Critical Organisation and Management Studies

Purpose

Organisations dominate our lives. Organisations structure what, how and when we engage with others, how we live, how we work and how we understand ourselves. A world without organisations or organisation is in one sense inconceivable and terrifying but in another liberating. The Critical Organisation Studies Group is engaged in a wide range of projects that aim to interrogate, challenge and change organisations and organisation. A particular feature of a critical approach is a concern to question what is otherwise taken-for-granted, seen as normal, respectable and appropriate, and to prioritise issues of justice, fairness and equality in our analysis of organising practices. 

The Critical Organisation and Management Studies group focuses on a broad range of topics by drawing from various critical and radical social theories. 

Critical Organisation and Management Studies group members

  • Dr Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar

    Dr Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    As an organisational scholar, I draw arguments and theory from a wide range of critical social science traditions, which aim to challenge the dominant assumptions in the field of management and organisation. With my research, my aim is to create an impact on the ongoing scholarly discussions with a focus on ethics, politics and alternative models as well as go beyond the academy and access social and economic actors (e.g. policy makers, non-governmental agencies, social entrepreneurs, public organisations and social movements) addressing the current burning issues of our contemporary society.

     

  • Dr Andrew Dickson

    Dr Andrew Dickson

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    I am an organisational sociologist based interested in critical theory and its application to the wider health sector. I am an expert in radical qualitative methods such as autoethnography and in the psychoanalytic study of organisations and organising (particularly Lacanian analysis). You can follow me on Twitter: @AndrewDickson13

  • Associate Professor Craig Prichard

    Associate Professor Craig Prichard

    Associate Professor - School of Management

  • Dr Damian Ruth

    Dr Damian Ruth

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Associate Professor Janet Sayers

    Associate Professor Janet Sayers

    Associate Professor - School of Management

  • Dr Suze Wilson

    Dr Suze Wilson

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    All things to do with leadership interest me, along with an abiding interest in how we can make organisations both effective for external stakeholders and enjoyable places to work for employees. 

    My doctoral research examined why and how it has become normalized in recent decades to equate 'leadership' with grandiose expectations of 'transformation', 'vision', and 'charisma'. I argue these ideas, when examined closely, actually create undesirable pressures on leaders, grant them excessive powers, and rely on the problematic assumption that 'followers' are inherently inadequate.I am interested in theorising and practising leadership in ways that are more inclusive and humble.

Publications and projects

Academic Publications

  • Prichard, G. C., Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., Wilson, S., & Almagir, F. (2017). Having an Impact; Qualitative Research traditions in the Critical Study of Management and their modes of influence. In C. Cassell, & A. Cunliffe, (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods.
  • Prichard, G. C., Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., Wilson, S.,  (2018) The Many Critiques of Management Ideas, in  (eds, Sturdy, Heusinkveld, Reay and Strang eds.)The Oxford Handbook of Management Ideas , Oxford
  • Ruth, D., Alakavuklar, O., & Wilson, SE. (2015). Can academics join the dots?. Organization.
  • Ruth, DW., Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., & Wilson, S. (2016). The bridge at IROR. Organization.
  • Dickson, A., & Alakavuklar, ON. (2016). (un)Ordering intellectual freedom. Continental Thought & Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom. 1(1), 58-61
  • Alakavuklar, ON., Dickson, A., & Stablein, R. (2016). The alienation of scholarship in modern business schools: From Marxist material relations to the Lacanian subject. Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Funding & Initiatives

Seminars & Workshops

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