Research Seminar with Professor Mats Alvesson
Critical management studies: scholarship beyond technical concerns.
One of the key tasks of universities in general and social science in particular is to contribute to critical thinking and the critical scrutiny of societal institutions, ideologies, interests and identities. Management studies and education often fail in this respect, perhaps often emphasizing the technical aspects or functioning as an ideological support of management. The seminar gives a brief overview of Critical management studies, point as some problems and possibilities and gives some examples of ’performative’ CMS, i.e. studies aiming to have a practical impact, including a research project on functional stupidity in organizations.
Mats Alvesson is Professor of Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden, and, part-time, University of Queensland Business School, Australia and Cass Business School, London. His research inter¬ests include critical theory, gender, power, professional services firms, organizational culture, leadership, identity, organizational image, qualitative methods and philosophy of science. Recent books include Understanding Gender and Organizations (Sage, 2009, with Y. Billing), Reflexive Methodology (Sage, 2009, with K. Sköldberg), Interpreting Interviews (Sage, 2010), The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, higher education and work organization (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Constructing Research Questions: Doing interesting research (Sage 2013, with J. Sandberg).