• Room 02.007 - Riddel Hall Block 3

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applicants broadly in the area of Business History or interest in the application of historical methods to management. In particular, I am interested in topics related to: Organisational forms Globalization and International trade CEO's and firm leadership Please contact me to discuss research proposals in these areas, or related Business History themes.


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Office location: 02.007, Riddel Hall Block 3

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Lecturer in Management at Queen's Management School, and a Research Associate at Queen's University Centre for Economic History.


Research Statement

Michael Aldous is a business historian with an interest in the ownership and organisation of firms. He uses microeconomic theories of the firm to analyse the use of different business forms. He is particularly interested in the historical role played by partnership and cooperative firms in trade and service industries, and implications this has for understanding both historical and contemporary firm performance.

Research Interests


Business History, Economic History, International Business, Globalization in the 19th century, Trading and service firms, Theory of the firm



Michael holds a BA in History and American Studies from the University of Nottingham, an MBA from IE Business School, Madrid, and an MSc and PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



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Research Output

  • 8 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
Open Access
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  • Partners, servants or entrepreneurs? Banians in the 19th century Bengal economy.

    Aldous, M., 05 Mar 2019, (Accepted) In : Business History Review.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Saville‐Smith, K. J., Provincial society and empire: the Cumbrian counties and the East Indies, 1680–1829

    Aldous, M., 01 Aug 2019, In : Economic History Review. 72, 3, p. 1101-1103 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • Prizes

    Mira Wilkins Prize, 2016

    Michael Aldous (Recipient), Apr 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    History and Economics Workshop

    Chris Colvin (Invited speaker), Michael Aldous (Contributor), David Paulson (Contributor)
    24 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    The Journal of Economic History (Journal)

    Michael Aldous (Referee)
    28 Aug 2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Association of Business Historians Annual Conference 2019

    Michael Aldous (Speaker)
    06 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Economic History Review (Journal)

    Michael Aldous (Referee)
    26 Jul 2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Modern Asian Studies (Journal)

    Michael Aldous (Peer reviewer)
    08 Jan 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity


    Confronting the Productivity Challenge, LRI Roundtable

    John Turner (Participant), Michael Aldous (Participant)

    Impact: Economic Impact, Public Policy Impact

    Information Revolutions

    Michael Aldous (Participant)

    Impact: Economic Impact