Professor David Collinson

Head of Department, Professor

Research Interests

My research adopts a critical approach to leadership, management and organisation. Informed by post-structuralist perspectives on power/subjectivity and gender/masculinity, current research focuses on the situated and dialectical nature of relationships between 'leaders' and 'followers'. It is particularly concerned to examine ‘identity-security’ strategies and their personal, social and organisational effects. Over the past thirty years, I have conducted empirical research within various sectors from computing, insurance and engineering to North Sea oil and further education. In 2009 I completed a three year secondment as the National Research Director (2006-2009) for the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL)/Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), leading over 90 HE and practitioner research projects in the UK learning and skills sector.

I am the founding co-editor (with Keith Grint) of the peer reviewed, international journal 'Leadership'. In its first year the journal attracted online subscriptions from 105 countries. The journal has established a reputation for critical, high quality and cutting-edge leadership research. In 2010 the journal was accepted into Thomson ISI Social Science Citation Index. I am also co-organiser of the 'International Studying Leadership Conference'. This meeting was held at Lancaster University in 2003 and 2005, and has also been hosted at the Universities of Oxford, Exeter, Cranfield, Warwick, Auckland, Birmingham, Lund and in Rome. Authors of papers presenting their research at the conferences are encouraged to submit their work for peer review in 'Leadership'.

 

 

Rethinking global leadership development programmes: The Interrelated Significance of Power, Context and Identity
Gagnon, S., Collinson, D. 04/2014 In: Organization Studies. 35, 4
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Dichotomies, dialectics and dilemmas: new directions for critical leadership studies?
Collinson, D. 02/2014 In: Leadership. 10, 1, p. 36–55. 19 p.
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Taking the obvious apart: critical approaches to men, masculinities and the gendered dynamics of leadership
Hearn, J., Collinson, D. 2014 In: Gender in organizations. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 73-92. 20 p. ISBN: 9781781955703.
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Prozac Leadership and the limits of positive thinking
Collinson, D. 05/2012 In: Leadership. 8, 2, p. 87-107. 21 p.
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In search of the perfect manager? Work-life balance and managerial work
Ford, J., Collinson, D.L. 06/2011 In: Work, Employment and Society. 25, 2, p. 257-273. 17 p.
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Introduction and overview
Collinson, D.L., Grint, K., Jackson, B. 2011 In: Leadership Volume 1: 1947-1985. London : Sage p. xvii-xliii. 27 p. ISBN: 9780857021441.
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Dialectics of leadership
Collinson, D.L. 2011 In: Leadership Volume 4: 2005-2009. London : Sage p. 27-48. 22 p. ISBN: 9780857021441.
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Preface
Bryman, A., Collinson, D.L., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Uhl-Bien, M. 2011 In: The Sage Handbook of Leadership. London : Sage p. ix-xii. 4 p. ISBN: 9781848601468.
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Blended leadership
Collinson, D.L., Collinson, M. 2011 In: Educational Leadership: Context, Strategy and Collaboration. London : Sage p. 308-323. 16 p. ISBN: 9781446201633.
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Leadership : Volume 4. 2005-2009
Collinson, D.L., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Johnson, S. 2011 London : Sage. ISBN: 9780857021441.
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Leadership : Volume 3. 2000-2005
Collinson, D.L., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Johnson, S. 2011 London : Sage. ISBN: 9780857021441.
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Leadership : Volume 2. 1987-1999
Collinson, D.L., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Johnson, S. 2011 London : Sage. ISBN: 9780857021441.
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Critical leadership studies
Collinson, D.L. 2011 In: The Sage Handbook of Leadership. London : Sage p. 179-192. 14 p. ISBN: 9781848601468.
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The Sage Handbook of Leadership
Bryman, A., Collinson, D.L., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Uhl-Bien, M. 2011 Los Angeles : Sage. 551 p. ISBN: 9781848601468.
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Leadership : Volume 1. 1947-1985
Collinson, D.L., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Johnson, S. 2011 London : Sage. ISBN: 9780857021441.
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Elizabeth 1st
Collinson, D.L., Collinson, M. 2010 In: Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History. Great Barrington : Multilingual Matters ISBN: 9781933782652.
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Identities and insecurities: selves at work
Collinson, D.L. 2010 In: Sage Directions in Organization Studies. London : Sage p. 189-208. 20 p.
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Satire, humour and leadership
Collinson, D.L. 2010 In: Political and Civic Leadership: A Sage Reference Handbook. London : Sage p. 1071-1080. 10 p.
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Blended leadership: employee perspectives on effective leadership in the UK further education sector
Collinson, D.L., Collinson, M. 08/2009 In: Leadership. 5, 3, p. 365-380. 16 p.
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Leadership and Self Regulation
Collinson, D.L. 2009 N/A : unknown.
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Manufacturing conformity: leadership through coercive persuasion in business organizations
Collinson, D.L., Tourish, D., Barker, J.R. 2009 In: M@n@gement. 12, 5, p. 360-383. 24 p.
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Men, Diversity at Work, and Diversity Management
Hearn, J., Collinson, D.L. 2009 In: Theory and Scholarship in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work: Research Companion. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 372-382. 11 p.
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Personalising Learner Voice
Collinson, D.L. 2008 N/A : unknown.
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New Directions in Leadership Excellence
Collinson, D.L. 2008 N/A : unknown.
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Leadership Development and Succession
Collinson, D.L. 2008 N/A : unknown.
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Distributed and Shared Leadership
Collinson, D.L. 2008 N/A : unknown.
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Leading Employer Engagement
Collinson, D.L. 2008 N/A : unknown.
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Researching Disabilities
Collinson, D.L. 2008 N/A : unknown.
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Rethinking Leadership and Followership
Collinson, D.L. 2008 In: The Sage Handbook of Organizational Behaviour: Volume 2: Macro Approaches. London : Sage p. 251-264. 14 p. ISBN: 9781412934275.
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Subordination
Collinson, D.L. 2008 In: International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. London : Sage p. 1487-1490. 4 p. ISBN: 1412915155.
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Leadership in organizations
Collinson, D.L. 2008 In: The Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Communication. Oxford : Blackwell p. 2672-2677. 6 p. ISBN: 1405131993.
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Conformist, resistant and disguised selves: a post-structuralist approach to identity and workplace followership
Collinson, D.L. 2008 In: The Art of Followership. N/A : unknown p. 309-324. 16 p. ISBN: 0787996653.
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Collaborative Leadership
Collinson, D.L. 2007 N/A : unknown.
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Leadership and the Learner Voice
Collinson, D.L. 2007 N/A : unknown.
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Leading Quality Improvement
Collinson, D.L. 2007 N/A : unknown.
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Developing Middle Leaders
Collinson, D.L. 2007 N/A : unknown.
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''Blended leadership'': employee perspectives on effective leadership in the U.K. FE sector
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 2007 Lancaster University : Centre for Excellence in Leadership
Working paper

Communities of leadership in FE
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 2007 Lancaster University : Centre for Excellence in Leadership
Working paper

Research overview: effective leader-led relations
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 2007 Lancaster University : Centre for Excellence in Leadership
Working paper

Work and masculinity
Collinson, D.L. 2007 In: Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. London and New York : Routledge p. 69-73. 5 p. ISBN: 0415333431.
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Researching Leadership in the Learning and Skills Sector: By the Sector, On the Sector, For the Sector
Collinson, D.L. 2007 N/A : unknown.
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Trust relations in high-reliability organisations
Cox, S.J., Jones, B.M., Collinson, D.L. 2006 In: Risk Analysis. 26, 5, p. 1123-1138. 16 p.
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Rethinking followership: a post-structuralist analysis of follower identities
Collinson, D.L. 2006 In: The Leadership Quarterly. 17, 2, p. 172-189. 18 p.
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What do we mean by communication? Responding to Mumby and Ashcraft
Martin, P.Y., Collinson, D.L. 2006 In: Gender, Work and Organization. 13, 1, p. 91-95. 5 p.
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Men, masculinities and workplace diversity/diversion: power, intersections and paradoxes
Hearn, J., Collinson, D.L. 2006 In: Handbook of Workplace Diversity. London : Sage p. 299-322. 24 p. ISBN: 0-7619-4422-2.
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Local management and leadership
Fox, S., Kerr, R., Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L., Swan, S.E. 2005 In: Realising the Potential: A Review of the Future Role of Further Education Colleges. London : Department for Education and Skills p. 15. 15 p.
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Discussion of Thomas and Davies: Refuting Romanticism: the value of feminist perspectives for understanding resistance
Collinson, D.L. 2005 In: Organization. 12, 5, p. 741-746. 6 p.
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Dialectics of leadership
Collinson, D.L. 2005 In: Human Relations. 58, 11, p. 1419-1442. 24 p.
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Leadership challenges
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 2005 Lancaster University : Leadership
Working paper

Leader-led relations in context
Collinson, D.L., Collinson, M. 2005 Lancaster University : Leadership
Working paper

Irony in a post-ironic world
Linstead, S., Collinson, D.L. 2005 In: Irony and Organisations: Epistemological Claims and Supporting Field Stories. Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School Press p. 381-393. 13 p. ISBN: 8763001314.
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The leadership agenda
Collinson, D.L., Grint, K. 2005 In: Leadership. 1, 1, p. 5-9. 5 p.
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Questions of distance
Collinson, D.L. 2005 In: Leadership. 1, 2, p. 235-250. 16 p.
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Elizabeth 1st
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 2005 In: Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History. Great Barrington : Multilingual Matters p. 637-640. 4 p. ISBN: 0-9743091-0-9.
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Resistance, misbehaviour and dissent
Collinson, D.L., Ackroyd, S. 2005 In: The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 305-326. 22 p. ISBN: 0-19-926992-0.
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Men and masculinities in work, organizations and management
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 2005 In: The Sage Handbook of Men and Masculinities. London : Sage p. 289-310. 22 p. ISBN: 0-7619-2369-1.
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The management of humour and the humour of management
Collinson, D.L. 2004 In: The Financial Times Handbook of Management. Financial Times Prentice Hall p. 212-216. 5 p. ISBN: 0-273-67584-2.
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The leadership of Elizabeth I
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 2004 In: Encyclopedia of Leadership. London : Sage p. 429-433. 5 p. ISBN: 0-7619-2597-X.
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Humour and leadership
Collinson, D.L. 2004 In: Encyclopedia of Leadership. London : Sage p. 689-694. 6 p. ISBN: 0-7619-2597-X.
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The power of time: leadership, management and gender
Collinson, D.L., Collinson, M. 2004 In: Fighting for Time: Shifting Boundaries of Work and Social Life. New York : Russell Sage Foundation p. 219-246. 28 p. ISBN: 0-87154-286-2.
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Critical studies on men, masculinities and management
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 2003 In: Effective Educational Leadership. London : Paul Chapman Publishing / Sage p. 201 - 215. 15 p. ISBN: 0-7619-4056-1.
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Identities and insecurities: selves at work
Collinson, D.L. 2003 In: Organization. 10, 3, p. 527 - 547. 21 p.
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Naming men as men: implications for work, organization and management
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 2003 In: Reader in Gender, Work and Organisation. Oxford : Blackwell p. 78-86. 9 p. ISBN: 140510256X.
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Breaking the silence: on men, masculinities and managements
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 2003 In: Reader in Gender, Work and Organisation. Oxford : Blackwell p. 75-78. 4 p. ISBN: 140510256X.
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A response to Wray-Bliss: revisiting the shopfloor
Collinson, D.L. 2002 In: Organization. 9, 1, p. 41-50. 10 p.
Journal article

Managing humour
Collinson, D.L. 2002 In: Journal of Management Studies. 39, 2, p. 269-288. 20 p.
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Over the pond and across the water: developing the field of gendered organizations
Martin, P.Y., Collinson, D.L. 2002 In: Gender, Work and Organization. 9, 3, p. 244-265. 22 p.
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Surviving surveillance
Collinson, D.L. 2002 In: Sociologia del Lavoro. 86-8, p. 105-124. 20 p.
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Organizational Studies: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management Vol 4 (of 4 vols): Evil Empires
Antonacopoulou, E., Bresnen, M., Burrell, G., Collinson, D.L., Corbett, M., Dale, K., Legge, K., Land, C., Morgan, G., Swan, J. 2001 London and New York : Routledge. ISBN: 0415215536.
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Organizational Studies: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management Vol 2 (of 4 vols): Objectivity and its Other
Antonacopoulou, E., Bresnen, M., Burrell, G., Collinson, D.L., Corbett, M., Dale, K., Legge, K., Land, C., Morgan, G., Swan, J. 2001 London and New York : Routledge. ISBN: 0141521553.
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Organizational Studies: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management: Vol 1 (of 4 vols): Modes of Management
Antonacopoulou, E., Bresnen, M., Burrell, G., Collinson, D.L., Corbett, M., Dale, K., Legge, K., Land, C., Morgan, G., Swan, J. 2001 London and New York : Routledge. ISBN: 041215536.
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Organizational Studies: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management Vol 3 (of 4 vols): Selves and Subjects
Collinson, D.L. 2001 London and New York : Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-21553-6.
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Selves and subjects
Dale, K., Collinson, D.L. 2001 In: Organizational Studies: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management Vol 3 (of 4 vols): Selves and Subjects. London and New York : Routledge ISBN: 0-415-21553-6.
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Naming men as men: implications for work, organization and management
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 2001 In: The Sociology of Masculinity. Cambridge : Polity Press p. 144-169. 26 p. ISBN: 0-7456-2689-0.
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Take your mother not your lover
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 2000 In: Introduction to Organizational Behaviour. Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill p. 234-237. 4 p. ISBN: 0-07709535-9.
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Strategies of resistance: power, knowledge and subjectivity in the workplace
Collinson, D.L. 2000 In: Work and Society: A Reader. Cambridge : Polity Press p. 163-198. 36 p. ISBN: 0745622232.
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Critical perspectives on men, masculinities and management
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 2000 In: Women in Management: Current Research Issues II. London : Paul Chapman Publishing / Sage p. 263-278. 16 p. ISBN: 1853962899.
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Surviving the rigs: safety and surveillance on north sea oil installations
Collinson, D.L. 1999 In: Organization Studies. 20, 4, p. 579-600. 22 p.
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Gender, sexuality and organization
Yantin-Marcey, P., Collinson, D.L. 1999 In: Revisioning Gender. London : Sage p. 285-310. 26 p. ISBN: 0-7619-0617-7.
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Shift-ing lives: work-home pressures in the North Sea oil industry
Collinson, D.L. 1998 In: Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology. 35, 3, p. 301-324. 24 p.
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Men, masculinities, managements and organisational culture
Hearn, J., Collinson, D.L. 1998 In: Zeitschrift Fur Personal Forschung. 12, 1, p. 210-222. 13 p.
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Delayering managers, time space surveillance and its gendered effects
Collinson, D.L., Collinson, M. 1997 In: Organization. 4, 3, p. 373-405. 33 p.
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Men as Managers, Managers as Men: Critical Perspectives on Men, Masculinities and Managements
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 1996 London : Sage. ISBN: 0-8039-8929-6.
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Men managing leadership? Men and women of the corporation revisited
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 1996 In: The International Review of Women and Leadership. 1, 2, p. 1-24. 24 p.
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Barriers to employee rights: gender, selection and the labour process
Collinson, D.L., Collinson, M. 1996 In: Employee Rights and Responsibilities Journal (US). 9, 3, p. 229-249. 21 p.
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It's only Dick: the sexual harassment of women managers in insurance sales
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 1996 In: Work, Employment and Society. 1, 10, p. 29-56. 28 p.
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Having fun? Workplace resistance and humour in Brazil
Rodrigues, S., Collinson, D.L. 1995 In: Organization Studies. 16, 5, p. 739-768. 30 p.
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Workplace resistance in Western Europe
Edwards, P., Collinson, D.L., Della Rocca, G. 1995 In: European Journal of Industrial Relations. 1, 3, p. 283-316. 34 p.
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Metaphors of control and resistance
Rodrigues, S., Collinson, D.L. 1994 In: Revista Annual de ANPAD: Special Issue on Human Resource Management (Brazil). 10, p. 168-190. 23 p.
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Naming men as men: implications for work, organization and management
Collinson, D.L., Hearn, J. 1994 In: Gender, Work and Organization. 1, 1, p. 2-22. 21 p.
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Take your mother not your lover
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 1993 In: Case Studies in Organisational Behaviour. Oxford : Blackwell p. 63-65. 3 p. ISBN: 0-471-42119-7.
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Managing the Shop Floor: Subjectivity, Masculinity and Workplace Culture
Collinson, D.L. 1992 Berlin : Walter De Gruyter. ISBN: 3-11-012257-X.
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Mismanaging sexual harassment: protecting the perpetrator and blaming the victim
Collinson, D.L., Collinson, M. 1992 In: Women and Management Journal. 7, 7, p. 11-17. 7 p.
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Poachers turned gamekeepers: are personnel managers one of the barriers to equal opportunities?
Collinson, D.L. 1991 In: Human Resource Management Journal. 1, 3, p. 58-76. 19 p.
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Managing to Discriminate
Collinson, D.L., Knights, D., Collinson, M. 1990 London and New York : Routledge. 272 p. ISBN: 0-415-01817-X.
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Sexuality in the workplace: the domination of men's sexuality
Collinson, M., Collinson, D.L. 1989 In: The Sexuality of Organization. London : Sage p. 91-109. 19 p. ISBN: 0-803-98231-3.
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Engineering humour: masculinity, joking and conflict in shop floor relations
Collinson, D.L. 1988 In: Organization Studies. 1, 3, p. 58-76. 19 p.
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A question of equal opportunities: a survey of staff in a large insurance company
Collinson, D.L. 1987 In: Personnel Review Select. 16, 1, p. 19-29. 11 p.
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Banking on women: selection practices in the finance sector
Collinson, D.L. 1987 In: Personnel Review Select. 16, 5, p. 12-20. 9 p.
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Picking women: the recruitment of temporary workers in the mail order industry
Collinson, D.L. 1987 In: Work, Employment and Society. 1, 3, p. 371-387. 17 p.
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Disciplining the shopfloor: a comparison of the disciplinary effects of managerial and financial accounting
Knights, D., Collinson, D.L. 1987 In: Accounting, Organizations and Society. 12, 5, p. 457-477. 21 p.
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Men only: theories and practices of job segregation
Knights, D., Collinson, D.L. 1986 In: Gender and the Labour Process. Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company p. 180-178. 3 p. ISBN: 0566009994.
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Redesigning work on the shop floor: a question of control or consent?
Knights, D., Collinson, D.L. 1985 In: Job Redesign: Critical Perspectives on the Labour Process. Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company p. 197-226. 30 p. ISBN: 0-566-00883-1.
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Job Redesign: Critical Perspectives on the Labour Process
Knights, D., Willmott, H., Collinson, D.L. 1985 Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company. ISBN: 0-566-00883-1.
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