Management, organisations and society

All kinds of organisations and their management ideas, values, structures, and practices influence our contemporary lives. Cutting across all of the Department’s research is, therefore, a concern with the origins of contemporary forms of management and organising, their impacts on society, and the way various functional areas of management acquire their legitimacy. Questions about the role of management education in a world which is profoundly global and interdependent are also of concern.

Research considers in particular:

  • How we come to rely on certain conceptions of what ‘good management’ is and what a ‘good organisation’ looks and acts like? Pete Thomas has explored the discursive construction of the idea of strategic management, and Bev Evans has examined how new management policy is implemented in secondary education and with Norman Crump also in health sector organisations. Bernadette Loacker has explored what is constituted as ‘good (self)management’ in both the traditional career discourse and the more recent enterprise discourse.
  • How might ideas from the humanities and social sciences inform theorising of contemporary management?  For example, the link between management thinking and its relation to question of finitude in contemporary culture have been explored by Bogdan Costea, Kostas Amiridis and Norman Crump. Bogdan Costea and Laurence Hemming have translated the work of Ernst Jünger on European thinking about work, management and society throughout the 20th Century, and drawn on the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger to examine questions about values in the modern society.
  • Relatedly, what might management education informed by the humanities and social sciences look like? For example, Bogdan Costea, Kostas Amiridis and Norman Crump have examined the dominant paradigm in undergraduate management education and its critique.

Members: Kostas Amiridis, Bogdan Costea, Norman Crump, Bev Evans, Laurence Hemming, Bernadette Loacker, Lara Pecis, Pete Thomas