The Break-Up Of Modern Management

Workshop at Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School

20-21 November 2014

Co-hosted by The Critical Management Studies Research Group, Manchester Business School

Guest speakers

  • Fabian Muñiesa, Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, École des Mines
  • Steve Brown, School of Management, Leicester Business School
  • Brit Ross Winthereik, Technologies in Practice, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Andre Spicer, Cass Business School, City University London

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Management has become an on-going matter of public controversy. Trust in management, for example, is now widely questioned in the wake of a number of recent crises and scandals taking place in both public organizations (health, education, social services) and private industries – the banking and financial services, energy, advertising, etc. The butt of comedy from Monty Python to David Brent’s ‘The Office’, management is pictured as more or less absurd and for many it will be difficult to imagine that students in higher education actively want a career in ‘management’. Does this suggest that management as a discipline or profession is currently in crisis and that we are witness to the break-up of management as we have come to understand it? At the same time, belief in the necessity of management has not disappeared and indeed appears to be unscathed: more management is typically the proposed solution to any ‘crisis’. Despite a widespread recognition that management entails unintended and unanticipated effects, it continues to marshal hope and belief in creating better and more rational organizations.

In this workshop, we seek to explore these dynamics through science and technology studies (STS), actor-network theory (ANT), or critical management studies (CMS).

August 15: Abstract submission (extended abstracts, 1000-1500 words)
November 1: Paper submission
Please submit your abstracts to