
Janet Toland, Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington
Claire Wright, University of Technology Sydney
Explore our events, past and present.
In 1936 Sylvia Ashby opened the first independently owned market research firm in Australia. By examining the surveys and correspondence held in the archives of the Ashby Research Service, this paper provides an overview of market research and its growing impact on Australia’s media industry and its operations.
NSW ICAC has been in existence since 1988, the result of an electoral promise to provide clean and efficient government in NSW. This paper is an historical examination of ICAC’s work and government responses over the previous 29 years of ICAC’s operations.