Mats Alvesson

Mats Alvesson


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My current research projects focus on leadership, functional stupidity in organizations and experiences of bureaucracy and managerial work in universities.  My research interests include critical theory, gender, power, management of professional service (knowledge intensive) organizations, leadership, identity, organizational image, organizational culture and symbolism, qualitative methods and philosophy of science. My most recent books include Return to Meaning (Oxford University Press 2017), Reflexive Leadership (Sage, 2017, with Martin Blom and Stefan Sveningsson),The Stupidity Paradox (Profile 2016, with André Spicer), Managerial Lives (Cambridge univ Press 2016, with Stefan Sveningsson),The Triumph of Emptiness (Oxford University Press 2013), Qualitative Research and Theory Development (Sage 2011, with Dan Kärreman), Constructing Research Questions. (Sage 2013, with J Sandberg) Interpreting Interviews (Sage 2011), Metaphors We Lead By: Understanding leadership in the real world. (Routledge 2011, ed with André Spicer), Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies (Oxford University Press, edited with Todd Bridgman and Hugh Willmott). Understanding gender and organizations (Sage, 2009, 2nd ed with Yvonne Billing), Reflexive methodology (Sage, 2009,  2nd ed, with Kaj Skoldberg), Changing organizational culture (Routledge 2015 2nd ed, with Stefan Sveningsson), and Knowledge work and knowledge-intensive firms (Oxford University Press,2004). 

I currently teach courses on qualititative methods, knowledge work, and organizational change at the PhD and masters levels at Lund University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Business Administration


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