Category: Oral History

Why family businesses resist company histories

Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply understands the value of its corporate history. "Finally all the facts, dates, and stories are together in one place. We love our book!" said VP Kristin Dempsey, pictured between her dad, founder Patrick Dempsey, and brother PJ, the current CEO.
Family businesses often resist corporate histories. Why? A few reasons we hear: “We know our history already.” “Why spill secrets to the competition?” “Will future generations care?” “Why spend the money?” Some questions in return: “Why miss the chance to celebrate and strengthen the brand you worked[...]
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How Much Does a Corporate History Cost?

At CorporateHistory.net, the price of a corporate history book, consulting engagement, or other deliverable ranges from the mid-five figures upward, depending on key variables.
Prices for corporate history publications, books, and campaigns range from the mid-five figures to the mid-six figures. Many variables are involved, as is true of any customized product. These seven key parameters help determine corporate history and business anniversary pricing. They reflect more than 15 years of[...]
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The Value of Talking About Your Work

"Many people liberated from the commute have experienced a void they can't quite name."--from The Atlantic article "Admit It, You Miss Your Commute" (Photo credit: Shutterstock/Eduard Moldoveanu)
People like to talk about their work, whether they love or hate their work. One of the values of chronicling your corporate history or oral history program is that it gets those conversations going—not just about current work, but about career arcs and the value of work[...]
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Which TV workplace does yours resemble?

ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST -- "I've Got The Music In Me" Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Skylar Astin as Max; Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke; John Clarence Stewart as Simon -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC Copyright 2019 NBC Universal Media, LLC)
Where would you be happiest working? For high adrenaline types, M*A*S*H (1972-1983) is ideal. The stakes are always high at the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital 4077 in the Korean War. Everything is life or death in a war zone that makes no sense. The docs and nurses[...]
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