Critical Organisation and Management Studies


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. 

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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84908

Dr Suze Wilson PhD, BA

Senior Lecturer

School of Management

My career experience includes the following:

  • Self employed consultant (2008-ongoing)
  • Director, HR, Ministry for Primary Industries (2010)
  • Tutor, Victoria University of Wellington Management School (2008-2009)
  • Deputy Commissioner, People Capability, State Services Commission (2005 -2007)
  • General Manager, HR, New Zealand Post (2002-2005)
  • HR Manager, Letters, and Employment Relations Manager, NZ Post (2000-2002)
  • Self employed consultant (1997-2000)
  • Senior Manager, Industrial Relations, Ministry of Education (1996-1997)
  • National Industrial Officer, NZ Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (1993-1996)
  • Regional Organiser, NZ Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (1991-1993)
  • President, NZ University Students Association (1990)
  • President, University of Canterbury Students Associatoin (1989)
  • Clerical worker, WINZ (1983-1985)
  • Sawmill hand (1982)

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.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 84908
    Location: 3.11, Business Studies Central
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Management - Victoria University of Wellington (2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - University of Canterbury (1989)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

leadership theory

history of leadership theory

Michel Foucault

Discourse analysis

post-positivist research methodologies

critical management studies

Research Opportunities

  • new approaches to leadership  (1/10/2013) I am interested in opportunities to collaborate with scholars or practitioners interested in exploring new ways to theorise or practice leadership


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Human Resources Management (150305): Organisation and Management Theory (150310): Organisational Behaviour (150311)


leadership coaching

team development

HR strategy

change management

organisation design and devleopment

Research Outputs


Ruth, D., Wilson, S., & Alakavuklar, ON. (2016). The pursuit of excellence: Can academics join the dots. Organizational Aesthetics. 5(2), 96-102 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Ruth, D., Wilson, S.


Prichard, GC., Almagir, F., Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., & Wilson, S. (2017). Having an impact:\Qualitative research traditions in the critical study of management and their modes of influence. In C. Cassell, A. Cunliffe,, & G. Grandy (Eds.) The Sage handbook of qualitative business and management research methods.
[Chapter]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., Prichard, G., Wilson, S.


Ruth, DW., Alakavuklar, O., Wilson, S., & Dickson, A. (2015, November). The Bridge at IROR. Presented at 6th Australasian Caucus of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (ACSCOS). Macquarie University Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., Ruth, D., Wilson, S.Contributed to by: Wilson, S.
Harding, N., Ford, J., Palmer, F., Evans, M., Eyong, J., Gladstone, J., . . . Wilson, S. (2014). The linearity of worlds and oppressions of linearity: Mapping, dreaming and imagining of workplaces. In 74th annual Meeting of the Academy of Management(pp. 216 - 216). , Academy of Management
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Palmer, F., Wilson, S.Contributed to by: Palmer, F.

Consultancy and Languages


  • since 1997 - Grace Consulting Limited
    GCL is my own company. My consulting assignments typically focus on leadership coaching, team development, HR strategy, change management or organisation design and development. Clients include: NZ Trade and Enterprise, Leadership Development Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NZ Customs Services, State Services Commission, NZ Police, Department of Corrections, NZ Qualifications Authority, ACC, Audit NZ, Education Review Office, Ministry for Social Development, Norske Skog, Careers Service, Inland Revenue, Department of Internal Affairs, Transpower, Land Information NZ.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0


Post-and under-graduate teaching experince in mangement, project management and HR management.

Extensive experience in professional devleopment for senior and middle management. 

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Vasudha Shailendra Bhide - PhD
    Gender, ethnicity and sponsoring: A phenomenological study of New Zealand women’s experiences of sponsoring.

Media and Links


  • 28 Aug 2017 - Online
    Is Jacinda the real deal?
    Op ed in Massey News
  • 25 Sep 2017 - Online, Community Service
    interview with John Peachy, Thinkfarm
    Interview with John Peachy, leadership educator
  • 22 Aug 2017 - Newspaper, Online
    We expect perfection from leaders
    Opinion piece in Dom Post/Stuff re Jacinda Adern's leadership
  • 21 Sep 2017 - Magazine
    Is Jacinda vs Bill actually leadership vs mgmt?
    op ed in Massey News re political party leadership
  • 19 Jul 2016 - Radio, Online
    What We Value In Our Leaders
    interview with Jesse Mulligan, Radio New Zealand, about my book
  • 14 Sep 2017 - Online
    How to decide who's the best leader
    Op ed in People@Massey re political leadership
  • 11 Jul 2016 - Radio
    Interview with John Peachey, Radio Rhema
    Interview with John Peachey, Radio Rhema, about my book
  • 11 Jul 2016 - Radio
    Interview with Laura Tupou, bFM, about my book
    Interview with Laura Tupou, bFM, about my book
  • 08 Sep 2017 - Newspaper
    How to decide the best leader
    Op Ed on political party leaders in NBR
  • 05 Jul 2016 - Radio, Online
    Time to move away from charismatic leaders
    Inteview with Ali Mau, Radio Live, about my book
  • 03 Jul 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    Visionary leaders: charismatic but problematic
    NZ Herald article about my book
  • 03 Jul 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    Business leaders need to ditch their hero complex
    Sunday Star Times/Stuff article about my book

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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