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. 

Critical Organisation and Management Studies group members

  • Dr Andrew Dickson

    Dr Andrew Dickson

    Senior Lecturer - School of People, Environment and Planning

    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

  • Dr Damian Ruth

    Dr Damian Ruth

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Associate Professor Janet Sayers

    Associate Professor Janet Sayers

    Associate Professor - School of Management

    Dr. Janet Sayers is interested in the idea of the 'human' in relation to pressures from, on the one hand, technology, and on the other, our relationship with the 'natural' world and ecological crisis. She uses concepts and tools from the humanities, including narrative/story and literature analysis, cultural studies and especially the new wave of critical feminist posthumanism, to critique business challenges in novel and engaging ways to help shift practice towards more sustainable and ethical relations with each other, non-human animals and the larger ecology. She has published widely on technology, diversity, entrepreneurship and non-human animals and organization. 

  • Dr Suze Wilson

    Dr Suze Wilson

    Senior Lecturer - Massey Executive Development

    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.

Publications and projects

Academic Publications

  • Ruth, D., Wilson, S., Alakavuklar, O., & Dickson, A. (2018). Anxious academics: talking back to the audit culture through collegial, critical and creative autoethnography. Culture and Organization. 24(2), 154-170
  • Martin, LA., Edwards, M., & Sayers, JG. (2018). A “novel” Discovery: Exploring women's literary fiction for use in management and leadership education. Academy of Management Learning and Education. 17(1), 24-40
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Alakavuklar, ON., Dickson, AG., & Stablein, R. (2017). The alienation of scholarship in modern business schools: From marxist material relations to the Lacanian subject. Academy of Management Learning and Education. 16(3), 454-468
  • Ruth, DW. (2017). What is your MBA for? What’s the story?. Management Learning. 48(1), 7-22
  • 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
  • Sayers, JG. (2016). A report to an academy: On carnophallogocentrism, pigs and meat-writing. Organization. 23(3), 370-386
  • Wilson, S.(2016). Thinking differently about leadership: A critical history of leadership studies. : Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • 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.
  • Ruth, D., Alakavuklar, O., & Wilson, SE. (2015). Can academics join the dots?. Organization.
  • Prichard, C. (2014). Introduction: What have we done with Higher Education?. Organization. 21(2), 266-267 Retrieved from

Funding & Initiatives

Seminars & Workshops