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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Dr Andrew Dickson Philosophy, Management, Management, Biochemistry

Senior Lecturer

School of Management

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

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Professional

Qualifications

  • PhD - Massey University (2011)
  • MBS - Massey University (2008)
  • BBS - Massey University (2000)
  • BSc - Massey University (2000)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

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.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

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)

Keywords

Psychoanalysis

Autoethnography

The Diet Industry

Organisational Sociology

Organisational Change

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs

Journal

Holland, K., Dickson, AG., & Dickson, AJ. (2017). ‘To the horror of experts’: Reading beneath scholarship on pro-ana online communities. Critical Public Health. forthcoming
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Ruth, DW., Wilson, S., Alakavuklar, O., & Dickson, A. (2017). Anxious academics: Talking back to the audit culture through collegial, critical and creative autoethnography. Culture and Organization.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A., Ruth, D.
Alakavuklar, ON., & Dickson, A. (2016). Social movements, resistance and social change in Aotearoa/New Zealand: an intervention for dialogue, collaboration and synergy. Kotuitui. 11(2), 83-88
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A.
Ruth, DW., Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., & Wilson, S. (2016). The bridge at IROR. Organization.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A., Ruth, D.
Dickson, A., & Alakavuklar, ON. (2016). (un)Ordering intellectual freedom. Continental Thought & Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom. 1(1), 58-61 Retrieved from http://ctt.canterbury.ac.nz/about-ctt/
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG., & Holland, K. (2016). Hysterical inquiry and autoethnography: A Lacanian alternative to institutionalized ethical commandments. Current Sociology. 65(1), 133-148
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
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.
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A.
Wilson, S., & Dickson, A. (2016). Shifting sands: The positioning of the follower in leadership theorizing. Organization.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Warbrick, I., Dickson, A., Prince, R., & Heke, I. (2016). The biopolitics of Māori biomass: towards a new epistemology for Māori health in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Critical Public Health. 26(4), 394-404
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A., Prince, R.
Dickson, A. (2015). Hysterical blokes and the other's jouissance. Gender, Work and Organization. 22(2), 139-147
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, A. (2015). Re:living the body mass index: How A Lacanian autoethnography can inform public health practice. Critical Public Health. 25(4), 474-487
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, A. (2011). The jouissance of the Lard(er): Gender, desire and anxiety in the weight-loss industry. Culture and Organization. 17(4), 313-328
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Pausé, C., Brown, S., Carryer, J., Wolber, F., Finn, L., Longhurst, R., . . . Dickson, A. (2011). Response to letter 'New Zealand's shocking diabetes rates can be reduced-9 urgently needed actions'. New Zealand Medical Journal. 124(1343), 87-89
[Journal article]Authored by: Cain, T., Carryer, J., Dickson, A., Pause, C., Wolber, F.

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.

Conference

Dresler, EK., & Dickson, A. (2017). (Re)minding the unconscious: Mindfulness and the leadershit industry. , Doing Business with the Unconscious
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dickson, A., Dresler, E.
Dresler, EK., & Dickson, A. (2017). Minding the Unconscious: Mindfulness, Social Dukkha and Leadership. , Doing Business with the Unconscious
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dickson, A., Dresler, E.
Dickson, AG.The business of anorexia: Expertly mediating the (consumptive) real. . Otago University, Dunedin
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, A., & Alakavuklar, ON. (2016, September). Global capital playing the role of the pseudo-hysteric: An analysis of a protest. Presented at Social movements, resistance and social change III: The academic and activist interface. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A.
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.
Dickson, AG., & Zeiher, C.How are we enjoying? Some notes on attempting to harness a semblance of feminine jouissance in the neoliberal workplace.. . University of New South Wales, Sydney
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.Surviving modernity's 'fadism': Exploring the potential ethics of ancestral health. . Massey University, Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Catley, BE., & Dickson, A. (2014). Shrouds of violence: Revealing acts of workplace violence. In A. Hermens, S. Benn, K. Redfern, M. dela Rama, A. Fee, S. Harris, . . . B. Perrott (Eds.) 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Reshaping Management for Impact. (pp. 92 - 92). : 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Catley, B., Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.Body Mass, Public Perceptions and the Psycho-Sociology of the Endurance Athlete. . Wanaka
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG., & Catley, B. (2014, December). Shrouds of Violence: Revealing Acts of Workplace Violence. Presented at Australia New Zealand Academy of Management. UTS, Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.Society’s discontent : Profiting from dismay in the health sector. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG. (2012, July). Autoethnography, Fat Studies and Endurance Running: “The case of the fat athlete”. Presented at Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections 2012. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.Perhaps fat is not a feminist issue: Masculine fat in the phallic-symbolic order. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.The (thin) Master and the (fat) Hysteric Lacanian discourse theory and the 'obesity epidemic'. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.The Jouissance of the Lard(er): Anxiety in weight loss. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.The Jouissance of the Lard(er): Gender, desire and anxiety. . Sydney
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.'Centre's of Research Excellence' scheme: An immutable mobile?. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • September - October 2013 - New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER)
    Evaluation of economic impact in the science sector

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Ellen Nelson - PhD
    The Experiences of Women Officers who have Left the NZ Army

Media and Links

Media

  • 31 Aug 2014 - Newspaper
    Anti-sugar campaigners 'wowsers'
  • 29 Dec 2016 - Newspaper
    Andrew Dickson: Taking the weight off our minds
    Opinion editorial in The Herald
  • 27 Jun 2017 - Online
    Body mass and evolution: why the body mass index
    Article in The Conversation website: Charles Darwin died in 1882 at the age of 73, likely of a heart attack. At the time, the average life span in England was about 44 years. Darwin, by any stretch of
  • 27 Jul 2017 - Online
    The leadership industry has infected...
    Article in The Spinoff website: ‘Leadership’ positions are reportedly set to skyrocket under a new DHB restructure plan. But what’s needed isn’t yet more overpaid leaders, writes Andrew Dickson – it’s
  • 25 May 2013 - Newspaper
    Nicky Pellegrino: Change your attitude and keep
  • 24 Jul 2013 - Newspaper
    Parents blind to kids' fat problem
    Commentary
  • 23 May 2017 - Newspaper
    Food providers more about weight anxiety
    Opinion Editorial
  • 23 Jul 2012 - Newspaper
    'Big' runner seeks Clydesdale category
  • 20 Mar 2015 - Newspaper
    Milk for Schools – great programme, wrong product
    Opinion Editorial for National Business Review
  • 16 Sep 2016 - Newspaper
    Doing Business with the Unconscious - Part 3
    Beyond the Leadership Industry
  • 16 May 2013 - Newspaper
    Andrew Dickson: Unethical weight loss mantra
  • 14 Jul 2012 - Magazine
    Weight! There's more
    NZ Listener
  • 14 Jul 2012 - Radio
    Losing Weight: Andrew Dickson
    Saturday morning with Kim Hill: National Radio
  • 13 Jul 2012 - Television
    Fit and fat: A weighty issue
    Close Up: TVNZ
  • 10 Jun 2014 - Newspaper
    Focus on fat puts thin at risk
  • 10 Jul 2013 - Newspaper
    Fighting for fat pride
  • 10 Jul 2013 - Newspaper
    Teacher tries anti-diet approach
  • 10 Jul 2013 - Radio
    The Anti-Diet
    Afternoons with Jim Mora: National Radio
  • 09 Sep 2016 - Newspaper
    Doing Business with the Unconscious - Part 2
    The Social Bond
  • 09 Dec 2016 - Magazine
    Weight: There's more
    Interview in The Listener
  • 07 Jun 2012 - Newspaper
    Weight-loss industry feeds of fat anxiety
  • 07 Jul 2014 - Online
    QOTD: Andrew Dickson and Bill Kaye-Blake
  • 07 Jul 2012 - Newspaper
    Shedding the obesity myth
    NZ Herald
  • 07 Jan 2017 - Magazine
    Mind over platter: Does mindful eating actually...
    Interviewed for feature on Mindfulness
  • 06 Jun 2014 - Newspaper
    Look at the illness, not the fantasy
    Commentry
  • 05 Jun 2016 - Newspaper
    Mindfulness: Is living in the here and now...
    Interviewed for this newspaper article
  • 04 Oct 2012 - Newspaper
    Andrew Dickson: Weight-loss plan feeds anxiety
  • 02 Sep 2016 - Newspaper
    Doing Business with the Unconscious - Part 1
    Managing the Other
  • 01 Jul 2014 - Newspaper
    Food label scheme under fire

Other Links

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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