Research areas and keywords
UKÄ subject classification
- Business Administration
I am a visiting Professor at LUSEM and a Professor of Organizational Theory at University of Bath. I have carried out research on organizational storytelling and narratives, psychoanalytic studies of work and the culture and politics of contemporary consumption. I have used stories and narratives as ways of studying numerous social and organizational phenomena including leader-follower relations, group dynamics and fantasies, the management of change, innovation and knowledge transfer. I am the founder of the Organizational Storytelling Seminar series, now in its eighteenth year. I am the author of ten books, most recently Return to Meaning, OUP 2017 (with Alvesson and Paulsen) and I maintain an active blog in which I discuss music, storytelling, books, cooking, pedagogy, and research outside the constraints of academic publishing. I have been editor of Management Learning, associate editor of Human Relations and am currently Senior Editor of Organization Studies. My enduring fascination as a researcher and educator lies in the unpredictability and complexity of organizational life.
My current research includes work on the importance of an ethic of care in health and education, nostalgia and conspiracy theories as narratives of populist and extreme right-win political ideologies, and the experiences of unemployed managers and professionals laid off during the recent economic recession.
I have written a number of textbooks, including Organizing and Organization (Sage 2009, with Fineman and Sims), Organizations in Depth (1999) and The Unmanageable Consumer (Sage 2015, with Tim Lang) and have carried out research into the experiences of students in the classroom, leading to articles on the nature of management and professional knowledge, the psychodynamics of learning groups, and the dilemmas facing leadership education in our times.
Recent research outputs
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
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