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Module Reading List

Management, Work and Organisations, 2019/20, Semester 1
Jiachen Shi
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Reading List

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General Texts

No textbook is needed for the module. Some useful general books:

Alvesson, M. (2002) Understanding organizational culture, London: Sage

Clegg, S. Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T. (2008) Managing and Organizations- An introduction to Theory and Practice, London- Sage  

Noon, M. and Blyton, P. (2013) The Realities of Work, Basingstoke- Palgrave

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D. (2009) Work Organisations, Basingstoke- Palgrave

Parker, M. (2002) Against management : organization in the age of managerialism, London: Polity Press


There is no one set text for this course. Most of the readings on the course are articles from periodicals or chapters from books, and can all be found in the West Building of the Brotherton Library and/or in the Edward Boyle Library.

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Week 1: Introduction

Alvesson, M. and Willmott, (2012) Making Sense of Management: a Critical Introduction, Chapter 2

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D. (2009) Work Organisations, Basingstoke- Palgrave, Chapter 1

For the 4th edition of Thompson and McHugh Work organisations : a critical introduction (2002) ALL chapters are available electronically via the library catalogue.

Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (2007) Introducing organizational behaviour and management ISBN: 9781408030189 (pbk.); 1408030187; 9781408064276; 1408064278 ,London: Thompson, Chapter 1

Clegg, S. (1990) ‘Modernist and post-modernist organization’ in Pugh, D. ed. (2007) Organization Theory: Selected Classical Theory, Penguin Books pp577-615

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Week 2: Organization theory: from modernism to post-coloniality 

Burrell, G. (1988) ‘Modernism, post-modernism and organizational analysis’, Organization Studies. ISSN: 0170-8406, 9(2)

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (2001) Work, postmodernism and organization : a critical introduction ISBN: 9781847876461 (e-book), London: Sage, Chapter 2

Kamoche, K. and Qixun Siebers, L. (2015) ‘Chinese management practices in Kenya: toward a post-colonial critique’, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(21)

McKenna, S. (2011) ‘A critical analysis of North American business leaders neo-colonial discourse: global fears and local consequences’, Organization, 18(3)

Frenkel, M. and Shenhav, Y. (2006) ‘From binarism back to hybridity: a postcolonial reading of management and organization studies’ Organization Studies, 27(6)

Yousfi, H. (2014) ‘Rethinking hybridity in postcolonial contexts: what changes and what persists? The Tunisian case of Poulina’s managers’, Organization Studies, 35(3)

Nkomo, S. (2011) ‘A postcolonial and anti-colonial reading of ‘African’ leadership and management in organization studies: tensions, contradictions and possibilities’, Organization, 18(3)

Ulus, E. (2015) ‘Workplace emotions in postcolonial spaces: enduring legacies, ambivalence, and subversion’, Organization, 22(6)


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Week 3: Culture management


Willmott, H. (1993) 'Strength is ignorance, slavery is freedom: managing culture in modern organisations’, Journal of Management Studies, 30(5)

Grugulis, I. (2007) Skills, Training and Human Resource Development: a critical text, Palgrave Macmilan, Chapter 7 (the chapter available electronically on Minerva for LUBS2000 – click on ‘reading’, then click ‘on online reading folder’ – this book is on the bottom of the page)

 Fleming, P. and Sturdy, A. (2011) ‘Being yourself’ in the electronic sweatshop: New forms of normative control’, Human Relations, 64(2)

 Ogbonna, E. and Harris, L. (2002) ‘Managing organizational culture: insights from the hospitality industry’, Human Resource Management Journal, 12(1)

 Fleming, P. (2013) ‘Down with Big Brother’: the end of corporate culture’, Journal of Management Studies, 50(3)

Grugulis, I. et al. (2000) Cultural control and the ‘culture manager’: employment practices in a consultancy’, Work, Employment and Society, 14(1) 


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Week 4: Gender in organisations


Acker, J. 2006. Inequality regimes gender, class, and race in organizations, Gender & Society, 20(4), pp. 441–64.

de Klerk, S. & Verreynne, L. 2017. The networking practices of women managers in an emerging economy setting: negotiating institutional and social barriers, Human resource management journal. , 27(3), pp. 477–501.  

Durbin, S. & Tomlinson, J. 2014. Female Part-Time Managers: Careers, Mentors and Role Models, Work, employment and society. , 21(4), pp. 308–320.  

Kirsch, A. 2017. The gender composition of corporate boards: A review and research agenda, The leadership quarterly. [In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 20 June 2017]

Stainback, K., Kleiner, S. & Skaggs, S. 2016. Women in Power - Undoing or Redoing the Gendered Organization? Gender & society. , 30(1), pp. 109-135.  

Williams, C. L. 2015. Crossing Over: Interdisciplinary Research on “Men who do Women’s Work" Sex roles. , 72(7–8), pp.390–39


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Week 5: Emotional labour in organizations

.Ashforth, B. and Humphrey, R. (1993) 'Emotional Labour in Service Roles- The Influence of Identity', Academy of Management Review, 18(1)- pp. 88-115.

Bolton, S. (2004) 'Conceptual Confusion- Emotional Work as Skilled Work' in Warhurst, C. Grugulis, I. and Keep, E. (Eds.) The Skills That Matter, Basingstoke- Palgrave

Bolton, S. and C. Boyd (2003) 'Trolley Dolly or Skilled Emotion Manager? Moving on from Hochschild's Managed Heart' Work, Employment and Society 17-2.

Curley, C., & Royle, T. (2013). The degradation of work and the end of the skilled emotion worker at Aer Lingus: is it all trolley dollies now? . Work, employment and society.27(1), 105-121.

Hochschild, A. (2012) The Managed Heart- Commercialization of Human Feelings, Berkeley- University of California Press (Chapters 1, 3 and 6)

Lopez, S. H. (2006) ‘Emotional Labor and Organized Emotional Care: Conceptualizing Nursing Home Care Work’. Work and occupations., 33, 2: 133-60


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Week 6: Politics in organizations

Ackroyd, S. (2002) The Organization of Business, Oxford- OUP (Chapter 4)

Ackroyd, S. and Thompson, P. (1999) Organizational Misbehaviour, London- Sage (Chapters 1 and 4)

Clegg, S. Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T. (2005) Managing and Organizations- An introduction to Theory and Practice, London- Sage, Chapter 5

Taylor, P. and Bain, P. (2003) 'Subterranean Worksick Blues- Humour as Subversion in Two Call Centres', Organization Studies. , 24(9)- 1487-1509.

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D. (2009) Work Organisations, Basingstoke- Palgrave (Chapter 21)

Lloyds, A. (2019) 'Harm at Work: Bullying and Special Liberty in the Retail Sector', Critical Criminology, Apr 2019, pp.1-15.

Richards, J. (2008) ‘The many approaches to organisational misbehaviour: A review, map and research agenda’, Employee relations. , 30(6)


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Week 7: Skills, 'soft' skills and the class ceiling in organisations

Friedman, S. and Laurison, D. (2019) The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged, Bristol: Policy Press

Cockburn, C. (1983) Brothers- Male Dominance and Technological Change, London- Pluto (Introduction and Chapters 1, 7 and 8)

Grugulis, I. (2007) Skills, Training and Human Resource Development: a critical textPalgrave Macmilan, Chapter 7

Lafer, G. (2004) 'What is 'Skill'? Training for Discipline in the Low Wage Labour Market' in Warhurst, C. Grugulis, I. and Keep, E. (eds.) The Skills That Matter, Basingstoke- Palgrave


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Week 8: HRM and employment relations in small and medium sized organisations

Ram, M. (2001) ‘Family dynamics in a small consultancy firm: a case study’, Human relations.ISSN: 0018-7267, 54(4): 395-418

Baines, S. and Wheelock, J. (1998) ‘Reinventing traditional solutions: job creation, gender and he micro-business household’, Work, employment and society.ISSN: 0950-0170, 12(4): 579-601

Mullholland, K. (1997) ‘The family enterprise and business strategies’, Work, employment and society.ISSN: 0950-0170, 11(4): 685-711

Mulholland, K. (1996) ‘Gender power and property relations within entrepreneurial wealthy families’, Gender, work and organization.ISSN: 0968-6673, 3(2): 78-102

Holliday, R. and Letherby, G. (1993) ‘Happy families or poor relations? An exploration of family analogies in the small firm’, International small business journal.ISSN: 0266-2426, 11(2): 54-63

Ram, M. and Holliday, R. (1993) ‘Relative merits: family culture and kinship in small firms’, Sociology.ISSN: 0038-0385, 27(4): 629-648


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Week 9: Ethnicity in organizations

Vershinina, N. et al (2011) ‘Forms of capital, intra-ethnic variation and Polish entrepreneurs in Leicester’, Work, Employment and Society, 25(1): 101-117

Jones, T. and Ram, M. (2007) ‘Re-embedding the ethnic business agenda’, Work, Employment and Society, 21(3): 439-457

Ram, M. et al (2008) ‘Forms of capital, mixed embeddedness and Somali enterprise’, Work, Employment and Society, 22(3): 427-446

Holgate J, Keles J, Pollert A, Kumarappen L. 2012. Workplace Problems Among Kurdish Workers in London: Experiences of an 'Invisible' Community and the Role of Community Organisations as Support Networks. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 38(4), pp. 595-612

Dana, L.P. and Dana, T. (2008) ‘Collective entrepreneurship in a Mennonite community in Paraguay’, Latin American Business Review’, 8(4): 82-96

Lan, P. (2011) ‘White privilege, language capital and cultural ghettoisation: Eastern high-skilled migrants in Taiwan’, Journal of ethnic and migration studies. ISSN: 1369-183x, 37(10): 1669-1693

Leonard, P. (2010) ‘Work, identity and change? Post/colonial encounters in Hong Kong’, Journal of ethnic and migration studies. ISSN: 1369-183x, 36(8): 1247-1263


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Week 10: Concluding lecture: module review

Presents an overview of the course (no special reading; further sources to be provided in the lecture)

This list was last updated on 05/11/2019