Dr Bogdan Costea

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Research Interests

In my research, I pursue three main lines of investigation and analysis: subjectivity, work and managerialism in the context of modernity.  These three areas of concern are underlaid by a common thread that directly yet ambiguously connects the growth and empowerment of Human Resources Management during the past quarter-century with wider developments in the social sciences and the humanities.  On the one hand, the societal power of the HRM project has increased as the managers’ “right to manage” has been emancipated from previous constraints.  On the other hand, however, this increase in power, the right not simply to absorb agency but to develop and control the social reproduction of identity, results in a situation in which HRM is in principle called upon to assume ethical responsibilities that extend far wider beyond the institutional and cultural boundaries of work.  The three core topoi of subjectivity, work and managerialism are points d'appui, fulcra through which I seek to explore the ways in which core philosophical arguments about the nature of the self, the meanings and implications of work, and human organisation reappear encoded in management studies.  This type of investigation necessarily correlates my relevant field research of exemplary management ideas and practices with the relevant academic theorisations and analyses in management studies.  My research frames this immanent correlation located in the HRM project within the broader context of the history and present state of social sciences and the humanities (the full manifold of les sciences humaines).  The aim of this inquiry is to open up essential lines of communication with this latter  wider community.  My research involves collaboration with practitioners and theorists in both spheres in order to grasp the complex and inadequately understood relationship between ever-growing managerial power and a social order that seeks to renew itself in democratic terms.

The projection of time in management education
Costea, B., Amiridis, K., Crump, N. 2014 In: Management and Organizational History.
Journal article

Graduate employability and the principle of potentiality: an aspect of the ethics of HRM
Costea, B., Amiridis, K., Crump, N. 11/2012 In: Journal of Business Ethics. 111, 1, p. 25-36. 12 p.
Journal article

Diversity, uniqueness, and images of human resourcefulness
Costea, B. 16/04/2012 In: Handbook of gender, work and organization. Chichester : John Wiley and Sons p. 333-346. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

In pursuit of the ambidextrous graduate: potentiality between exploration and exploitation
Costea, B., Amiridis, K., Crump, N. 2012 In: Managing ‘Human Resources’ by Exploiting and Exploring People’s Potentials. Emerald p. 53-74. 22 p. ISBN: 978-1-78190-505-0. Electronic ISBN: 978-1-78190-506-7.
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The movement of nihilism as self-assertion
Costea, B., Amiridis, K. 2011 In: The Movement of Nihilism: Heidegger's Thinking After Nietzsche. London : Continuum International Publishing Group p. 8-24. 17 p. ISBN: 9781441168092.
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Heidegger’s ‘Movement of Nihilism’ as Political and Metaphysical Critique
Hemming, L.P., Costea, B., Amiridis, K. 2011 In: The Movement of Nihilism: Heidegger's Thinking After Nietzsche. London : Continuum International Publishing Group p. 25-38. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Diversity, Uniqueness and Human Resourcefulness
Costea, B. 2011 In: Handbook of Gender, Work and Organization. Chichester : John Wiley and Sons p. 333-346. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The global reordering of managerialism
Brigham, M., Costea, B. 2010 In: 26th European Group for Organisation Studies Colloquium (Lisbon) - 2010. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

On the mystery of the other and diversity management
Costea, B., Introna, L. 2008 In: Phenomenology, Organisation, and Technology. Lisbon : Universidade Católica Editora and POT Books
Chapter

On the mystery of the other and diversity management
Costea, B., Introna, L. 2008 In: Phenomenology, organisation and technology. Lisbon : Universidade Católica Editora and POT Books ISBN: 9789725401354.
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Managerialism, the therapeutic habitus and the self in contemporary organising.
Costea, B., Crump, N., Amiridis, K. 2008 In: Human Relations. 61, 5, p. 661-685. 25 p.
Journal article

Phenomenology, conceptual history and the interpretation of managerial discourses.
Costea, B., Crump, N., Holm, J. 2008 In: Phenomenology, Organisation and Technology. Lisbon : Universidade Catolica Editora p. 251-276. 26 p. ISBN: 978-972-54-0135-4.
Chapter

A historical-cultural approach to the study of business ethics using the modern novel: an illustration.
Crump, N., Amiridis, K., Costea, B. 08/2007 In: Management and Organizational History. 2, 3, p. 237-254. 18 p.
Journal article

Managerialism and "infinite human resourcefulness" : a commentary upon the "therapeutic habitus", "derecognition of finitude" and the modern sense of self.
Costea, B., Crump, N., Amiridis, K. 07/2007 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 11, 3, p. 245-264. 20 p.
Journal article

The Ethos of Business in H.G. Wells� Novel The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman (1914).
Costea, B., Amiridis, K. 01/2007 In: Journal of Management History. 13, 1, p. 21-32. 12 p.
Journal article

Managerialism and "Infinite Human Resourcefulness": a commentary on the "Therapeutic Habitus", "Derecognition of Finitude" and the modern sense of self
Costea, B., Crump, N., Amiridis, K. 2007 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 11, 3, p. 245-264. 20 p.
Journal article

The ethos of business in H.G. Wells' Novel 'The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman'
Costea, B., Amiridis, K. 2007 In: Journal of Management History. 13, 1
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The spectre of Dionysus: play, work, and managerialism
Costea, B., Crump, N., Holm, J. 2007 In: Society and Business Review. 2, 2, p. 153-165. 13 p.
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Conceptual history and the interpretation of managerial ideologies
Costea, B., Crump, N., Holm, J. 2006 In: Management and Organizational History. 1, 2, p. 159-175. 17 p.
Journal article

Self and other in everyday existence: a mystery not a problem
Costea, B., Introna, L. 2005 In: Organization and Identity. London and New York : Routledge p. 60-85. 26 p. ISBN: 0415322316.
Chapter

Dionysus at work? The ethos of play and the ethos of management
Costea, B., Crump, N., Holm, J. 2005 In: Culture and Organization. 11, 2, p. 139-151. 13 p.
Journal article

Self and Other in Everyday Existence: A Mystery Not A Problem.
Costea, B., Introna, L. 2005 In: Organisation and Identity. London, New York : Routledge p. 60-86. 27 p. ISBN: 0-415-32231-6.
Chapter

The managerialised spirit of capitalism (book review)
Costea, B. 2004 In: Organization. 11, 5, p. 718-720. 3 p.
Journal article

Self and other in everyday existence: a mystery not a problem
Costea, B., Introna, L. 2004 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
Working paper

On cognition and action in organisational life: management and the situated body in-the-world
Costea, B., Introna, L. 2004 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
Working paper

On cognition and action in organisational life: management and the situated body in-the-world
Introna, L., Costea, B. 2004
Speech

Pedagogical Objects in Management Education: A Cultural-Historical Critique
Costea, B., Crump, N. 07/2003
Conference paper

Pedagogical objects in management education: a cultural-historical critique
Crump, N., Costea, B. 2003 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
Working paper

Teaching OB as Propaedeutic.
Costea, B., Crump, N. 2002 In: Educational Innovation in Economics and Business VI: Teaching Today the Knowledge of Tomorrow. Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publishers p. 235-251. 17 p. ISBN: 1-4020-0478-8.
Chapter

On why we do not think before, while or after we act: cognition and action in organisational life
Costea, B. 2001 In: Management and Organisation Cognition: Proceedings of the 8th Workshop (EAISM, Paris ) - 2001. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Time and the conceptual problems of the temporal dimension of business education discourse
Costea, B. 2000 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
Working paper

Existence philosophy and the work of Martin Heidegger: human diversity as ontological problem (related to mainstream management education)
Costea, B. 2000 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
Working paper

International MBAs and globalisation: celebration or end of diversity?
Costea, B. 1999 In: Human Resource Development International. 2, 4, p. 309-313. 5 p.
Journal article

Introducing organisational behaviour: issues in course design
Crump, N., Costea, B. 1999 In: Education and Training. 41, 9, p. 403-415. 13 p.
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Introducing management and organisation studies: issues in undergraduate curriculum design.
Costea, B., Crump, N. 1999 In: Education and Training. 41, 8, p. 403-415. 13 p.
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