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. 

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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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Professional

Contact details

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

Qualifications

  • 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

Thematics

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)

Keywords

leadership coaching

team development

HR strategy

change management

organisation design and devleopment

Research Outputs

Journal

Ruth, D., Wilson, S., & Alakavuklar, ON. (2016). The pursuit of excellence: Can academics join the dots. Organizational Aesthetics. 5(2), 96-102 Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.wpi.edu/oa/vol5/iss2/12?utm_source=digitalcommons.wpi.edu/oa/vol5/iss2/12&utm_medium=PDF&utm_campaign=PDFCoverPages
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Ruth, D., Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2015). Interrogating the truth: Michel Foucault's methods of inquiry. : international Leadership Association
[Internet publication]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2014). The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership: A Critical Perspective by Dennis Tourish, reviewed by Suze Wilson. Organization: the interdisciplinary journal of organization, theory and society.
[Book Review]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2013). Situated knowledge: A Foucauldian analysis of ancient and modern classics of leadership thought. Leadership. 9(1), 43-61 Retrieved from http://lea.sagepub.com/content/9/1/43.abstract
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilson, S.

Book

Prichard, GC., 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,, & G. Grandy (Eds.) The Sage handbook of qualitative business and management research methods.
[Chapter]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., Prichard, G., Wilson, S.
Wilson, S., Cummings, S., Jackson, B., & Proctor-Thomson, SB.(2017). Revitalising leadership: Putting theory and practice into context. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Group
[Authored Book]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S.(2016). Thinking differently about leadership: A critical history of leadership studies. : Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
[Authored Book]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S., & Proctor-Thomson, S. (2014). Unleashed? Developing creativity-friendly leadership theory. In C. Bilton, & S. Cummings (Eds.) Handbook Of Management And Creativity. (pp. 211 - 229). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar
[Chapter]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2013). Viewpoint: The authentic leader reconsidered: integrating the marvellous, mundane and mendacious. In D. Ladkin, & C. Spiller (Eds.) Authentic leadership: Clashes, convergences and coalescences. (pp. 55 - 64). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar
[Chapter]Authored by: Wilson, S.

Creative Work

Wilson, S. (2015) Review of "Who needs Bollywood?". [Exhibition] Organizational Aesthetics
[Artwork]Authored by: Wilson, S.

Thesis

Wilson, S. (2013). Thinking differently about leadership: A critical history of the form and formation of leadership studies. (Doctoral Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Wilson, S.

Conference

Wilson, S., & Jackson, B. (2016, December). Creating leadership in leadership studies: From preaching to practice. Presented at International studying leadership conference. University of Edinburgh Business School.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2016, December). Embracing context in leadership theory-building: A framework. Presented at International studying leadership conference. University of Edinburgh Business School.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S., & Jackson, B.Creating leadership in leadership studies: From preaching to practice. . Edinburgh
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S.Embracing context in leadership theory-building: A framework. . Edinburgh
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2015, August). Questionning progress and innocence: An inconvenient analysis of the field of leadership studies. Presented at 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Vancouver, BC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2015, December). A critical issue for critical leadership studies: Calling time on the search for the essence of leadership. Presented at 14th International Studying Leadership Conference. Lancaster University, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S.A critical issue for critical leadership studies: Calling time on the search for the essence of the leadership. . Lancaster University, UK
[Conference Paper]Authored by: 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.
Wilson, S.From Outside the Laboratory: An Alternative History of Leadership Studies. . Barcelona, Spain
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2015). Questionning progress and innocence: An inconvenient analysis of the field of leadership studies. http://papers.aomonline.org/2015/. : 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored 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.
Wilson, S. (2014, August). The maintenance of leader-centricity via the discursive subjugation of the follower. Presented at 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Philadelphia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2014). The maintenance of leader-centricity via the discursive subjugation of the follower. 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. : 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S., Cummings, S., & Proctor-Thomson, SB. (2012, August). What lies behind the progress of 'transformational leadership'? Using Foucault to think critically about the development of leadership studies. Presented at 72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S., Cummings, S., & Proctor-Thomson, SB. (2012). What lies behind the progress of 'transformational leadership'? Using Foucault to think critically about the development of leadership studies. 72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. : 72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2011, December). Interpreting and Operationalising Foucault: A case study. Presented at 25th Annual Australia New Zealand Academy of Management Conference.. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2011). Interpreting and operationalizing Foucault: A case study. 25th Annual Australia New Zealand Academy of Management Conference.. : 25th Annual Australia New Zealand Academy of Management Conference.
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Wilson, S.
Wilson, S. (2010, December). Change and continuity in leadership knowledge: A Foucauldian analysis of Classical Greek and Transformational Leadership theories. Presented at 9th International Studying Leadership Conference. Lund University, Sweden.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Wilson, S.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 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

Teaching

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

Media

  • 28 Aug 2017 - Online
    Is Jacinda the real deal?
    Op ed in Massey News
  • 22 Aug 2017 - Newspaper, Online
    We expect perfection from leaders
    Opinion piece in Dom Post/Stuff re Jacinda Adern's 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 do 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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