Andrew Fincham is a researcher in the school of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK, seeking evidence and explanations for the causal relationship between business success and ethics. His doctoral thesis addressed the ‘Causes of Quaker Commercial Success 1689-c.1750’, which applied Social Network Theory to account for the importance of Quaker Discipline.
Recent publications have engaged with ethics and corporate social responsibility, the evolution of transatlantic Quaker discipline, the nature of the ‘Wigan Diggers’, and business management history. His research is concerned with understanding the links between Quakers, their values, and commercial success, and their implications for responsible corporate governance.
His current areas of interest include a revision of eighteenth century Quaker historiography, and an exploration of counter-arguments to Max Weber’s ‘Protestant Ethic’. His innovative statistical model of Quaker populations 1680-1800 was shortlisted for the 2019 Michael K. O’Rourke Research Publication Award.