Business History as Cultural History: A Complimentary View

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Abstract

The paper engages with the larger question of how cultural heritage becomes taken for granted and offers a complimentary view to the anthropological ʻCopenhagen School’ of business history, one that draws attention to the way corporate wealth directly and indirectly influences the culture available to a nation. The approach is illustrated, taking departure in the case of Carl Jacobsen, an élite philanthropist, owner and founder of the New Carlsberg brewery, who came to have a profound effect on Danish cultural heritage through the establishment of the New Carlsberg Glyptotek and the New Carlsberg Foundation. The paper investigates the mechanisms by which culture becomes valued and taken for granted, using the concepts of framing, canonization and consecration, and illustrates the prominence of each mechanism with examples from the early work of Carl Jacobsen, to the contemporary work of the New Carlsberg Glyptotek and the New Carlsberg Foundation. In doing so the paper hopes to elucidate the mechanisms of cultural meaning-making and foster attentiveness to the intimate connection between business and culture, with implications for business and cultural historians and students of these fields.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017: The Good Organization - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 6 Jul 20178 Jul 2017
Conference number: 33
https://www.egosnet.org/2017_copenhagen/general_theme

Conference

ConferenceThe 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017
Number33
LocationCopenhagen Business School
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period06/07/201708/07/2017
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Keywords

  • Business history
  • Cultural history
  • Élite philanthropy
  • Cultural heritage
  • Carlsberg
  • New Carlsberg Foundation
  • New Carlsberg Glyptotek
  • Museums
  • Art foundations
  • Framing
  • Canonisation
  • Consecration

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Lunde Jørgensen, I. (2017). Business History as Cultural History: A Complimentary View. Paper presented at The 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.