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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 have been working for Massey University since June 2013. In my research 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. My research is organised broadly into three main themes: ethics and politics of organising, the role of management education and business schools, and alternative forms of organising.
Currently I study about non-capitalist value creation and appropriation in the case of free food store. The aim of this research project is to introduce the idea of 'goodness value' appropriated in different economic, symbolic and political forms by the stakeholders of the free food store.
I am a collective editorial member of ephemera: theory and politics in organization, advisory board member for Counterfutures and editorial board member for Protest, Media and Culture Book Series published by Rowman and Littlefield.
In the school I am involved in organising reading groups, research seminars, workshops or meetings that foster academic discussions and collegiality. In 2014, I organised a workshop with the title 'Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change in New Zealand’ which featured scholars and activists and was funded by Massey University Research Fund-MURF. This initiative turned into a series of national conferences bringing activists and academics together to discuss about ways of social change in Aotearoa New Zealand.
As an outcome of the first gathering, a research network is built up on eSocSci called 'Social movements, activism and social change in Aotearoa New Zealand' which is open to anyone having interest in the topic.
In relation to follow-up of the workshop, I co-edited a special issue with Andrew Dickson for Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online on Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change in Aotearoa New Zealand
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.
My research interests revolve around three main themes,
Ethics and politics of organising: My research focuses on the intersection of ethical assumptions and power dynamics in/around organisations. In addition to studying power/resistance dynamics in organisations, I analyse CSR, sustainability and ethical claims of organisational practices from a critical point of view.
Management education and business schools: My main aim is to problematize the dominant practices and assumptions related to management education and business schools to argue for a more responsible and critical role for management scholars and business education which should become part of the solutions instead of contributing to or neglecting the ongoing socio-economic problems. As a part of this broad theme, I study the ways of localising management knowledge which also resonates with my teaching philosophy.
Alternative forms of organising: I study non-capitalist forms of organising including social movements, activism and community organising practices. I argue that such organising forms have potential for unorthodox and challenging solutions to socio-economic and environmental issues. Studying alternative forms of organising based on food has opened up a totally new and exciting space to ask broader questions around food (over)production, waste, sustainability, ethical assumptions and role of community organizing.
In terms of theoretical resources, I mostly rely on Marxian political economy and post-Marxist theoretical frameworks.
21st Century Citizenship, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Organisation and Management Theory (150310):
Social Change (160805): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)
Food activism and social movements
Critical management education
Alternative forms of organising
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