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Matthew Hollow
Senior Lecturer in Strategy



Matthew joined the School for Business and Society in 2015, having previously held an academic position at Durham University. He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford in Modern British History and an MA from the University of Sheffield. He successfully completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in 2018 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Matthew is also a member of the British Academy of Management and the Association of Business Historians.

Matthew currently teaches on various modules relating to Strategic Management, and has extensive experience mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate researchers.

Departmental roles

Chair of the Board of Examiners



Matthew is a Management and Business Historian whose research covers a broad range of topics
related to the evolution of management and business practices in contemporary Britain. His current
areas of interest include:
- Management practices in the British banking sector
- Fraud and white-collar crime in post-war Britain
- Corporate and commercial architecture
- Entrepreneurship and family businesses


Selected publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Hollow, M. (2020). Historicizing entrepreneurial networks. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal14(1), 66-88.

Hollow, M. (2020). A Wesleyan work ethic? Entrepreneurship and Weber’s protestant work ethic in the case of Isaac Holden, c. 1807–1897. Business History, 1-23.

Hollow, M. (2018). 'A Nation of Investors or a Procession of Fools? Reevaluating the Behaviour of Britain’s Shareholding Population through the Prism of the Interwar Sharepushing Crime Wave', Enterprise & Society, 20:1, 132-158.

Hollow, M. & Vik, P. (2016). ‘Another Step up the Ladder or Another Foot in the Grave? Re-evaluating the Role of Formal and Informal Training in the Career Development Process within Barclays Bank, 1945–80’, Management & Organizational History 11:4, 345–63.

Hollow, M. (2014). ‘Strategic Inertia, Financial Fragility and Organizational Failure: The Case of the Birkbeck Bank, 1870–1911’, Business History, 56:5 (2014), 746–64.

Hollow, M. (2014). ‘The 1920 Farrow’s Bank Fraud: A Case of Managerial Hubris?’, Journal of Management History, 20:2, 164–78.

Hollow, M. (2014). ‘Money, Morals and Motives: An Exploratory Study into Why Bank Managers and Employees Commit Fraud at Work’, Journal of Financial Crime 21:2, 174–90.

Hollow, M. (2012). ‘Utopian Urges: Visions for Reconstruction in Britain, 1940-1950’, Planning Perspectives 27:4, 569-585.

Hollow, M. (2010). ‘Governmentality on the Park Hill estate: The rationality of public housing’, Urban History, 37, 117–35.

Books & Book Chapters

Hollow, M. (2017). ‘Investigating Attitudes to Risk in British Banking’, in K. Schonharl (ed.), Decision Taking, Confidence and Risk Management in Banks from Early Modernity to the 20th Century (London: Springer), 173–88.

Hollow, M. (2016). ‘Pre-1900 Utopian Visions of the “Cashless Society”’, in B. Batiz-Lazo & L. Efthymiou (eds.), The Book of Payments: Historical and Contemporary views on the Cashless Economy (London: Palgrave), 13–22.

Hollow, M., Akinbami, F. and Michie, R. (eds.) (2016). Complexity, Crisis and the Evolution of the Financial System: Critical Perspectives on American and British Banking (London: Edward Elgar16).

Hollow, M. and Michie, R. (2015). ‘Bursting the Bubble: The 2007 Northern Rock Crisis in Historical Perspective’, in A. Brown, A. Burn, and R. Doherty (eds.), Coping with Crisis: Re-Evaluating the Role of Crises in Economic and Social History (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer), 303–23.

Hollow, M. (2014). Rogue Banking: A History of Financial Fraud in Interwar Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Full publications list






 Matthew Hollow

School for Business and Society
University of York
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York Science Park
York YO10 5ZF

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 325024
Room: CL/A/117I


Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation


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