Philip Scranton Best Article Prize

This prize recognizes the author or authors of an article published in Enterprise & Society judged to be the best of those that have appeared in the volume previous to the year of the BHC annual meeting. It is named in recognition of Philip Scranton's deep contributions to Enterprise & Society and is generously funded by Cambridge University Press. The Philip Scranton Best Article Prize Committee shall consist of three members, one of whom will be the chair. Each member serves a three-year term, rotating onto the committee as junior member, then becoming chair, and then exiting after serving a final year as senior member. The Chair of the committee shall preside over the entire process.


2018: David Higgins and Aashish Velkar, “’Spinning the yarn’: Institutions, Law, and Standards, c. 1880-1914” (September 2017): 591-631; and Patricio Sáiz and Rafael Castro, “Foreign Direct Investment and Intellectual Property Rights: International Intangible Assets in Spain over the Long Term,” (December 2017): 846-892.

2017: Petri Paju and Thomas Haigh"IBM Rebuilds Europe: The Curious Case of the Transnational Typewriter" (June 2016): 265-300. 

2016: Daniel Levinson Wilk, "The Red Cap's Gift: How Tipping Tempers the Rational Power of Money" (March 2015): 5-50.

2015: Marc Flandreau and Gabriel Geisler Mesevage, "The Untold History of Transparency: Mercantile Agencies, the Law, and the Lawyers (1851-1916)," (June 2014): 213-51.

Note: from 2009 to 2014, the Best Article Prize was sponsored by the Journals Division of Oxford University Press.

2014: Francesca Carnevali and Lucy Newton, "Pianos for the People: From Producer to Consumer in Britain, 1851-1914" (March 2013): 37-70.

2013: Geoffrey Jones and Christina Lubinski, "Managing Political Risk in Global Business: Beiersdorf 1914-1990" (March 2012): 85-119.

2012: Milena Veenis, "Cola in the German Democratic Republic: East German Fantasies on Western Consumption" (September 2011): 489-524.

  • Honorable Mentions:
  • Bianca Murillo, " 'The Devil We Know': Gold Coast Consumers, Local Employees, and the United Africa Company, 1940-1960" (June 2011): 317-355.
  • Christopher Jones, "The Carbon-Consuming Home: Residential Markets and Energy Transitions" (December 2011): 790-823.

2011: Oskar Broberg, "Labeling the Good: Alternative Visions and Organic Branding in Sweden in the Late Twentieth Century" (December 2010): 811-838.

2010: Simon Ville, "'Making Connections': Insights into Relationship Marketing from the Australasian Stock and Station Agent Industry" (September 2009): 423-448.

2009: Giorgio Riello, "Strategies and Boundaries: Subcontracting and the London Trades in the Long Eighteenth Century" (June 2008): 243-280.

2008: Per H. Hansen, "Organizational Culture and Organizational Change: The Transformation of Savings Banks in Denmark, 1965-1990" (December 2007): 920-953.

2007: Dario Gaggio, "Pyramids of Trust: Social Embeddedness and Political Culture in Two Italian Gold Jewelry Districts" (March 2006): 19-58.

2006: Tony Webster, "An Early Global Business in a Colonial Context: The Strategies, Management, and Failure of John Palmer and Company of Calcutta, 1780-1830" (March 2005): 98-133.

2005: Emanuela Scarpellini, "Shopping American-Style: The Arrival of the Supermarket in Postwar Italy" (December 2004): 625-668.

2004: John Smail, "The Culture of Credit in Eighteenth-Century Commerce: The English Textile Industry" (June 2003): 299-325.

2003: Morris L. Bian, "The Sino-Japanese War and the Formation of the State Enterprise System in China: A Case Study of the Dadukou Iron and Steel Works, 1938-1945" (March 2002): 80-123.

  • Honorable Mention:
  • Jeffrey Hornstein, " 'Rosie the Realtor' and the Re-Gendering of Real Estate Brokerage, 1930-1960" (June 2002): 318-351.

2002: Daryl M. Hafter, "Women in the Underground Business of Eighteenth-Century Lyon" (March 2001): 11-40.

2001: Jonathan Zeitlin, "Reconciling Automation and Flexibility? Technology and Production in the Postwar British Motor Vehicle Industry" (March 2000): 9-62.

[2000: Transition year, no prize awarded; beginning in 2001, the prize is dated by the year of the annual meeting at which it is awarded, for an Enterprise & Society article published in the previous year.

In 1992, the Newcomen Society of the United States began sponsoring an award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference. The winner received a plaque and $1,000. From 1992 through 1999, the Newcomen Prize–winning paper was published in Business and Economic History. The full texts of the articles from 1992 to 1999 are available in the BEH Archives and are linked from the author's name below. ]

1999: Kevin Reilly, "Dilettantes at the Gate: Fortune Magazine and the Cultural Politics of Business Journalism in the 1930s"

1998: Sean Patrick Adams, "Different Charters, Different Paths: Corporations and Coal in Antebellum Pennsylvania and Virginia"

1997: William Tsutsui, "Rethinking the Paternalist Paradigm in Japanese Industrial Management"

1996: William Mass and Andrew Robertson "From Textiles to Automobiles: Mechanical and Organizational Innovation in the Toyoda Enterprises, 1895-1933"

1995: Kenneth Lipartito, "Culture and the Practice of Business History"

1994: Paul Gompers, "The Rise and Fall of Venture Capital"

1993: Steven Usselman, "IBM and Its Imitators: Organizational Capabilities and the Emergence of the International Computer Industry"

1992: Sally Clarke, "'Innovation' in U.S. Agriculture: A Role for New Deal Regulation"