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date: 04 July 2020

(p. v) Acknowledgments

(p. v) Acknowledgments

Looking back over the acknowledgments pages of Oxford Handbooks in this series, a remarkable number of them begin with the same sentence. “The idea for this handbook came initially from David Musson, the Business and Management Editor at Oxford University Press.” David Musson has occupied the role of Commissioning Editor at OUP for so many years now that, for most of us, we cannot imagine a time before him.

From our very first academic conference he has always been there, working quietly away over a strong coffee and a cigarette, engaged in the mysterious task of “commissioning.” Sometimes he can be observed feigning mild interest as he listens courteously and carefully to an eager scholar pitching their improbable proposal for a pet project. On other occasions, it is David himself who is making the pitch, perhaps to a potential Handbook editor who knows the phenomenal amount of work involved in creating such a volume and is reluctant to take on that task. David plays a long game and, like a Canadian Mountie, always gets his man (or woman in my case).

So thank you David for your relentless “encouragement” to take on this task. You were right—this book did need to be written. Thank you for believing that we were the ones to write it.

LE (p. vi)