Professor Bogdan Costea

Professor of Management and Society

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.

Reclaiming Good Government in the face of the Competition State, Neoliberalism and Managerialism
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8th International Conference on Critical Management Studies
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University of Exeter
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Oxford University Press International Conference
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8th International Conference on Critical Management Studies
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Conference of the Management History Research
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The Danger of Potentiality: Who Speaks HRM?
Invited talk

The Subject is Work The Time of the Will to Power or the future for Hegel and Marx
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JUSTINE GRONBAEK PORS’ PHD THESIS: NOISY MANAGEMENT – A HISTORY OF THE DANISH SCHOOL GOVERNING FROM 1970-2010
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Critical Management Studies 2011
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7th International Conference on Critical Management Studies
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Managing To Avoid The Danger
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EGOS Conference
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The Vitality of Managerialism: Images of Work in the 21st Century
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Is human resourcefulness infinite? Notes on the human morphology of managerialism
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EFMD Conference on Undergraduate Management Education 2010
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EGOS Conference
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Michel Foucault: Summer School
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Heidegger and Marx: A Productive Dialogue
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HR Research Network
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Experimentality: Workshop 1, Programme Launch
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Academy of Management Annual Meeting
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Beyond Chandler – Intellectual Impulses for Business and Management History Tomorrow
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Imagining the political / The politics of imagination The Sociological Review 100th Anniversary Conference
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Critical Management Studies 2009
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Critical Management Studies 2009
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Subjectivity in the Foundation of Contemporary Thinking
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Inner-Life Spirituality
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Heidegger’s Last God: who now can still save us?
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RETHINKING LABOUR: LABOUR AFFECT AND MATERIAL CULTURE
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Play, Work and the Modern Sense of Self - with Norman Crump
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Management and Organizational History (Journal)
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Ethics and Information Technology (Journal)
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  • Management and Society
  • People, Work and Organisation