Professor David Knights

Distinguished Scholar

Research Overview

My research interests are broad within the area of work and organization studies including gender, technology, higher education and the financial sector. My current research has been related to academics in business schools, the global financial crisis, the body and embodiment and most recently, veterinary surgeons. I jointly created and continue to edit Gender, Work, and Organization and have published several books and international refereed journal articles. I have benefited from securing numerous research grants the latest of which are concerned with the study of veterinary surgeons.

Careering through academia: securing identities or engaging ethical subjectivities?
Knights, D., Clarke, C. 1/10/2015 In: Human Relations.
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Masters of the universe: demystifying leadership in the context of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis
Knights, D., McCabe, D. 04/2015 In: British Journal of Management. 26, 2, p. 197-210. 14 p.
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Binaries need to shatter for bodies to matter: do disembodied masculinities undermine organizational ethics?
Knights, D. 03/2015 In: Organization. 22, 2, p. 200-216. 17 p.
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(Mis)managing diversity: exploring the dangers of diversity management orthodoxy
Knights, D., Omanović, V. 2015 In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.
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It’s a bittersweet symphony, this life: fragile academic selves and insecure identities at work
Knights, D., Clarke, C. 03/2014 In: Organization Studies. 35, 3, p. 335-357. 23 p.
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Managing masculinity, mismanaging markets: masculinities and the financial crisis
Knights, D., Tullberg, M. 03/2014 In: The Oxford handbook of gender in organizations. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199658213.
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Networking as knowledge work: a study of strategic interorganizational development in the financial services industry
Knights, D., Murray, F., Willmott, H. 2013 In: Case study methods in business research. London : Sage ISBN: 9781446247068.
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Transaction cost economics and open innovation: implications for theory and practice
Remneland-wikhamn, B., Knights, D. 09/2012 In: Creativity and Innovation Management. 21, 3, p. 277-289. 13 p.
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Managing masculinity/mismanaging the corporation
Knights, D., Tullberg, M. 07/2012 In: Organization. 19, 4, p. 385-404. 20 p.
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A labour of love?: academics in business schools
Clarke, C., Knights, D., Jarvis, C. 03/2012 In: Scandinavian Journal of Management. 28, 1, p. 5-15. 11 p.
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Feeling and speaking through our gendered bodies: embodied self-reflection and research practice in organization studies
Thanem, T., Knights, D. 2012 In: International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion . 5, 1, p. 91-108. 18 p.
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Introducing organizational behaviour and management
Knights, D., Willmott, H. 2012 2nd ed. ed. Andover : Cengage Learning. 632 p. ISBN: 9781408030189.
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Introduction
Knights, D., Willmott, H. 2012 In: Introducing organizational behaviour and management. Andover : Cengage Learning p. 1-40. 40 p. ISBN: 9781408064276.
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Management and leadership
Knights, D., Willmott, H. 2012 In: Introducing organizational behaviour and management. Andover : Cengage Learning p. 296-348. 53 p. ISBN: 9781408064276.
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Managing people: contexts of HRM, diversity and social inequality
Kerfoot, D., Knights, D. 2012 In: Introducing organizational behaviour and management. Andover : Cengage Learning p. 159-165. 7 p. ISBN: 9781408030189.
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Organization, structure and design
Knights, D., Willmott, H. 2012 In: Introducing organizational behaviour and management. Andover : Cengage Learning p. 240-295. 56 p. ISBN: 9781408030189.
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Political organization and decision making
Knights, D., Odih, P. 2012 In: Introducing organizational behaviour and management. Andover : Cengage Learning p. 349-373. 25 p. ISBN: 9781408030189.
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The conditions of our freedom: Foucault, organization and ethics
Crane, A., Knights, D., Starkey, K. 2012 In: New directions in business ethics. Los Angeles : Sage ISBN: 9780857029881.
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Gendered incorporations: critically embodied reflections on the gender divide in organisation studies
Knights, D., Thanem, T. 01/2011 In: International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion . 4, 3-4, p. 217-235. 19 p.
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Introduction: 5 seperate sections
Jeanes, E., Knights, D., Yancey Martin, P. 2011 In: Handbook of gender, work and organization. Chichester : Wiley ISBN: 9781444394726.
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Introductions
Knights, D., Willmott, H. 2011 In: Organizational analysis. Andover : Cengage Learning ISBN: 9781408020173.
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In search of relevance: perspectives on the contribution of academic—practitioner networks
Knights, D., Scarbrough, H. 09/2010 In: Organization Studies. 31, 9-10, p. 1287-1309. 23 p.
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Introduction: A Post-crisis Critical Reflection on Business Schools
Currie, G., Knights, D., Starkey, K. 03/2010 In: British Journal of Management. 21, Suppl. S1, 5 p.
Editorial

Sustainability of the international sourcing model
Knights, D. 2010 In: Organizing and managing in the era of globalization . New Delhi : Sage ISBN: 9788132102465.
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Making and mending your nets: managing relevance, participation and uncertainty in academic-practitioner knowledge networks
Alferoff, C., Knights, D. 03/2009 In: British Journal of Management. 20, 1, p. 125-142. 18 p.
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Power at work in organizations
Knights, D. 2009 In: The Oxford handbook of critical management studies. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199237715.
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Self-critical Reflections on CMS: Special Issue on developments in Critical Management Studies
Bergström, O., Knights, D. 2009 In: Critical Management Studies.
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Myopic rhetorics: reflecting epistemologically and ethically on the demand for relevance in organizational and management research
Knights, D. 1/12/2008 In: Academy of Management Learning and Education. 7, 4, p. 537-552. 16 p.
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The night of the bug: technology, risk and (dis)organization at the fin de siecle
Knights, D., Vurdubakis, T., Willmott, H. 08/2008 In: Management and Organizational History. 3, 3-4, p. 289-309. 21 p.
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The conditions of our freedom: Foucault, organization and ethics
Crane, A., Knights, D., Starkey, K. 07/2008 In: Business Ethics Quarterly. 18, 3, p. 299-320. 22 p.
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Reluctant leaders: an analysis of middle managers' perceptions of leadership in further education in England
Gleeson, D., Knights, D. 02/2008 In: Leadership. 4, 1, p. 49-72. 24 p.
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Gender and emotion
Knights, D., Surman, E. 01/2008 In: Gender, Work and Organization. 15, 1
Special issue

Customer relationship management in call centers: the uneasy process of re(form)ing the subject through the ‘people-by-numbers’ approach
Alferoff, C., Knights, D. 2008 In: Information and Organization. 18, 1, p. 29-50. 22 p.
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Time and gender
Sabelis, I., Knights, D., Odih, P. 2008 In: Gender, Work and Organization. 15
Special issue

Corporate strategy, organizations, and subjectivity: a critique
Knights, D., Morgan, G. 04/1991 In: Organization Studies. 12, 2, p. 251-273. 23 p.
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Gender and the Labour Process
Knights, D., Willmott, H. 1986 Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company. ISBN: 0566009994.
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