Damian O’Doherty


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Damian is a senior lecturer in Organisation Analysis at Manchester Business School, and the Co-Founder of the Manchester Ethnography Network.
Damian is currently writing a book detailing an ethnographic study of a UK international airport where he spent over 2 years conducting fieldwork between 2009 and 2012. A site of contested political, social and economic agendas, this research takes up the challenge which airports pose to our current theoretical understanding of organization and management. Early findings suggest that the operation of airports exceed existing paradigmatic boundaries and demand serious reflection on the nature of social scientific research. He has published several papers that lay out the innovative nature of this study (Organization, 2009) and has presented a number of early papers based upon the original empirical material at a number of international academic conferences. A BBC film was made about this research and was broadcast in December 2010 and he has presented to a number of industry and policy making institutions in the UK and European aviation industry including the British Aviation Group and various international tourist associations interested in the economic development potential of airports.

This current research builds upon a longer term interest in questions of order and disorder in organization that was first addressed in a quartet of papers that looked at the question of theory in organization analysis; radical developments in “anti”-methodology; developments in subjectivity and identity; and pedagogy in management and organizational analysis. He has been published in various international peer reviewed journals, including Organization, Organization Studies, Sociology, Sociological Review, International Studies in Management and Organization, and Anthropology Today. He is editor of the journal Culture and Organization and is board member of the International Critical Management Studies association.


John Hassard

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John is Professor of Organisation Analysis at Manchester Business School, and the Co-Founder of the Manchester Ethnography Network.
Professor Hassard’s main research interests lie in the areas of organisation theory and change. For the former, he is interested incritical and philosophical approaches to organisational analysis, notablycontributing to debates on paradigms, labour processes, time, actor networks and post-modernism. For the latter, his work relates to management and organizational development in the manufacturing firm. This work often takes an international dimension, as with studies of enterprise restructuring in the Chinese state-owned steel industry and management reform in Japan, U.K. and U.S.A. Professor Hassard has received a large amount of research funding in connection with these studies from, for example, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Department of Trade and Industry, the British Council, the Department of Health, and the United Nations. His research has resulted in the publication of fifteen books, over 60 articles in edited collections, and more than 90 articles in journals such as Industrial Relations, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Organisation Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, and Human Relations. Professor Hassard holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oulu, Finland, and serves on theeditorial boards of several academic journals.


Felicity Heathcote-Márcz
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Felicity is Online and Web Manager to the Manchester Ethnography Network. She is also a PhD candidate at Manchester Business School supervised by Damian O’Doherty and Penny Harvey.
Felicity is a Doctoral Researcher at MBS. She works as a Group Consultant on a final year critical theory and management course for undergraduates, exploring ‘role’ as the problematic necessity for life in organisations. She also teaches more traditional classes. She presents her work at invited guest lectures and academic conferences and is currently writing papers for publication and in the ‘process’ of ethnographic fieldwork. Having completed an MRes in managing networks of humans and technology, she is now extending her research into ‘cyborg’ (techno-social) phenomena and organisational culture to complete her PhD project.



Other Academics in the Manchester Ethnography Network:



Christine McLean
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Chris is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Business School. Chris’s main teaching areas include social studies of technology and organising, research methodology, and actor network theory. These overlap with her research work in which she has a keen interest in the ways in which we understand the role of objects with respect to the organising process and the process of visualisation. She has been involved in a variety of empirical research projects using an ethnographic style of investigation and she is currently involved in a project exploring the role of visual management in the newspaper printing industry. In particular this involves exploring the processes and performances by which objects are repeated into action through various sets of practices and relations. Furthermore, this calls into question how we examine notions of objects, practices, multiplicity, alterity, stability and change.


Dean Pierides
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Dean Pierides is a Lecturer in Organisations and Society at Manchester Business School. Influenced by the discipline of anthropology and drawing on its sister social sciences, his research is located in organisation studies. His current research is about: (i) emergencies and catastrophic disasters; (ii) organisations, societies and markets; (iii) the music industry; and, (iv) knowledge. He is a member of the Board of the Research Committee on Sociology of Organisation for the International Sociological Association, a contributing member of the Charisma Network on Consumer Market Studies and a founding member and former director of the Cluster for the Study of Organisation Society and Markets (COSM).


Damian Hodgson
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Damian is Professor of Organisational Analysis at Manchester Business School, joint lead of the Primary Care theme of Greater Manchester CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) and convenor of the Manchester Projects, Programmes and Portfolios (MP3) Research Network.
His research centres on issues of power, knowledge, identity and control in complex organisations and the management of experts/professionals. Over the last decade, he has devoted much of his efforts to the study of innovative forms of control over knowledge workers and professionals, across various sectors. A particular interest over the last decade has been to encourage and expand the field of Critical Project Studies, supported by the organisation of a series of research conferences entitled “Making Projects Critical”, and in parallel analysing the emergence of project management as a corporate profession.


Helene Ratner
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Helene is an Assistant Professor at Copenhagen Business School. She is interested in the performative and transformative relations between knowledge, technologies, welfare policy and management practices. Helene researches the management of welfare interventions around children at risk. In her doctoral work, she explored how school managers worked with reflexively changing educational practices to create an ‘inclusive school’. In her post doctoral research, she studied coordination of interventions around children at risk, with a focus on digitalization strategies in social work, the generalization of specific methods and collaboration across different welfare professionals. Theoretically, Helene finds her inspiration in anthropology and sociology of knowledge, specifically discussions within (post-) actor-network theory.


Leo McCann
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Leo is a Professor of Organisation Studies at Manchester Business School. Leo’s primary research and teaching interests lie in the fields of sociology of work, and in critical explorations of how various forms of ‘restructuring’ affect workplaces and workers in an international context. He has recently completed his first textbook, International and Comparative Business: Foundations of Political Economies (Sage Publications, 2014) based on over a decade of experience teaching and researching comparative capitalism, globalization, and the often problematic restructuring of organizations and work.
His most recent research, with colleagues Prof Paula Hyde, Prof John Hassard, and Dr Edward Granter, is an ethnographic exploration of middle and junior managers in the UK’s National Health Service.


Paul Evans
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Paul is a Lecturer in Business Analytics at Manchester Business School.


Paula Hyde
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Paula is a Professor in Organisation and Society at Manchester Business School. Paula’s research and teaching focuses on the effects of organising on the way work gets done. She led several research projects for the National Institute for Health Research using ethnographic methods to examine the realities of working life for managers and staff in different types of health service organisation. Her research interests include the organisation dynamics of elder care, human resource management and more recently, health service management and institutional abuse. She conducts psychodynamic research into organizational life particularly in health and social care organisations.


Ed Granter
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Ed is a Lecturer in Organisation and Society at Manchester Business School. His interests include Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, and the sociology of work. Ed has recently been working with Leo McCann on the concept of extreme work, as well as exploring the links between business and organized crime.


Simon Bailey
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Simon is a Research Fellow in the Organisations & Society subject group of the People, Management and Organisation division at Manchester Business School. My research interests are in the critical study of management and organisations, and with exploring relations of power, knowledge and subjectivity within public organisations, with a particular focus on healthcare. My research is strongly interdisciplinary, contributing to research and theory in organisation studies, sociology of work, medical sociology, childhood and education. I am also interested in the theory and method of ethnography and narrative and arts-based methods, and in the work of Michel Foucault.


Oz Gore
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Oz is a PhD researcher at Manchester Business School, supervised by Christine McLean, and is part of the Manchester Business School Organisation and Society research group. Oz’s PhD project explores economic policy making with the tools of STS, ANT and process philosophy. It involves an ethnographic-style investigation into notions of objectivity and subjectivity enacted through ‘organisational events’ and how ‘economic encounters’ are shaped and give rise to different paths.