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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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I am a lecturer in Organisation Studies. I hold undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and business. My research interests involve applying a psychoanalytic lens to topics in the wider ‘health’ industry including: the impact of managerialism; gender relations; and embodied alienation in the sport sector. My PhD research was specifically on the weight-loss industry, where I used radical psychanalytic theory to understand how the diet industry produces faithful consumers.
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
My research interests revolve around the use of psychoanalysis to critically consider the structure and function of organisations and institutions, particularly in the 'health' sector I am also interested in the use of critical qualitative research methods such as autoethnography.
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Organisation and Management Theory (150310): Organisational Behaviour (150311):
Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (179900): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Public Health and Health Services (111700): Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799):
Social Theory (160806): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)
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Last updated on Monday 21 May 2018